Reading about the A1 Tornado steam locomotive in England makes me long for the days of the Norfolk Southern steam excursion program in the U.S. I really miss scenes like this one of Norfolk & Western Class J number 611 from 1994, the last year of the NS steam operations program:
My wife was surprised that 611 is my favorite locomotive, since it was built in 1950 and looks so modern. She figured I would prefer a more old-fashioned looking engine.
For fans of the 611, it can be seen in the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, which is nearby the O. Winston Link museum. If you want to see it in motion, Bachmann makes N scale and HO scale models of the N&W Class J number 611.