A well-kept Class C11 2-6-4T steam loco built for the Japanese Government Railways/Japanese National Railways, and now running on the Mooka Tetsudou. I traveled with it on the first run of the year, which is why it is decorated with the flag of Japan.
It's been too long! Lovely shot of my favorite Japanese locomotive.
Among the classes introduced after 1928 I love include the C12, C50, C55, C57, and D51. Many examples of these engines, as well as the C11, worked on Japan's lines up to the 1970s. It was a much older class, a 9600 Consolidation built in 1920, that ran the final revenue earning steam-hauled train in Japan in 1976. Japan had steam locomotives for 104 years, and no other country expresses a love for them more. I want to go back and live there.
except for, yah know, India, South Africa, Romania and pretty much half of the South American continent.
The former three I can understand as well. I'm not very familiar with the steam preservation/enthusiast movement in South America, I'm afraid.
Besides India, there is not much love for steam left in any of those places. I have been to most of them.
South Africa I do believe still has and will continue to harbor steam lovers, but funds for their preservation are harder to come by due to changing attitudes in their government, from what I've heard from Afrikaners I've been in contact with.