In the 1950s, ATSF 769 was parked up in Madrid, New Mexico and hasn't moved since. We look at the past, present and future of this unique locomotive.
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R711 and A2 986 power out of Melbourne heading to the Gold Rush City of Ballaarat with Steamrail Victoria's Eureka Express. Photo by John Corcoran
The Llangollen Railway in Wales faces challenging times ahead with administration, but its locomotives are still hoping to see action in 2021. Some 200 miles south in the English seaside town of Minehead, 5199 awaits the start of running for the West Somerset Railway, planned for 22nd May. This locomotive was built in 1934 and after initial service spent 22 years in a scrapyard. It is on hire from the Llangollen Railway for the 2021 season. Photo by Joe Rogers.
An XPT seen exiting the Bethungra Spiral, one of only two railway spirals in Australia. This spiral was built in the 1940s as a part of the line duplication process as rail traffic increased. The spiral also makes the grade a more train friendly grade of 1/66 for the up train services, which was previously a 1/40 grade with the single line (now the down). It is located near the 454km post from Sydney. British Railfans might recognise the distinctive lines of the XPT as being similar to the Class 43 HST - better known as the InterCity 125. Photo by Daniel Chee.