The Virginian Railway was a small railroad built for one primary purpose, coal hauling operations. The railroad was exceptionally well designed and built and operated many large and high horsepower locomotives to move coal from the mines through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east coast of Virginia. One such locomotive was a virtual copy of the Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6- Allegheny. Manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, this locomotive has become famous as being one of the most powerful reciprocating steam locomotives ever built. The Virginian called the type the Class AG 2-6-6-6 "Blue Ridge". This print depicts this icon of steam doing what she was designed to do.
Absolutely excellent. It almost looks like a real picture that was taken just the other day.
Awesome! The beauty of the steam locomotive!
This somehow reminds me of a Mallet Locomotive.
It is articulated like a Mallet but does not use compound steam.
That compound steam is what made the Mallet so trashy. My Grandfather operated them. He said they were sloppy; noisy; and difficult to fire. Being articulated; My grandfather and his work colleagues nicknamed it the "Songalolo": which means Millipede in our local language.
Unless it was the Norfolk and Western Class Y6b. Probably the most powerful locomotive evr built. Not only that but it was considered to be the apex of steam and just about damn near perfect for its purpose of hauling coal through the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was truly loved by all who knew it. It is on my list of machines to paint.
this looks like a photo! i had to look under category!
this is great
My goodness, I need to practice!
I can do naught,but stand in awe of these massive machines. Thank you Mark.
So the VGN called these engines the Blue Ridges? You do learn something new every day.
Real power at work. Awesome!
Yikes, what a massive engine! Eighteen drivers -- wow! Impressive capture. Congrats!
Thanks. It's not a capture but a painting. Actually there are 12 driving wheels and 6 trailing truck wheels.
That's one huge power house of a machine! Just look at the lower half it looks like a sci-fi train or something. Excellent detail!
wow that is one heck of a shot!
wonderful object and background, I really like the composition ... great job!
That is just awesomely detailed. I'd go nuts trying to do that. Great work!
True Heavy Metal Thunder
Wow.....Fantastic shot of a super looking engine!
This is marvelouse! It looks almost 100% spot on! Great job!
If not is 100% spot on!(Hit the post button by accident brfore I could add this)
I swear the thumbnail looked like a photograph, Absolutely marvelous work sir