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Trains...Ill throw this all out. When the typical person thinks of a train, they generally think of Thomas the tank engine or some 1800s tiny 4-4-0 steam loco. Or at best, some old slow broken down piece of yesterday yet just 60 years ago, they where known for their speed, reliability, and dependability. Some may of thought of some small tank engine but when they saw some Goliath of the rails, they realized otherwise.
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Today, the trains are bigger, the locomotives are more powerful, yet are still seen as trains of yesterday. Not the economic back bone that not even the truck can compete with. Think of all the coal coming out of the Powder River Basin on trucks.
Then, you show a steam engine and it becomes steampunk. It does fit as thats how it was. Steam powered was and is one of the most efficient forms to produce power. Just, no need to get over-exaggerated with what was. Steam and the Victorian era go hand and hand so having this view is better than imagining some small tank engine. Just...do