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Chicago and NW Class E-4 by markkarvon Chicago and NW Class E-4 by markkarvon
Built in 1938 by the American Locomotive Company (ALCo), the Class E-4 Hudsons were meant to haul the Chicago & North Western Railroad's prestigious "400" trains. They were amongst the biggest Hudson type locomotives built; even larger than the New York Central's famous Hudsons. With six 84" drivers the Class E-4 was built for speed. The locomotives never had the chance to show their stuff on the "400" trains however as they were superceded by the new diesel locomotives that were coming into favor with railroads of the day. They did serve in grand fashion hauling other trains until they eventually were withdrawn from service in 1953. Sadly, all nine of the locomotives in the class met the scrapper's torch.
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darthmaul90 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a superb picture and you've really the E-4 class justice.  I love everything about it... the lighting, the firebox glow, the dirt on the pilot, the belching smoke... it's the complete package.  I'm originally from Mount Prospect along the C&NW's old Northwest Line out towards Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  My dad worked for the C&NW for 25 years and he vaguely remembers these engines in their final years (he was only 10 when they were withdrawn).  So many iconic engines like this one came from the C&NW and I wish the hell they'd saved a few.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
With the partial steam revival that's going on, and restoration now ongoing of several 'superpower' engines, I hope somebody now decides to provide the financial backing to do like the Brits did with the building of the all-new 60163 'Tornado' and decide to finance to building of at least one all-new Chicago & NW E-4 just so there is one to see in operation.  It'll be a Herculean effort, make no mistake; it took years and years of hard work and fundraising to get the Tornado built, but it can be done and is possible.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
With its 84" drivers, what was the estimated top-speed of of the E-4's?
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:icondarthmaul90:
darthmaul90 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If memory serves me correctly, they were counterbalanced for a top speed of 110 miles an hour.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is an awesome engine!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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:iconamiga-32:
amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
magnificent and such a shame no-one thought to preserve one.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconamiga-32:
amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
your welcome.
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:iconviewonce:
ViewOnce Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive! the detail is great.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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:iconzippy5:
zippy5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
art deco style by the ton....
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yep. It is one of my all-time favorites.
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:iconebolabearvomit:
EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Awesome work!
Trains were cooler looking back in the day.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Steam engines did have quite a bit of variety. Each one had a character of its own. They seemed almost alive.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
There were so many companies and patents I think that's why we saw so much variety.
Then merges, take overs, new tech, it all came and took away diversity.
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:iconwordworker:
Wordworker Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Nice work! :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconddl-photography:
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Mark, Absolutely stunning work! You captured her lines wonderfully and the fall colors really add to the scene! Keep up the great work!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Darin. I thought about this one for about 15 years before I finally did it.
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DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Your very welcome Mark!

It's better to wait 15 years to produce something that you are proud of verses rushing a project and coming up with just the opposite.

Keep up the great work!

Darin
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classictrains Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
How could I possibly not fave this. Just another beautiful work but of an engine I just missed! Course the E's that replaced them growling through the curves just west of Glen Ellyn with the Kate were a sight as well.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Chris. I've wanted to do a depiction of this locomotive since I started paintning.
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PaganiZondaFroadster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, your making me become a train fan already! Great job. SO how do you draw this well?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Good photographic references.
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:iconstumm47:
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Pretty nice! What software did you use to render this?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's not a render. The piece was painted with Corel Painter Essentials 2 and Photoshop Elements 7.
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:iconstumm47:
Stumm47 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! So you use a graph tab to draw with?
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Outstanding work, sir! :clap:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! Always a pleasure to fav your work!
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:iconcnru1fcsxc40:
CNRU1fCSXC40 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love these as much as the PRR T1.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love them too. I've been wanting to paint this one for about 20 years.
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:iconcnru1fcsxc40:
CNRU1fCSXC40 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I wish I could find a HO model of 'em.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They have one avaialable in brass. It can be expensive. [link]
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:iconcnru1fcsxc40:
CNRU1fCSXC40 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
YEah. Bachmann or Athearn need to make one, maybe BLI.
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Aconitum-Napellus Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Writer
This is gorgeous :-)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
:onfire:
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:iconkerl-of-fox-county:
Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, wow! Amazing image! :D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :-)
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Lapeer Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous Work, the E-4 at points is really striking ^^
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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