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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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SAR500 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat
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SD80MACfan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Absolutely excellent. It almost looks like a real picture that was taken just the other day.
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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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist 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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KplKabbage Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks like a photo! i had to look under category!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome:)
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tonyhurst Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My goodness, I need to practice!
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mihokyo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I can do naught,but stand in awe of these massive machines. Thank you Mark.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
So the VGN called these engines the Blue Ridges? You do learn something new every day.
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metalheadrailfan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Real power at work. Awesome!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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metalheadrailfan Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
You're welcome :)
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CarlosGabrielPE Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Yikes, what a massive engine! Eighteen drivers -- wow! Impressive capture. Congrats! :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's not a capture but a painting. Actually there are 12 driving wheels and 6 trailing truck wheels.
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow! Great job!
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for including me in the top 50.
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TinySticks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Incredible!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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!

Definate fav!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It was the most powerful successful steam locomotive by most measures.
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kkart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
wow that is one heck of a shot!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's actually a painting.
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EYELIGHTZONE Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
wonderful object and background, I really like the composition ... great job!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is just awesomely detailed. I'd go nuts trying to do that. Great work!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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omega-steam Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
True Heavy Metal Thunder
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You got that right. :)
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wildbunchz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Wow.....Fantastic shot of a super looking engine!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's not really a "shot" though.
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skarloeyfan13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
This is marvelouse! It looks almost 100% spot on! Great job!
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skarloeyfan13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
If not is 100% spot on!(Hit the post button by accident brfore I could add this)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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seekanddestroy1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
nice
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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seekanddestroy1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
no prob
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