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Attica Evening by DragonWolfACe Attica Evening by DragonWolfACe
A Pennsylvania Railroad J1 2-10-4 Texan with empty coal cars from the docks of Sandusky waits as a Chicago bound Baltimore and Ohio timesaver freight led by a T3 4-8-2 is about to slam across the diamond.

Its mid 1950 and Attica Junction is one of the last known places where the last steam engines are still being heavily used. A half hour earlier, all was quiet except the mid-Ohio wind. Soon, a whistle to the north is heard, the southward freight would be heard three times before slowing to a stop. Meanwhile, a whistle is heard to the east. A freight for Chicago has departed the Willard yards. The exhaust of a laboring locomotive at speed calms as the engineer cuts back on the throttle. All too soon, the T3 hits the diamonds at 50MPH. Like perfection, a second after the locomotive coasts over the diamond, the engineer gives her all she has and speeds off westward all while blowing for the Route 4 crossing. The caboose clears, and waves are exchanged between the tower operator and caboose. No more than a minute later, two hoots come from the massive J1 as the empty coal train slowly pulls southward towards Columbus and eventually, the coal fields of the Norfolk and Western. A few minutes later, the caboose of the PRR frieght slips pass and calm comes this small Ohio town.

Today, Attica still draws many railfans as it is one of the busiest crossings in Ohio. But long gone are the steam engines and the tower that once gaurded the crossing.

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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
There are some Photos of some of these giants going by the Ohio Railway Museum! I personally like all the grey tones! It makes it look like a real loco's boiler!

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Yuuki1996 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks amazing : )
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Charosheth Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just love these drawings.  Made this one my laptop background of the week.  My dad worked as an Engineer for the railroad and worked for 47 years of his 70 years there.  First for Pennsylvania then when it turned into Penn Central and then his last days was when it was bought and turned into Conrail.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, thanks for telling me!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too cheap to build a bridge ;)
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh god, the railroad in the US must have been such hectic places and yet capable to be managed :O :O
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Alliners Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool..!
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Joilieder Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Excellent! I love all the details of the tracks and engines. The depth of color is great! This is really great!!:iconthomasplz:
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engineer825 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist
The detail on that B&O steamer is astounding! What kind of pencils do you use?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was just with a mechanical pencil, darkened parts and lightened parts in photoshop.
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Wonderful drawing and narrative.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconglennfresch:
GlennFresch Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Attica still is great! One of the few places that seems to have gained a lot of traffic since the 1980's.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And Fostoria too! Both due directly from the Conrail merger!
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GlennFresch Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The B&O across Ohio has gotten much busier since the 80's, as has the PRR Sandusky Division thanks to the N&W buying it. Not sure if any other lines have gotten busier. The NYC from Greenwich to Colombus has quieted since the Conrail merger. For the future, it is expected that coal will play a less important role in railroading, and domestic intermodal will boom. So, this says lines like the B&O will continue to grow while routes like the C&O across Ohio will shrink. Of course, I think we can safely say the lines in the Wheeling/Stubenville area will continue to shrink. If the PRR Panhandle was still a main route it might benefit, but I assume it has no more intermodal.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, the Panhandle has no intermodal, its all coal. As for coal, unless Obomba has his way, which looks like hes going to get it, coal will be arround as a major source of power. Nearly half of all power generated IS from coal. What Obomba is trying to push for will actually mean MORE coal train coming from the Powder River Basin and less from the east.
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GlennFresch Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the beauty of environmental regulation. The EPA rules on emissions are the reason for the massive growth of ton miles over the last few decades, as power plants as far away as New Jersey have switched to powder river coal. Too bad it destroyed the coal business in Eastern Ohio. However, now cheap gas from hydrofracking is the real threat to coal by rail. Many plants are expected to convert from coal to gas in the east. And all gas moves by pipeline. The only bright spot is the traffic related to hydrofracking the short lines are handling.

Another government regulation that led to rail shipments was ethanol contnet in gasoline, but eventually this may ship by pipeline. Again, the only segment of rail traffic expected to boom in the next couple of years is domestic intermodal. Truck companies have finally learned its cheaper to ship by rail than hire drivers.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont think its the beauty, I think its very ugly and very political. Coal has and always will be looked at as dirty, no matter where it is mined or how much is spent to clean up the aftermaths of burning it. Hauling coal 1,000 miles to the place it will be used is insane as is building and buying goods from a known enemy. (China, and they are)

As for hydrofracking. Im all for innovation and finding new energy BUT places where hydrofracking was done has left the areas in wastelands and waters ruined. Some are extreme and some is minimal. Im actually against it, even though the northeast has enough natural gas in the oilshale that triumps the middle east.

As for ethanol, Im also against ethanol as more energy is used in creating it than what is saved, that has been proven several times. Ethanol cant be moved by pipeline because it breaks down to water if moved by pipeline.

As for trucking companies. They also cant find enough drivers to hire! Two years into a recession and they are still desperately looking for drivers.
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GlennFresch Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, an ethanol company has proposed a pipeline from the the midwest to New Jersey. Of couse, it would require a massive governemnt subsidy to build since it would only recoup a small portion of the investment required to build it during its usefull lifetime. Im not sure if the loan was approved yet, but I believe the etanol content of gas was just raised.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yeah, and thats another thing! Road, air, pipe, river, its all subsidized but the railroads have built, maintained and are taxed on all their infrastructure.

The above list argue they pay their "fair share" but Id like to see a truck company, boat company, or airline build their own infrastructure, then be taxed on the property and STILL make a profit. The airlines cant even make a profit with huge taxpayer incentives.

Actually, that pipeline may and or may not come to be. Back in the 1970s, there was going to be a pipe slurry line built from Pittsburgh to the east coast but never came to be.
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing, man. You go into incredible detail!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Im aiming for realism.
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timid-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can tell ^^
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Gelgoog328 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love B&O! Shame they didn't have the decency to save a few more of their engines like the Pennsy.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sure is, an EM1 was suppose to get saved but didnt happen.
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MrQuo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Photographer
Bitter Sweet!
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Trainfanatic4960 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Awesome! Purely Awesome!
I can almost hear the sound of a massive steamer slamming over the diamond...
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LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply breath taking!
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acela Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
OUTSTANDING!

If I had the money, I would love a print of this.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks!
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