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* In the ''Flying Northman'' chapters of the crossover fic ''Fanfic/EventHorizonStormOfMagic'', the [[MegaCorp Company) builds a rail line served by the eponymous steam train, since diesel is too expensive to set up for now, they don't want to share their fusion powered trains and maglevs, and because of the RuleOfCool.
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9th Mar '16 5:32:50 AM StFan
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--> - "Light at the End of the Tunnel," '''''Theatre/StarlightExpress'''''

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* PlayedWith in ThomasTheTankEngine of all places. The books began being written back when steam locomotives were the standard. [[TechnologyMarchesOn Over time, as diesel locomotive technology improved and spread,]] it becomes increasingly common to see more recurring diesel characters as well as hear more and more news about steam engines being scrapped and replaced in favor of diesels. It is actually brought up that diesels are much cheaper and easier to run than steamers, as well as having superior performance. By the time of the later stories, except for Sit Topham Hatt's railway on the island of Sodor, it seems that diesel is very far along in the process of superseding steam, and that the only reasons for Thomas and friends to not be replaced is purely for sentimental value, as well as for them being really famous engines.
** It is said that Reverend Awdry himself detested Britain's Steam-to-diesel era, partially due to his opinions on how ineffeciently it was done and partially because he grew up around steam engines, so it makes sense that in his world, the Steam-to-Diesel conversion never caught on in Sodor.
** It is later established that one branch line is entirely electrified because it was built to assist construction of a hydroelectric dam.

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* PlayedWith in ThomasTheTankEngine ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' of all places. The books began being written back when steam locomotives were the standard. [[TechnologyMarchesOn Over time, as diesel locomotive technology improved and spread,]] it becomes increasingly common to see more recurring diesel characters as well as hear more and more news about steam engines being scrapped and replaced in favor of diesels. It is actually brought up that diesels are much cheaper and easier to run than steamers, as well as having superior performance. By the time of the later stories, except for Sit Topham Hatt's railway on the island of Sodor, it seems that diesel is very far along in the process of superseding steam, and that the only reasons for Thomas and friends to not be replaced is purely for sentimental value, as well as for them being really famous engines.
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engines. It is said that Reverend Awdry himself detested Britain's Steam-to-diesel era, partially due to his opinions on how ineffeciently it was done and partially because he grew up around steam engines, so it makes sense that in his world, the Steam-to-Diesel conversion never caught on in Sodor.
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Sodor. It is later established that one branch line is entirely electrified because it was built to assist construction of a hydroelectric dam.



* The [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts Express]], in two senses: not only is the train anachronistic, it's preserved in a world that generally does not use mechanized technology. WordOfGod, via tie-in site Pottermore, explains that the Express was adopted for reasons of secrecy, as a train carrying a load of students is a lot easier to conceal or at least pass off as non-magical than having them all on broomsticks or some other fantastic contrivance. The steam train was already a bit outdated when it was put into use, but was used partly because wizards are always behind the times with {{Muggle}} technology, and also because, being outdated and not in use, it was a lot easier to steal.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts Express]], Express, in two senses: not only is the train anachronistic, it's preserved in a world that generally does not use mechanized technology. WordOfGod, via tie-in site Pottermore, explains that the Express was adopted for reasons of secrecy, as a train carrying a load of students is a lot easier to conceal or at least pass off as non-magical than having them all on broomsticks or some other fantastic contrivance. The steam train was already a bit outdated when it was put into use, but was used partly because wizards are always behind the times with {{Muggle}} technology, and also because, being outdated and not in use, it was a lot easier to steal.






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* The giant model trains running around the planets in "Toy Time Galaxy" (and the tiny model train hidden among one of those planets) in ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' are clearly pulled by steam locomotives.
* The trains in ''VideoGame/SimCity 3000'' are pulled by steam locomotives, regardless of how technologically advanced the rest of the city is.

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* The giant model trains running around the planets in "Toy Time Galaxy" (and the tiny model train hidden among one of those planets) in ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' are clearly pulled by steam locomotives.
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The trains in ''VideoGame/SimCity ''Sim City 3000'' are pulled by steam locomotives, regardless of how technologically advanced the rest of the city is.



