[Editor’s Note: This was meant to go out several months ago]

As one of the most iconic pieces of technology in human history, the steam locomotive died a relatively rapid death in the middle of the 20th century, lingering on behind the Iron Curtain and in pre-industrialized countries until there too it was phased out. The reasons for such take up whole volumes, varying by railroad and country. Yet a few locomotive designers continued on, most notably the late L.D. Porta of Argentina, applying a scientific approach to the task, and designing new improvements (with particular focus on efficiency) working to push the designs past where it had abruptly ended, in some cases successfully testing them out.

Now, a solitary new locomotive is born from the island nation which first breathed fire into one almost 200 years ago. Not a small theme-park style one (there are makers of those), rather a full-service capable powerhorse of a machine adapted from one of the more succesful late-era designs, one which in terms of speed and power could outdo many of today’s diesels.

Hopefully this bodes well for another project, headed by several of Porta’s disciples, to built a new engine, based on the half-century or so years of improvements since the untimely decline of mainstream steam traction.