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Basically the thread is about steam locomotives and where they are still used. Additional photos and information are welcome.


North Korea: Still used possibly due to shortage of deisel and electricity




Serbia: I'm not completely sure on the use of locomotives in the former SFRJ.



Bosnia: Same as with Serbia



Russia: In the USSR steam locomotives were actively used into the 1970s, and where eventually phased out in the 80s.
In the early nineties some were still used for cargo trains.
I remember seeing them in Russia many times back in the 90s.



Today some locomotives are still used but mainly for symbolic reasons, like preserving historic railway heritage.



Ukraine: Situation seems much the same in Ukraine too.




United States: Here locomotives also seem to be used mainly as tourist attractions with a historic theme.

 

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in Germany, they are only in use in so called "museum railways"

But some of them go on everyday service.








During summertume, it runs on a scheduled service, every 30 minutes, as far as I know.
 

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I guess everywhere has some preserved steam locos in use for tourists / enthusiasts, the thread should really focus on countries where they're still used as a matter of course (like North Korea).

I've seen steam locos hauling special trains a couple of times at Wimbledon mainline station, the Orient Express uses steam traction sometimes.

We used to run steam specials on London Underground too; 'Steam on the Met' at the country end of the Metropolitan Line. London Underground unbelieveably retained steam traction for passenger services until 1956 (Epping to Ongar), and still used steam for engineering trains until the 1970's (the last steam traction in London).
 

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'Steam on the Met' in 1999... the wonderful sight of two steam trains racing each other on a London Underground line!

 

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Since China was the last main-line user of steam locomotives, ending officially at the beginning of 2006, many still exist in industrial operations or in more remote parts of China. Many coal mines and smaller cities, such as Pingdingshan and Hegang, maintain an active roster of JS, SY, or QJ steam locomotives bought second hand from China Rail.

Pics from railfaneurope.net






 

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Basque Country (Spain): Only for turistical and teaching purpose.


Locomotive: Aurrera.
Location: Urdaibai bay.
Link: http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=43928&orderby=


Locomotive: Zugaztieta.
Location: Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=71484&orderby=


Locomotive: Aurrera.
Location: Bilbao.
Link: http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=80078&orderby=


Locomotive: Euzkadi.
Location: Between Azpeitia and Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=56961&orderby=


Locomotive: Espinal and Zugaztieta.
Location: Azpeitia (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...llery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=2881&orderby=


Locomotive: Aurrera.
Location: Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link: http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=21146&orderby=


Locomotive: Zugaztieta.
Location: Between Azpeitia and Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=42435&orderby=


Locomotive: Guipúzcoa and Artola.
Location: Bilbao.
Link: http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=46207&orderby=


Locomotive: Euzkadi.
Location: Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=79469&orderby=


Locomotive: Aurrera.
Location: Etxebarri.
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=79908&orderby=


Locomotive: Portugal.
Location: Azpeitia (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=32012&orderby=


Locomotive: Aurrera.
Location: Between Azpeitia and Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...file=index&do=showpic&pid=1409335016&orderby=


Locomotive: Zugaztieta, Portugal and Euzkadi.
Location: Azpeitia (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=42434&orderby=


Locomotive: Zugaztieta.
Location: Between Azpeitia and Lasao (Railway Museum).
Link:http://www.tranvia.org/modules.php?...lery&file=index&do=showpic&pid=51576&orderby=
 

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The Royal Hudson ran as a tourist train between Vancouver and the town of Squamish approximately 100 km away up the Howe Sound fjord. It ceased operation in 1999 due to mechanical problems but it is planned to return to occasional excursions this summer.

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"The BCR commenced a Royal Hudson excursion service between North Vancouver, British Columbia (City) and Squamish on June 20, 1974. By the end of the 1974 tourist season, 47,295 passengers had been carried and the excursion was deemed successful. It was the only regularly scheduled steam excursion over mainline trackage in North America. The excursion operated between May and October, from Wednesday through Saturday. Also traveled North America in the late 70's as a promotion for BC tourism. It quickly became one of British Columbia's main tourist attractions.

After the end of the 1999 tourist season, No. 2860 broke down with major boiler problems. Improper operation of the locomotive was alleged. The cash-strapped BC Rail did not have the funds available for the repair. The Royal Hudson excursion (which used other locomotives during the 2000 and 2001 seasons) was cancelled at the end of the 2001 excursion season. At the cancellation of the BC Rail Royal Hudson excursions, 2860 was transferred to the WCRA for eventual restoration.

Currently No. 2860 is owned by the West Coast Railway Association and is housed at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. On 28 September 2006, the Royal Hudson steamed into the WCRA Squamish station under her own power for the first time since October 1999. The association plans to operate 2860 on excursion runs and at special events during the summer of 2007."
 

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Wow did these steam engines ever actually go into the tunnels or just operate on the overground sections?
The 'Steam on the Met' events ran along the outer reaches of the Metropolitan Line only.

Steam trains would appear in Subsurface tunnels regularly until the 1960's (goods stations at locations like High Street Kensington, Farringdon, Smithfield market), and two steam locos operated out of Neadsen Depot until 1971, pulling engineers' trains along the subsurface sections of LU.

I used to do night track inspections on the District Line, and the tunnels still smell sooty.
 

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This is Eritra, in eastern Africa, it's a really poor country, partly because of that Ethiopian tried to invade the country in 1999. This should be the only railway in the country, and its 117 km long. The locomotives is more than 80 years old, and they break all the time, due to a lack of maintain. They simply don't have the equipment to do it. So DSB and Maersk has arranged two containers filled with tools, replacement parts and equipment to be sent to them. I really hope that it will help them down there! That railway is the country main infrastructure!



source: http://ipaper.ipapercms.dk/DSB/udogse/2010/09/ page 82 (Danish)
 

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I think there are a few African countries with steam locos in regular service left. Zimbabwe apparently still uses its Garratt-type locos as shunters.

I'm not sure about the situation today, but untill quite recently steamers were used on sugar plantations in Cuba. There's even a junkyard full of steamer wrecks right behind the capitol in Havana (without any railway line somewhere nearby). The guard who let me inside told me that they are waiting there for renovation. :lol: However, in spring this year, the Cuban railways (the mainlines, the plantations operate their own networks) were completely out of service for some months. I didn't get the reason, the locals gave different explications from shortage of diesel to servicing of the rolling stock to major upgrades in work... :lol:
 

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There are hudnreds of touristic steam locomotives, what would be inetresting is informations about engines still in regular service.
 

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There are hudnreds of touristic steam locomotives, what would be inetresting is informations about engines still in regular service.
There really are not that many since diesel/electric engines are much more efficient, so they only use steam engines on tourist trains for nostalgic purposes.
 
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