The SY class was the last major class of steam locomotives to be produced anywhere in the world with last being built in 1999. It was the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways. The last steam train ever Mae was tornado an a1 class locomotive. It was the only British main line steam locomotive earmarked for preservation from the date of construction. Steam locomotives of the 21st century fall into two broad categories: those that use advanced steam technology and are designed to be commercially competitive with diesel locomotives; and those built to more traditional designs for hauling tourist trains.Even locomotives in the second case likely use some modern methods and materials. The last mainline steam passenger train ran ahead of the ban on this day in 1968 from Liverpool via Manchester to Carlisle and back.

However, it also brought about an end to steam locomotive production, with the works producing BR's last steam locomotive 92220 Evening Star, by which time the works only employed 5,000.

The design however is based on the earlier Japanese-built JF6 Class 2-8-2s which itself was based on a locomotive type built by the American Locomotive Company in … While the Big Boy might claim the title of largest operating steam locomotive, the Yellowstone tops it in terms of weight. The man who first put steam engines on rails was a tall, strong Cornishman described by his schoolmaster as “obstinate and inattentive”.

in England in 2008 Crewe Works built 7,331 steam locomotives. Classic Trains magazine celebrates the 'golden years of railroading' including the North American railroad scene from the late 1920s to the late 1970s. The man who first put steam engines on rails was a tall, strong Cornishman described by his schoolmaster as “obstinate and inattentive”.

The last steam service *out* of Paddington was said to have been 7029 on a special train to Cheltenham via Swindon, Bristol and Gloucester (27th Nov 1965) but there are reports of steam locomotives being added to diesel hauled trains following failure of the steam heating boilers. Britain celebrated the bicentenary of the steam railway locomotive with a year-long events programme, but it was not an engineering giant such as James Watt or George Stephenson that was fêted.. Diesel production commenced, with D5030 the first main line example completed in 1959. Alco's last steamer was also a Berkshire, for Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. An invention that changed the world was 200 years old in 2004.

The last steam locomotive built at Crewe, Class 9 number 92250, was completed in December 1958.

92220 Evening Star at Oxford MPD in 1964. that runs on the minline and pulls commercial trains it was built. Much of the original design and specification for the first Mark 2 carriages and bogies was carried out by the Engineering drawing office at Swindon in the early 1960s. Starting in 1990, railway enthusiasts from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust worked hard to build from scratch a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive, number 60163, designed for operation on the main railway lines of Britain. An invention that changed the world was 200 years old in 2004.