Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
May 5, 2011
Image Size
435 KB
Resolution
800×600
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
4,188 (4 today)
Favourites
193 (who?)
Comments
90
Downloads
115
×
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 The locomotives never had the chance to show their stuff on the "400" trains however as they were superceded by the new diesel locomotives that were coming into favor with railroads of the day. They did serve in grand fashion hauling other trains until they eventually were withdrawn from service in 1953.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.
Add a Comment:
 
:icondarthmaul90:
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for the C&NW for 25 years and he vaguely remembers these engines in their final years (he was only 10 when they were withdrawn).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.
Reply
:iconpatriot1776:
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.
Reply
:iconpatriot1776:
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?
Reply
: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.
Reply
:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is an awesome engine!
Reply
:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
Reply
:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
Reply
:iconamiga-32:
amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
magnificent and such a shame no-one thought to preserve one.
Reply
:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
Reply
:iconamiga-32:
amiga-32 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
your welcome.
Reply
Add a Comment: