Fun fact: as I’m interested in Japanese culture, steam powered rail, AND I’m a Second Life (SL) resident it amuses me to stumble onto this: the slang or colloquial term for “steam train in Japanese is “esu eru” which is a transliteration of the letters “SL” which probably stand for “steam locomotive” in English. Weird, but fun, right?
SL esu eru, short for steam locomotive – steam train
The hiragana (Japanese syllabary characters used for foreign words for this is:
That’s it, just a little germinatin’ going on.
Also, check out this fashion blog I ran across: STEAMPANKU! (Steampunk!)