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15th Jul '16 9:57:35 AM TimberRidge
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the Woolfonts & Chickmarsh Railway in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Which was cunningly begun as a heritage steam railway, community-owned, and then microfranchised into an indispensable link in the national network (although with traffic limitations so as not to disturb the villages), to the great profit of the said villages.
5th Jul '16 2:50:22 PM DanaO
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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''.

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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''. However, it's not so much Professor Steamhead acknowledges no other energy sources as that he ''does'' use and consider them - as degenerate (in the mathematical rather than moral sense) forms of steam power. Likewise he considers all fields of scientific study other than [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist "Steamology"]] to be necessary prerequisites to the serious understanding of steam.
5th Jul '16 1:05:41 PM ScrewySqrl
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*** of particular note in the USA is [[http://www.strasburgrailroad.com The Strasburg Railroad]], an actual operating short line that uses only restored and preserved steam engines.
11th May '16 10:53:01 AM Jhonny
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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''[[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]]'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use well into the 1980s in East Germany's ''[[ArtifactTitle Deutsche Reichsbahn]]'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.

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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''[[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]]'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use well into the 1980s in East Germany's ''[[ArtifactTitle Deutsche Reichsbahn]]'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2'').''[=Ty2=]''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.
11th May '16 10:52:31 AM Jhonny
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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''[[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]]'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use well into the 1980s in East Germany's ''[[ArtifactTitle|Deutsche Reichsbahn]]'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.

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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''[[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]]'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use well into the 1980s in East Germany's ''[[ArtifactTitle|Deutsche ''[[ArtifactTitle Deutsche Reichsbahn]]'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.
11th May '16 10:52:00 AM Jhonny
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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''Deutsche Bundesbahn'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use through decades in East Germany's ''Deutsche Reichsbahn'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.

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** German class 52, known as the ''war locomotive''. While ''Deutsche Bundesbahn'' ''[[UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn Deutsche Bundesbahn]]'' in West Germany retired them ten years after the Second World War, these simple and durable engines seen good use through decades well into the 1980s in East Germany's ''Deutsche Reichsbahn'' ''[[ArtifactTitle|Deutsche Reichsbahn]]'' and Polish ''PKP'' (as class ''Ty2''). The latter operated them even in early 2000s. And Russian Railways still keep some of them (class TE - ''captured locomotive'') in case of war.
11th May '16 10:36:28 AM Jhonny
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* China probably takes the cake for "shortest time between last steam and first high speed train". Steam trains last ran in regular revenue service along main lines in December 2005. The Shanghai Maglev opened in 2004 (making that time ''negative two years'') and in 2008 the first high speed line opened allowing steel wheel on steel rail trains to run at up to 350 km/h. Just three years after steam "died". And some steam locomotives are still in service as tourist attractions.
19th Apr '16 7:14:37 AM 20person
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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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--> - -->-- ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'', "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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