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