Which countries around the world still just continue on using steam locomotives? Why is this when there are cleaner sources of technology?

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Sally:
Dramatic increases in the cost of diesel fuel prompted several initiatives to revive steam power.[88][89] However none of these has progressed to the point of production and, in the early 21st century, steam locomotives operate only in a few isolated regions of the world and in tourist operations. In Germany, a small number of fireless steam locomotives are still working in industrial service, e.g., at power stations, where an on-site supply of steam is readily available.

The Swiss company Dampflokomotiv- und Maschinenfabrik DLM AG delivered eight steam locomotives to rack railways in Switzerland and Austria between 1992 and 1996. Four of them are now the main means of traction on the Brienz Rothorn Bahn; the four others were for the Schafbergbahn in Austria, where they run 90% of the trains

Ogden:
They aren't "still just continue on using" steam locomotives. (where did you learn grammar?). Steam locomotives are being phasesd out everywhere. The last places where they're being used are places where electric power can't be easily installed.
Ad:
Hmmmm …. if you include steamtrains used as tourist attractions (and such) you'll find that most countries continue to use them.

If you look beyond trains, steam technology continues to be widely used, and not just in powerplants. Even nuclear powerplants essentially use what amounts to 'steam age technology'; turbines, condensors, cooling towers etcetera.

One BIG reason is that it is dependable and relatively efficient technology; the biggest drawback with 'green energy' (which oddly in some definitions include nuclear power!) is that they can be very unpredictable and therefore independable (what if there is no wind or sunshine? What if the river that supplies the water to the hydro-electric dam freezes over or runs low in a dry spell?)

So there, too, steam technology will continue to be used. Because it is NEEDED.

Deirdre:
They aren't "still just continue on using" steam locomotives. (where did you learn grammar?). Steam locomotives are being phasesd out everywhere. The last places where they're being used are places where electric power can't be easily installed.
STEPHEN:
They aren't "still just continue on using" steam locomotives. (where did you learn grammar?). Steam locomotives are being phasesd out everywhere. The last places where they're being used are places where electric power can't be easily installed.
Robert:
What countries are you referring to? Most modern locomotives are diesel turbine powered – essentially using a jet engine to drive a generator.

A few mining operations in China still use steam locomotives to haul ore out of the mines, but otherwise, steam has vanished from operation in all countries, except in cases of "heritage" trains for tourists, which are occasionally pulled with a steam locomotive for the purposes of historic reenactment.

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