LAST TRAIN HOME – music video by 4101950

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.


Spain photo: Magnificent 242F 2009 in 1968 – by Brian Stephenson

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  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: 241F of Spain: superpower in may 1968 by Brian Stephenson

In May 1968, one of the super power locomotives in Spain were the Norte (northern 4-8-2)  type 241 F class engines : 241F 4067.  This one, running on one of its last trips on the Miranda de Ebro line.

Photo by Brian Stephenson of 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

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.