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New Haven's Comet by markkarvon New Haven's Comet by markkarvon
The Comet was a streamlined interurban train set manufactured by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company in 1935 for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The train featured three cars and was double-ended so it could operate in both directions without having to turn the train at each destination. It initially went into service on a route between Boston, MA and Providence, RI. The train covered the route in 44 minutes and was advertised as "44 miles in 44 minutes". It was very fast regularly operating at speeds of 90 MPH. The train was clocked at over 110 MPH in an early test. The train was withdrawn from service in 1951 and scrapped. This print is a tribute to the New Haven Railroad's beautiful Comet.
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Edward-55 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
very  historical,  detailed  and  wonderful  art
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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914four Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing with us!
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Alexert Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
how very realistic
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! :)
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zippy5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Love the stream lined craze
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They tried some really neat stuff back then.
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:iconwordworker:
Wordworker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Great series. The locos of the 30s through the 50s were works of art, weren't they? Such flair and imagination! Gorgeous.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I love the classic stuff. So many innovations and alot of new ideas.
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Railwaywerewolf Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very sleek and fast!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it was.
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome train! I wish the ones today looked this classy.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was an amazing little train. I had no idea about it before but I fell in love with it during this commission.
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm, cool.
:D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem.
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Very nice. That would work very well as an advertisement.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It was actually used as a cover for a catalog.
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I like the history of your works, Mark. Thank you for that. Interesting info. :heart:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Cheri.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
At first this looked like an observation coach at the tail of a train... Didn't take long to be proven different.


Awesome Blue paint scheme
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student General Artist
:wow: Excellent!!! :clap: Fantastic atmosphere! :w00t:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. The client wanted something in the flavor of an autumn day.
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :la: You absolutely succeeded! :heart: :nod:
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
A fine piece of American Railroading. Lessons learned from the Comet must not have been remembered, since everyone is so busy reinventing high speed rail.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There is an intersting article which describes in detail some of the process they went through to design and make the train. [link]

It owes much to the company's experiance with airship design. I thought it particularly intersting they did wind tunnel testing to shape the train. It was a tricky process as they had to be sure it would move equally well in either direction. There were special considerations of the aerodynamic forces experienced by the center car during rounding curves.

It is also interesting to read about the design features of the interiror such as hidden lighting which provides even light throughout especially for reading.

When the piece was first commissioned I thought it a bit goofy looking but after researching it and creating the painting I came away with new admiration for this little train.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Classy! Love it.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lyle.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff! I love the prewar custom streamliners. Any plans to draw the Green Diamond and/or the Gulf Coast Rebel? ...or have you already done them? (^_^)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Hoyt. Wow, the Green Diamond would be awesome! I hadn't thought of that one.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You might attract some more female watchers if you draw the Gulf Coast Rebel. It was bare aluminum with pink racing stripes. (^_^)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Somewhere the ghosts of those old engineers and railwaymen are smiling. Was that a diesel or an electric?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It was a diesel. Each end had a 400 HP diesel engine.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
YOW. Very early diesel, then! And how interesting that they'd put one on either end!

Some ghosts are indeed very happy.
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Varinki Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Having a power car on each end allows for easy reversing at terminals as the power cars don’t have to run around the consist. Also if one unit fails the other can keep the train moving at reduced speed.
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karanua Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Certainly looks a good example of the sleek designs that the depression era spawned. Beautiful painting Mark :clap: instant :+fav: :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Dave.
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