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  •  Since I am at least 107 (according to how my.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...body feels, anyway) you will not be surprised to hear that I rode behind steam traction during my youth on a regular basis. Indeed, I was there for introduction of diesel traction! (Frightening, isn't it!)

    However, there is plenty of good quality steam traction to be had in the UK, even some local scheduled services (sometimes running onto shared platforms - one side British Rail, the other side, heritage railways). There are also large numbers of steam-hauled, long-distance 'specials', mostly starting out from one of the London stations. This is ONE of the reasons Peak Rail wanted - very much - to get their link to Matlock re-opened. THAT way, they could get 'special' trains run straight into their depot at Rowsley (observing the speed limit, of course!)

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:48:35 PM PST

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    •  I probably knew more rail history when I was a kid (1+ / 0-)
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      than I do now. Again doing some research I'm reminded that diesel traction first appeared as early as the mid-1920's but the first stand-alone diesel locomotives were introduced in the 1935 (passenger) and 1939 (freight). The the massive conversions from steam to diesel only commenced after World War II, more rapidly in the US than elsewhere so you could well be younger than I am (61, almost 62, though I certainly felt close to 107 myself after last night's stint at the gym) and still have fond memories of riding behind steam traction.

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