Steam Locomotion in the 21st CenturyThe Recent History of Steam Locomotive Development
|This page provides news on
working operation of steam locomotives, construction
of new steam, technical improvements to existing steam
locomotives, and similar news items.
See the Steam News Archive
for older news stories.
I was very sad to learn that Shaun McMahon had
unexpectedly passed away earlier this week, apparently
due to complications from a recent case of COVID-19. I
had corresponded with Shaun for close to 30 years, and
he provided a wealth of information and many photos
used in assembling these pages. I was fortunate to
have one face-to-face conversation with him a few
years ago via the internet, when we were both working
with the Coalition for Sustainable Rail.
The Advanced Steam Traction Trust has posted a very
nice tribute to Shaun with a brief biography covering
his extensive experience with railways and modern
Read more about the ASTT's tests here: https://www.advanced-steam.org/ast-news/further-bio-coal-trials-at-the-bure-valley-railway/
The Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust,
a group building a new, replica 4-4-4-4, continues to
make impressive progress on the construction of this
locomotive. Considerable progress was made on the
boiler last year, and engineering work on other
components continues. This video provides an update on
the group's progress in 2021:
|Read more at the group's
webpage at https://prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org,
or follow them on Facebook.
(updated 13 July 2018)
For more steam news from around the world, I highly recommend:
Rob Dickinson's "International
Working Steam Locomotives"