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Steampunks culture often make or modify everyday objects to fit the neo-Victorian aesthetic.

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What is Steampunk?

Many Millennials are therefore drawn to eras and trends with rules and boundaries: hence the appeal of the more defined, black and white attitudes of the Victorian age. The age also seems particularly exciting and mysterious, with its glamorous clothes and uniforms, intrepid explorers, dastardly villains and dusty labs: especially for a younger generation whose interests are increasingly retro. There is even a present day environmentalist element to it all: a harking back to a time before smog and global warming, when the worst emission was the steam from steam trains.

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Steampunk's retro-tech style isn't completely limited to Victoriana though. Styles can be taken from anywhere in the giant dressing-up box of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the broadness of which is part of the trend's appeal. One of the most popular looks is the Edwardian era, where clothes are very Downton Abbey, and spies, airships and flying goggles are all the rage. Still others look forward not back - or perhaps, dare I say, back to the future

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SteamPunk is a subgenre. of science fiction where a world of fantasy meets science, incorporated by the technology of steam-powered machinery and combined with the 19th century British Victorian era. Compatible with OO and HO track and accessories. Explore the entire unique collection now.

It is a fantasy genre, largely inspired by the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Or, as Wikipedia says, it's a 'retrofuturistic sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.' A bit of a mouthful. In essence, it's a world set in the 19th century, where electronics haven't really been developed and everything continues to be powered by steam - circuit boards are a big no-no.

Steampunk train at speed
Steampunk train at on the rails

Steampunk Future

Whatever the era they prefer, steampunks share common interests: they all relish retro-looking technology, making things for themselves, and the romanticism and stability of the long ago. And they're going to be the next big youth and style trend - with any luck. So do you feel lucky, steampunks?

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