This is one of my favorite YouTube videos edited and mixed by 4101950 on Youtube.
US Jazz music artist Pat Metheny’s piece: “Last Train Home” is put to a great montage of some of the world’s most beautiful steam locomotives, most of them still in operation today.
The most powerful steam locomotive on passenger express service in the heyday of Spanish steam, was the 242F, 2000 series. Their wheel arrangement: 4-8-4, was unusual in Europe, while it was more numerous in the Americas. There were only a few 4-8-4s built for the Spanish rails as by then, the world was already turning into a diesel-powered train system.
This photo was taken by the prolific Brian Stephenson from Railpictures.net. It is of the 242F 2009 pulling the La Coruna Express in May 1968. Soonafafter these pictures, most of the magnificent 242F locos were moved to the Miranda de Ebro lines for their last trips.
Photo by Brian Stephenson of Railpictures.net- one of the best and most prolific of amateur photographer railfans in Europe. Please see more of his photographs of steam and other types of locomotives on Railpictures.net.
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.
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.