Two Videos: ITALY’s Elegant 685-196 in action

Photo:  685.089 in 1975.   Courtesy of Alessandro Morandi.

First is a nice clip from a Black-n-White Documentary on Italy’s fast and elegant 685-196, still preserved today.

Courtesy of Ferruggia53


Second clip is a trailer for a beautiful DVD on the Double-header in 2009 of #685.096 and 685.089 by TuttoTreno TV.



Italy’s Beautiful 685 class 196 express steam locomotive


When world steam enthusiasts think of steam locomotives, they don’t usually think of Southern European steam.  It is a pity.  If one is familiar with Italian architecture and inventions through history, then one needs to equate Italy’s contributions to the world.  The 685 class of express steam locomotives of Italy are amongst the elegant and nicely designed steam engines of the 20th century.  For its size, it was capable of great speeds and power.  This image represents one of the two 685 locomotives preserved today for railfans to see and ride behind in Southern Europe.