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Railroad Ghosts

Color photo of watercolor artwork - image 18-7/8"x 13-5/16" on 20" x 16" Kodak Professional Paper

Railroad Ghosts

Imagine this: Headed north out of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Soo  Line Train No. 1 crosses Milwaukee Road tracks at Duplainville Tower. Engine No. 2700 is shown as built in 1909 (scrapped January 1955). The tower was taken down September 1990. The semaphores are gone, replaced by a target signal. CP Rail took over the Milwaukee Road, and Wisconsin Central operates over former Soo Line trackage.

New York Central's Great Hudson, the J-1d

4-color offset print, image size is 19" x 12-3/4" on heavy paper trimmed 22" x 16"

New York Central's Great Hudson, the J-1d

VALHALLA! Surely a New York Central Hudson belongs there, where crownsheets are never dry, and feedwater is crystal clear. Coal is made of black diamonds, and steam pressure is high on the clock. 5289 is ready, waiting for the next call for main line service.

_79 mph

Color photo of watercolor artwork - image 28" x 5-3/16" on 30"x 8" Kodak Professional Paper

79 mph

After I finished the painting of 5405, I had to give it a title. Thinking about the many times TRAINS Magazine Editor David Morgan and I talked about the "bad old days of railroading" brought to mind the many stories that appeared in   RAILROAD MENS MAGAZINE. The fiction of Slippery Buck Anderson and the Engine Picture Kid and many others made me think about situations when train speed would be in a report of happening in the fictional world of railroading. The title "79 mph" seemed just the thing for this 8 foot long acrylic painting. The more I thought about this title, the better I liked it, for maybe it would tell the viewer of this painting just where I came from -- a time filled with many snapshots and drawings and artwork of railroading in the 1940's and 1950's. So, please enjoy this Kodak color photo of the original painting, and live again those golden days of steam railroading, if only for a few moments.

The 5405 was one of the last of a series of Hudson-type locomotives build by the American Locomotive Company for the New York Central Railroad. 65 L3 and L4 Mohawk-type 4-8-2 locomotives followed the Hudsons in the early 1940's The final steam locomotives were 27 Niagara-type 4-8-4 locomotives build in the mid 1940's. Then came the diesels.

A photo of this engine, the 5405


Pennsylvania Standard

Color photo of watercolor artwork - image 22" x 15-1/2" on 24"x 18" Kodak Professional Paper

$50 each
print run is unlimited and remaining prints will not be numbered.

Pennsylvania Standard

The year is 1939 at Rockville Bridge. No. 29 the New York to Chicago Broadway Limited roars past M1a 6750. With hard running ahead, the enginemen work their K4s to the limit to meet the 16 hour schedule ordained by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It is unthinkable for the Broadway Limited to run behind time. If so, the crew will be summoned to the dispatcher's office after their run, forthwith!

Apex of the Atlantics

This is a color photo of Gil Reid's dusk-jacket painting used on the book APEX OF THE ATLANTICS
(19" x 8" image on 21" x 10" stock)
Apex of the Atlantics

This painting is a watercolor by Gil Reid and it was used as a wrap-around dust jacket for the book "Apex of the Atlantics". The engine depicted in the painting was a favorite of one of the locomotive engineers that operated passenger runs. The PRR never put any fancy 'doodads' on this locomotive. No power reverse, no stoker, etc. In fact, later production versions of the E6 never used the devices either. A comparison chart published in the book showed that the E6 won hands-down over all other railroad's Atlantics except one Atlantic that was rebuilt. In fact the Milwaukee Road's famous Hiawatha wasn't as powerful as the E6! The E6 out-classed all other 4-4-2's during it's life-span.

An interesting note... it was an E6 that powered a photo lab train from Washington D.C. to New York City. It carried newsreel film shot in France of Lindberg's famous flight in 1927. The films from several companies came over by sea to the U.S. and were rushed to NYC... the race was on to get news films to the public first. Pathe won, because the film was developed in a special darkroom set up in a Pennsy baggage car while the competition air-flighted undeveloped film to studios in New York. The Pennsy won, due to the set up on the train, and also because E6 No. 140 really tore up the rails getting to NYC.

Valparaiso_sm.jpg (18165 bytes)

Color art print 19" x 12" on 20" x 14" stock
Back Home Again

Valparaiso, Indiana 1946--Pennsylvania Railroad's early morning train to Chicago, the Valpo Dummy, accommodates two more riders, but they wont ride together. John Crosby is the fireman. His wife, Mary will take the daycoach to her job in Chicago. Both will return in the evening in the same manner.

Searching for a way to honor his mother and father, son Mike wanted a momento to emphasize his dad's lifetime as an engineman. The Valparaiso scene was just the ticket, complete with E6 1649, engineer Elmer E. Vail and the conductor ready to highball. To Mike this is more than a watercolor. It is a trip back home--Valparaiso to be exact.

The Old Reliable L&N 4-6-2 (21908 bytes)

Color art print l8" x 12 1/4" on 20" x 15"' stock
The Old Reliable L&N 4-6-2

Back in the 30's this locomotive, old as it was, still held down runs on L & N main lines, taking siding for superior trains and still keeping on the advertised. Not the Pan American, but just as exciting to watch, especially when the engineer, with watch in hand, is anxious to get going.


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