Greatest Steam Locomotives

The iron horses: From the old 4-4-0s to the mighty Big Boys.

The Top Ten

1 Flying Scotsman

How is this not #1? Global polls show that LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman is the most famous steam locomotive in history. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

2 GWR 3700 Class 3440 City of Truro GWR 3700 Class 3440 City of Truro

Set the steam locomotive speed record before Flying Scotsman. Goes to show that 4-4-0 isn't dead! - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

3 Pennsylvania Railroad E2

A 4-4-2 Pennsylvania Railroad 7002 set the railway speed record in 1905. Some of its PPR successors in the late 20th century claimed to have beaten Mallard's record. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

4 Milwaukee Road class A

The last 4-4-2 Atlantic types ever built. A Milwaukee Road class F6 #6402 broke the world speed record in 1934. A Milwaukee Road class A #2 did likewise in 1935. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

5 NC&StL Yellowjacket NC&StL Yellowjacket
6 DRG Class 05

One member of this 4-6-4 class, Borsig DRG series 05 002 broke the world speed record in 1936 - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate


The fastest 4-6-2 in existence. One of them, LNER Class A4 No. 4468 Mallard, holds the current steam locomotive speed record since 1938. Another member of this class, LNER Class A4 2509 Silver Link did likewise in 1935 - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

8 UP Big Boys

The world's largest and most powerful steam locomotives. The record is currently held by Union Pacific 3985 - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

9 SR Merchant Navy


10 NYC Hudsons

In 1893, the 4-6-4 Empire State Express No. 999 broke the world railway speed record - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

The Contenders

11 CP Royal Hudsons
12 PRR K4
13 LMS Princess Coronation

6229 Duchess of Hamilton is still preserved in the National Railway Museum - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

14 BR Duke of Gloucester
15 Locomotion No. 1

The first steam locomotive to run on public railways - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

16 Stephenson's Rocket

A revolutionary design that formed the template for all steam locomotives to the present - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

17 SOU Ps-4
18 China Railways QJ

The strongest 2-10-2 in China! - williamou417

19 Taiwan Railways DT668
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