Very well said and a nice documentary. I remember the steam locomotive coming to town when I was a very young boy. Soon it stopped, replaced by diesel electric locomotives. Both are fascinatinig machines, but there is something special about the monster eating coal and belching steam and smoke. I guess today in the environmentally correct generation steam locomotives would be disastorous. I understand why they were replaced, but it is still nice to visit some of the tourist routes still steam powered.
Hello Bill,Thank you very much for reading my typecast and leaving your comments. I guess the most committed railroad fans come from the generation that actually witnessed steam locomotives as the main motive power or those whose family members worked with the railways. Human history has always been dynamic and would remain so, hence change is constant and perpetual. I do hope steam locomotives remain in action, wherever they are operating today, as commercial power or hauling tourist trains. This is one invention of man, that will transcend time and history.
Rudra, this is a thoroughly touching film and I am so glad you posted it. I love it. Yes, I knew steam in person. This is more than my own nostalgia, though; it is a sense of the power, complexity, service, mastery, enjoyment, ... human ingenuity. So plainly and clearly told. Thanks.== Michael Höhne
Hello Michael,I am glad that you enjoyed the documentary. I have, myself, seen this documentary several times in the last few years and enjoy it every time and had posted it on different forums, so just thought of why not post it here as I had not posted a typecast in a while, so this was an opportunity. Your words express your sentiments very well and I can feel them. The era of steam locomotives was definitely a great one that left behind a great tradition, a history and a cultural identity in US, UK, India and around the world.