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Steam Locomotive

Are steam locomotives still used?

There is only one place left on earth where steam locomotives are still widely in use: the Chinese industrial hinterland. Rail enthusiasts are now regularly traveling there to witness the last gasps of the engine that created the modern world. Some among them worry it may already be too late.

Countdown To the Last Steam Train - Bloomberg

What is a steam locomotive used for?

The steam locomotive was a self-sufficient unit, carrying its own water supply for generating the steam and coal, oil, or wood for heating the boiler.

locomotive | vehicle | Britannica

When was the last steam locomotive built?

The Last of the Steam Locomotives Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.

"Living Legend" Northern No. 844 - Union Pacific

Why did they stop using steam locomotives?

Diesel locomotives proved more efficient and reliable than steam. They required less maintenance, and were much like a car, just start it and go. Whereas with steam power it took hours to ready a locomotive for service. ... Steam locomotives also had to be extensively cleaned both before and after use.

When Did Diesel Trains Replace Steam? | Worldwide Rails