* Chuffy the train in ''BanjoTooie'', which is owned, operated, and ''powered by'' Old King Coal, a sentient lump of coal that lives in its boiler (and is an {{expy}} of the Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'').[[/folder]]

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* Chuffy the train in ''BanjoTooie'', ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'', which is owned, operated, and ''powered by'' Old King Coal, a sentient lump of coal that lives in its boiler (and is an {{expy}} of the Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'').''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'').
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7th Mar '16 3:07:20 PM landmark356
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** They even use older diesel models that haven't been used on modern railroads since the 1960's in modern settings. Usually it's an [[http://pclayer.com/images/2012/05/Union-Pacific-E9-and-Santa-Fe-F-Unit-picture.jpg EMD E or F Unit]] lookalike.

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** They even use older diesel models that haven't been used on modern railroads since the 1960's in modern settings. Usually it's an [[http://pclayer.com/images/2012/05/Union-Pacific-E9-and-Santa-Fe-F-Unit-picture.jpg EMD E or F Unit]] Unit lookalike.
2nd Mar '16 6:20:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheIronGiant'': The freight train that plows into the Giant is powered by a steam locomotive that resembles both a New York Central "Dreyfuss" steam locomotive and a Norfolk & Western J Class steam locomotive. There were no steam locomotives operating mainline freight trains in Maine in 1957, especially not from those railroads, so its also [[JustTrainWrong Just Train Wrong]].

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* ''Film/TheIronGiant'': ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': The freight train that plows into the Giant is powered by a steam locomotive that resembles both a New York Central "Dreyfuss" steam locomotive and a Norfolk & Western J Class steam locomotive. There were no steam locomotives operating mainline freight trains in Maine in 1957, especially not from those railroads, so its also [[JustTrainWrong Just Train Wrong]].Wrong]].
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* Many locomotives in the RichardScarry books are of the steam variety: diesels are also used in conjunction with the steam engines, in such books as ''The Best Word Book Ever'' and ''What Do People Do All Day?'' In most cases, they are all fashioned off European locomotives.

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* Many locomotives in the RichardScarry Creator/RichardScarry books are of the steam variety: diesels are also used in conjunction with the steam engines, in such books as ''The Best Word Book Ever'' and ''What Do People Do All Day?'' In most cases, they are all fashioned off European locomotives.



* As already mentioned, ''TheBerenstainBears'' invokes this trope.
* The cover art for ChinaMieville 's ''{{Railsea}}'' features several steam trains, although most of the trains important to the plot are stated to be diesel powered.

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* As already mentioned, ''TheBerenstainBears'' ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' invokes this trope.
* The cover art for ChinaMieville Creator/ChinaMieville 's ''{{Railsea}}'' ''Literature/{{Railsea}}'' features several steam trains, although most of the trains important to the plot are stated to be diesel powered.
24th Feb '16 11:16:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' is probably the first thing that pops into many people's minds when the words "Steam Train" are mentioned.

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* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' is probably the first thing that pops into many people's minds when the words "Steam Train" are mentioned.



* Steam is also alive and well on ''{{Chuggington}}''.

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* Steam is also alive and well on ''{{Chuggington}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Chuggington}}''.



* ''PeppaPig'', "The Train Ride" episode.
* The train in ''WordWorld'' is a large blue steam locomotive shaped like the word "TRAIN" that is for some reason fuelled by letters, couldn't decide whether it should have a 2-2-2 or a 4-2-0 wheel arrangement, and no one is driving it!
* A strange variation on ''TheSimpsons'', where there have often been modern diesel locomotives with ''steam whistles!''

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* ''PeppaPig'', ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig'', "The Train Ride" episode.
* The train in ''WordWorld'' ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld'' is a large blue steam locomotive shaped like the word "TRAIN" that is for some reason fuelled by letters, couldn't decide whether it should have a 2-2-2 or a 4-2-0 wheel arrangement, and no one is driving it!
* A strange variation on ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where there have often been modern diesel locomotives with ''steam whistles!''



* The title DinosaurTrain is a green steam locomotive shaped like a Triceratops head that's powered by coal, a [[StealthPun fossil fuel.]]
* Trains in ''MyLittlePony'' are typically steam trains. ''MyLittlePonyTales'' features 90s computers and steam trains side-by-side.

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* The title DinosaurTrain WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain is a green steam locomotive shaped like a Triceratops head that's powered by coal, a [[StealthPun fossil fuel.]]
* Trains in ''MyLittlePony'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' are typically steam trains. ''MyLittlePonyTales'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' features 90s computers and steam trains side-by-side.



