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Pocahontas Heavy Hauler by markkarvon Pocahontas Heavy Hauler by markkarvon

Built in 1942, Norfolk & Western’s Class Y6 locomotives were considered some of the best steam locomotives ever produced. Designed to haul heavy trains of coal from Appalachian coal fields, these articulated locomotives rank amongst the most powerful ever built. Able to the exert 166,000 lbs of starting tractive effort, two or three of these locomotives were often used to haul 175 car trains over the Appalachian Mountains. Norfolk & Western was rightly proud of their home-built machines and used them long after most railroads had converted to diesel. The subject of this print, #2156, was finally retired in 1959. She escaped the scrappers torch and is preserved at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO. Here she is shown at the head of a coal drag on the railroad's Pocahontas Division.

Want to know what these locomotives were like in action? Check this out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV8rA3…  Normally the fireman would not let the locomotive put out so much smoke. Knowing they are being filmed, I think they are putting on a good show.

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:iconedward-55:
Edward-55 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
 great steam  love  it
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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UnexpectedSwede Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Nice!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconfredsenior:
FredSenior Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this picture....(and the others too)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Fred.
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
All your trains are so beautiful. You sir are very professional and one of the greats. :+fav:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
You're Very Welcome Mark. :D
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully done, like an old postcard.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmecengineer:
mecengineer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
so nice
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Magnificent. :winner:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome. :D
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Wonderful work! :clap:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
The steam trains, the bigger they are, the more beautiful they look! :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Thanks for the reference video. One observation about the smoke; different grades of coal do generate different amounts of smoke, and I have no idea what sort of coal N&W would use on a freight service like that. Some of the UK companies reserved the cleanest burning anthacites for their main-line passenger express services.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They used bituminous. While not as clean burning as anthracite, it is still a good quality coal for steam locomotives.
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks; I'd agree your assessment that the firemen were playing for the camera a bit then.
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Love these big girls. Can't wait to see the one UP is restoring to working condition.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Me too.
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acela Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Heh... she's big in all the right places, so to speak. Up top, in the hips, etc.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are so right. :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Beautiful a great capture, wonderful details and successful depiction of intricacy in functional motion. You are always so respectful to your wonderful subjects.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I do respect my subjects. I am gad it comes through. :)
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VanishingPointInc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent job. I can't tell if this is a model, a painting, or a photo. :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid. :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, incredible work, looks almost real. That is a BEAST. 
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It is. :)
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:iconmarkraats:
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Another jaw dropping beauty mate! Absolutely lovely....
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Mark.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Very detailed and cool pic.   Thank you.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool. 
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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sentinel28a Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Beautiful.  What's the location?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Appalachian Mountains. No particular location. Somewhere in West Virginia.
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UPSteam Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Friendist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
I really expect no less than a masterpiece from you, awesome work :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Impressive.  :D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Cheri.
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