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Blue Ridge Super Power by markkarvon Blue Ridge Super Power by markkarvon
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.
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Engine97 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome! The beauty of the steam locomotive!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This somehow reminds me of a Mallet Locomotive.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is articulated like a Mallet but does not use compound steam.
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I wonder if any of these Y6B's still survive?
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think any Y6b survive but the Museum of Transportation has a Y6a. Also There is a Y3 at the Illinois Railway Museum. I made a drawing of that one for them back in the 1990s. [link]
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