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I think the A4 Pacific engines are my favourite steam engines.

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The A4 Pacific class are very much the pinnacle of steam-engine evolution. They certainly had the diesel engines of their day beaten...

With the state of Australia's railways, this engine is faster than *any* train currently running in Aus.

Come to think of it, the same could be said for Britain... the old HST's and the new electric counter-parts aren't any faster because the track isn't much different...

and the Japanese are upgrading their bullet trains from 400mph to over 600mph mag-lev systems..

William Gibson was right. The future is now, it's just not evenly distributed.

It can't quite be said for Britain - the trains that run on the Channel Tunnel line (including the UK-only commuter ones) are faster for obvious reasons. (And regularly, not on a special record run.)

Also the Japanese trains aren't quite that fast! A lot faster than British ones though. Or Australian I'm sure. :)

A similar random fact though is that where my parents live, the commuter service into London is slightly slower than when it was steam-hauled (I happened to see an old timetable in a local history book). I think that's partly because there were more direct trains back then, and partly because the timetables nowadays are padded so that they can be sure it won't be late very often and therefore miss some target or other. To be fair, it's arguably fast enough anyhow.

If I ever get to Australia, I would not mind taking a trip on such a classic, beautiful train.

Unfortunately the A4 is a British engine.

But we do have these:

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