Screenshot of The Week: February 22 to March 1 2015 (Steam Programs)



Steam trains are really unpopular with management these days it seems; they're dirty, noisy, expensive and troublesome. This week, we pay a small tribute to the railroads and steam preservation groups around the world who keep these beasts running or bring them back to life, against all odds. This week's theme is Steam Programs. Please send your theme suggestions for subsequent competitions via email or Skype by clicking on the little icons below my username.

One screenshot allowed per entrant. Screenshots must adhere to the theme and the Trainz Forum Code of Conduct.
Submission closes on March 1 at
12:00 noon UTC/GMT/Zulu time.

Can't have steam programs without mentioning the UP.
844 and the UP E9s head west out of Cheyenne for another round of excursions all over the west
No smoke on these guys. This 4-8-8-2 Baldwin-built behemoth is the last remaining Cab-forward of which only 256 were built for Southern Pacific. It was retired from service in 1956 and is now in preservation at the California State Railroad Museum complex. In 1981 it received a cosmetic restoration where nothing was found that would preclude the possible restoration of the locomotive
to operable condition at a later date. It is the last of its kind in the world and often forgotten. Seen here in its prime hauling freight.
PRR M1b #6755 thunders past a A-B-B set of Alco PAs waiting for the M1 to clear the single line section.
Santa Fe in 1991 started running excursion with ATSF #3751 and still runs excursions on the now BNSF to this day.

Also this shot is not only just for this competition, its also in memory of Bob Cass. :(

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Where is all the UK and Europe, and Australian restoration stuff, I thought we would have been up to page 3 by now :)
Some nice shots to date !
A company called K&L Industries saved the Cincinnatian from the scrappers torch. Though the consist is kept in a museum the company still sends her out from time to time to keep her in working order. Here we have the Cincinnatian blasting through Stanton.


The Great Little Trains of Wales

Steam specials by various preservation groups and steam outings companies now run all over Britain's main lines, especially in the summer and at Christmas.

However, the The Great Little Trains of (North) Wales are legendary. Generally these narrow gauge railways started as mineral railways (slate, lead etc.), but have now become massive tourist attractions. The Vale Of Rheidol Railway started a passenger service in 1902 and continued on to become British Rail's last steam railway in 1968 and on to being privatised (still in steam) in 1989. The Welsh Highland Railway closed in 1937, but has now been restored and provides a 25 mile (40.2 km) railway from Caernafon to Portmadog as well connecting to the Ffestiniog Railway (also narrow gauge).

The image below shows trains from the national standard gauge network bringing hoards of tourists onto the Ffestiniog Railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog, where the old slate spoil heap looms over the town.

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