When was the last steam locomotive used in the US?
1960 is normally considered the final year of regular Class 1 main line standard gauge steam operation in the United States, with operations on the Grand Trunk Western, Illinois Central, Norfolk and Western, and Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railroads, as well as Canadian Pacific operations in Maine.
Where are steam locomotives still used today?
Railfan & Railroad stated in 2022 that “the only places on earth to see steam locomotives in revenue freight service are small switching operations in China, North Korea and Bosnia,” but that these were “sporadic at best.”
What was the last steam locomotive built in the world?
Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.
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