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Old 02-24-2017, 07:47 AM
Sangahyando Sangahyando is offline
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Originally Posted by Mangosteen View Post
In the early 1980's I spent about 6 months in India riding the old steam locomotives from place to place.

Watching them steam into the train stations was one of the highlights of the trip. Even at that time they were being phased out. Sadly they are probably all but gone today.
Genuine, everyday steam working on India's railways came to an end -- after many years' gradual fading-out -- approximately in the year 2000. In a few restricted locations in India, steam locos continue to be used; but consciously and deliberately as tourist- and railfan-bait -- which takes most of the shine off it for me.

Regrettably for folk such as myself, there is now almost nowhere left on earth where steam locos are in everyday, commercial use; as opposed to in "entertainment" roles of one or another kind.