I just posted a few pics of Engine 630 as it passed through Bristol yesterday.
Diesel is efficient. Diesel is clean. Diesel is cheap. Diesel is sterile.
Steam is cool. People come out see steam engines. Steam engines have whistles, not horns. Kids love steam engines. Adult men turn into kids over steam engines. Long live steam power.
Want to see really cool pictures of steam trains, back when they did regular service? Get this book. O. Winston Link was a fantastic photographer, and he captured the last of widespread Americana as we romanticize about it.