June 2018 – The Strong D51 Japanese Dual and Freight 2-6-2 Locomotive!

One of the wartime and postwar mainstays of Japanese freight and dual service trains, was the D51 class 2-8-2.  As a child I used to see these everywhere, along with the C11, the C57, and the C62.

This is a beautiful HD video of a June 2018 (yes this month) special.  As in Britain and Germany, the Japanese love their heritage trains and every few weeks, there is always a steam special happening.

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Norfolk & Western 611, Famous Passenger Steam Loco is Reborn in 2015!!

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Since the early 1990s, Norfolk Southern (formerly Norfolk and Western) streamlined 4-8-4 steam locomotive has been dormant, with no plans for its revival, and placed in a museum.

In 2015, enough interest pushed finances to move forward to bring the beautiful locomotive back to life, and have the first test runs in the spring, then with full excursions from May through the summer.

Here are some video glimpses.

For information, contact the 611 page: http://fireup611.org/ 

Steam on Film: “La bête humaine” (1938) – Slides & Vids

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Some of the most beautiful scenes of vintage European steam in film were crafted in French filmmaker Jean Renoir’s 1938 film entitled La Bête humaine (English: The Human Beast; and in the UK released also as Judas Was a Woman).

The film centers on an express train engineer who discovers his wife was seduced by a wealthy godfather and plots their murder. This murder is witnessed by a co-railway worker.  The plot complexifies further with the ramifications of this murderous path.

The express steam train pulled by French steam type 231 plays a major star role in the movie throughout, representing and symbolizing the human journeys, with beautiful photography and atmosphere.

Read more here:

Wikipedia

IMDb site

Here are some clips: