The 5AT – Future Steam Loco

I was listening to the Nature podcast today and they were talking about a second generation steam locomotive that is being designed with the intention of building them and replacing diesels on freight lines in developing countries. Essentially these new generation locos are higher powered, there is an increase in thermal efficiency, low fuel and water consumption, and they can be built (and subsequently converted) to use any available fuel source including bio-mass. This makes the new generation steam loco a far more attractive alternative to diesel in that it is far more economical, fuel efficient, relatively eco-friendly, and can be adapted to suit the loco fuel supplies. Maybe there will be a new dawn for steam.