Definition of steam age in US English:

steam age


  • The time when trains were drawn by steam locomotives.

    • ‘The long march away from British mining that had begun with the end of the steam age continued with the rise of oil as the world's fuel, and the arrival of cheap foreign coal.’
    • ‘The haunting sound might as well be the death-knell for the steam age in China.’
    • ‘As a young apprentice John Higton was proud to have helped to create what was to become an icon of the steam age.’
    • ‘With memories such as this, and a host of pictures from the steam age, Railways Of Ryedale would be a perfect gift for any train enthusiast.’
    • ‘It is most unfortunate that at least one T - 1 was not preserved-they were probably one of the most important, if not the most important, advances made by the C&O, which was not unknown for its innovations in the steam age.’
    • ‘Modern-day train journeys across East Lancashire are as slow as they were 50 years ago during the steam age, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph can reveal.’
    • ‘The National Railway Museum can offer the Flying Scotsman a secure future in the national collection and ensure that many thousands more people will be able to see to this giant of the steam age every year.’
    • ‘But even those who are less interested in the technical details cannot fail to be affected by the magic of the steam age, captured in so many photographs.’
    • ‘The man who designed those icons of the steam age, Flying Scotsman and Mallard, relied on Doncaster's historic locomotive works to build them.’
    • ‘Pulling over to take pictures, I feel like a visitor from the steam age.’
    • ‘The chief said last night that the development could be the biggest since the steam age, on which the town grew.’
    • ‘On April 17 visitors will have the chance to meet former Great Western Railway workers, as they bring the steam age to life with stories and practical demonstrations.’
    • ‘These were outdated when they covered for the last national firefighters’ strike 25 years ago; today they will seem like something from the steam age.’
    • ‘In the old steam age, soot and engine oil were ubiquitous as occupational carcinogens, but there was much less cancer.’
    • ‘Now the grand old lady of the steam age which was built in 1934 and ran on the Stockport to Buxton line has once again been the inspiration behind a new museum.’
    • ‘The railway locomotive and the large steam-powered factory were the most spectacular products of the steam age.’
    • ‘Rookwood is the first, reluctant novel of the steam age.’