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February 2, 2010
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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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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!

Yuuki1996 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks amazing : )
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.
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, thanks for telling me!
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too cheap to build a bridge ;)
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
Alliners Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:
engineer825 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist
The detail on that B&O steamer is astounding! What kind of pencils do you use?
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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