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Steam locomotive crosses Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia, early fall.

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(via 2849-NKP 765 06-19-2017b | Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 765 puts … | Flickr)

Caption: “Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 765 puts on the smoke climbing east out of Valparaiso IN on June 19 2017.  The Berkshire is returning to Fort Wayne after running the Joliet Rocket trips out of LaSalle Street Station in Chicago over the previous days.”

Photo by Art Gross

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“South London Speedway”

It took about 25 hours of work spread over 4 days, but I’ve finally finished this painting as my second foray into British Victorian steam locomotives, with a bit of fantastical flair thrown in. Here, the rival crews of an LSWR 4-4-0 and the LBSCR’s “Gladstone” exchange unpleasantries as their top link expresses charge along the parallel tracks just south of the Thames. The South Western engine has claimed the lead, undoubtedly due to the advantages of having a draconic stoker tend to the fire.

If you would like to order a painting in this style, I am currently open for commission work of portraiture, landscapes, critters, and industrial tech! Inquiries can be sent to WingsAndStringsCommissions@gmail.com

–Wings & Strings

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Reading 2124 Steam Engine In The Snow! by 844steamtrain
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Reading 2124 4-8-4 steam locomotive at Steamtown, Pennsylvania For a versus video comparing this engine and a PRR 4-4-4-4 T-1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo0KsKzn2TQ For a black and white photo: Purchase items with my photos on them: www.redbubble.com/people/844steamtrain If you enjoy my photos, feel free to favorite, share and thanks for viewing!

Life Beside the Tracks 429

Today on SundayHaw, it’s Raymond Durant. *Thinks really hard* Wait a minute…

Here it is; my tribute comic to @blueguynow‘s Sunday/Monday Haw series, with an old friend telling the joke: Raymont Durant; CEO of the SJVR company. Joining him is old Antler Creek Narrow Gauge No. 5 as “D&RG ‘Espanòla.’” 

It was fun relearning how to draw deer folk, and coming up with something unique to end this comic/story. So, now enjoy my silly parody of SundayHaw, and have a great week.

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(via Glinty 765 | 765 makes an early morning run. Not sure of the… | Flickr)

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September 1992

Photo by Dave Goodheart

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“Las Gemelas de Hierro” (The Iron Twins)

My newest railroad painting and perhaps my best work to date, depicting what was once an everyday sight in Mexico until 1968. A pair of NdeM steam locomotives gasp for air as they charge uphill, racing the sun to the horizon. Even in their final days, crews often kept them in near-immaculate condition, polishing their boilers to a brilliant mirror shine.

As a reminder, I have reopened for commissions! If you would like to order a custom digital painting from me, inquiries can be sent to WingsAndStringsCommissions@gmail.com

More info available at wings-and-strings.tumblr.com/commissions

–Wings & Strings

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N&W 1218 Brocton, OH on August 6, 1988 by Marty Bernard
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A Roger Puta photograph

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Santa Fe 5000 Steam Train Black and White by 844steamtrain
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Santa Fe 5000 on display in Amarillo, Texas. This is a 2-10-4 Texas type, and some restoration work has been done. For a versus video comparing this engine with Texas and Pacific 610: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IVOcUW7ELk If you enjoy my photos, feel free to favorite, share, and thanks for viewing!

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(via 0359-MILW 261 09-1998 | Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 261 is at the e… | Flickr)

Caption: “Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 261 is at the east end of BNSF’s Clyde Yard in Cicero, Illinois. Note the crews dismantling the Ogden Avenue overpass in the background.”

September 1998

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“Welsh Dragons”

Second in a series of paintings featuring dragons and steam railways. Here, a shunter appears to have picked up a winged hitchhiker on the Welsh Cambrian lines of the Great Western Railway, where a 2021 class locomotive is busy arranging wagons for outbound trains. I’ve been told that this painting bears thematic resemblance to the beloved children’s program “Ivor the Engine.”

If you would like to order a painting in this style, I am currently open for commission work of portraiture, landscapes, critters, and industrial tech! Inquiries can be sent to WingsAndStringsCommissions@gmail.com

–Wings & Strings

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“The Slim Princess”

After ten long days and 60 hours of work, I’ve finished this painting for a very special occasion. @thesunsetempire and I will be heading out on July 3rd to see this locomotive, Southern Pacific No. 18, steam up for the first time in over 60 years. I will be presenting this painting to the team of Carson & Colorado Railway volunteers who restored this relic at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, CA, right in the heart of the Owens Valley where these little giants toiled in the scorching sun for half a century.

If you would like to order a painting in this style, I am currently open for commissions of portraiture, landscapes, critters, and industrial tech! Inquiries can be sent to WingsAndStringsCommissions@gmail.com

–Wings & Strings

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In agrarian southern Oregon, on sidings near the Union Pacific Railroad, I stumbled upon a forest of tank engines! Dozens of steam locomotives, many in pieces, lined up to wither away in the weather. Notable locomotives among them include a Pacific Coast Shay, a Mikado, a 2-4-4-2 Mallet (running gear only) and all of the engines had traces of their original liveries, slowly flaking and peeling into the pages of history. Also nearby was an old Souther Pacific steam crane and mail car. It is interesting to see this vast collection withering into the grass, with no plans for the locomotives’ future.