What's your favorite steam locomotive? Weither it still runs or not doesn't matter. It's pretty obivious from my user that mine is Southern Pacific's 4449
Well, nowadays, I'm more keen on British steam than American. If I had to pick a current favorite...it would probably be the London and North Eastern Railway's A4 Pacifics....the late Silver Link to be specfic. This was one of the ones that pulled the famous Silver Jubilee, and on its first run, Silver Link set a new speed record- 112 mph. This was later broken by fellow A4 Mallard in a race against one of Germany's streamliners.
Sadly, Silver Link fell victim to the modernization plan and was withdrawn. It was to be saved, but the man who planned to buy it bought another locomotive instead, and thus Silver Link bit the dust. Fellow A4 Bittern has run in the guise of Silver Link several times, but it's just not the same.
I actually named my Lugia in SoulSilver in memory of Silver Link.