* Averted in ''TheRaccoons'' where the main transportation system is a rail system using contemporary diesel locomotives, although Sneer Industries does have an unused service track with an old steam locomotive.
* Also averted in ''RockosModernLife''; the only time steam locomotives are seen are on old trains (like in movies, or Ed's campaign train in "Ed Good, Rocko Bad", but all the other times, the railroad system uses modern diesel locomotives (such as in "Manic Mechanic" and "Driving Mrs. Wolfe.")
* ''HeyArnold'' had a train that commuted steel mill workers to and from the city and was powered by an old Great Northern 4-8-4.

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* Averted in ''TheRaccoons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' where the main transportation system is a rail system using contemporary diesel locomotives, although Sneer Industries does have an unused service track with an old steam locomotive.
* Also averted in ''RockosModernLife''; ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''; the only time steam locomotives are seen are on old trains (like in movies, or Ed's campaign train in "Ed Good, Rocko Bad", but all the other times, the railroad system uses modern diesel locomotives (such as in "Manic Mechanic" and "Driving Mrs. Wolfe.")
* ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had a train that commuted steel mill workers to and from the city and was powered by an old Great Northern 4-8-4.



* In the early seasons of ''SouthPark'', the trains were [[http://s3cf.recapguide.com/img/tv/119/1x1/South-Park-Season-1-Episode-1-19-16a9.jpg 19th century steam trains]] later seasons however have shown more [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/southpark/images/1/10/FaithHilling00043.png/revision/latest?cb=20120329151232 current equipment.]]

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* In the early seasons of ''SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the trains were [[http://s3cf.recapguide.com/img/tv/119/1x1/South-Park-Season-1-Episode-1-19-16a9.jpg 19th century steam trains]] later seasons however have shown more [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/southpark/images/1/10/FaithHilling00043.png/revision/latest?cb=20120329151232 current equipment.]]
23rd Feb '16 7:02:21 AM ospalh
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** Although the Germans thought that an electric multiple unit, with visible current collector, coming at you was clear enough.

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** Although Deliberately averted in Germany: when the Germans thought that symbols on all traffic signs where simplified in 1992 the outdated steam locomotive had to go and was replaced by an electric multiple unit, with visible current collector, unit coming at you was clear enough.you.
23rd Feb '16 6:17:49 AM ospalh
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* In the UK, the warning sign for a level crossing without gates or barriers is a steam locomotive.
** Ditto for Russia.

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* In the UK, the The warning sign for a level crossing without gates or barriers is a steam locomotive.
** Ditto for Russia.
locomotive in [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Crossing_signs#Trains many countries]].


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** Although the Germans thought that an electric multiple unit, with visible current collector, coming at you was clear enough.
10th Feb '16 10:15:44 PM marcoasalazarm
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* The hard-core belief of Professor [[MeaningfulName Steamhead]] on ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool''. To show how hardcore he is, his rival on the MadScientist field is a man who supports ''solar energy''.
30th Jan '16 7:25:54 PM Generality
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* The [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts Express]], in two senses: not only is the train anachronistic, it's preserved in a world that generally does not use mechanized technology.
** Knowing Rowling, it probably has a tame dragon for a furnace. Most wizarding gadgets, like the retro-look radios, appear to have come about by making a magical imitation of some Muggle device long ago, and never changing the look thereafter.
** [[FanWank Possibly justified]]; the various charms and wards that surround Hogwarts tend to play hell with modern technology. It's possible that an old-style steam locomotive is the only kind that will work reliably near the school.

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* The [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts Express]], in two senses: not only is the train anachronistic, it's preserved in a world that generally does not use mechanized technology.
** Knowing Rowling, it probably has a tame dragon for a furnace. Most wizarding gadgets, like the retro-look radios, appear to have come about by making a magical imitation of some Muggle device long ago, and never changing the look thereafter.
** [[FanWank Possibly justified]]; the various charms and wards that surround Hogwarts tend to play hell with modern
technology. It's possible WordOfGod, via tie-in site Pottermore, explains that an old-style the Express was adopted for reasons of secrecy, as a train carrying a load of students is a lot easier to conceal or at least pass off as non-magical than having them all on broomsticks or some other fantastic contrivance. The steam locomotive is train was already a bit outdated when it was put into use, but was used partly because wizards are always behind the only kind that will work reliably near the school. times with {{Muggle}} technology, and also because, being outdated and not in use, it was a lot easier to steal.
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