I find the composition well thought out, bypassing the more popular shooting site to the "east" of your current spot.
Clouds, foliage immediately behind the engine and some clouds laser crisp & sharp. However the top portion of the boiler, around the steam & sand domes appears a bit soft. In all fairness, that may be the engine itself, not the picture: the coal dust & soot on top would matte the appearance while much of the rest of the engine remains glossy, this combination could create the illusion of softness. I don't think this detracts from the image, but it certainly doesn't add to it.
As for the composition, I can certainly appreciate the desire to get the rods down; a shot I took the week before as she backed into the Altoona Yard, I messed up the timing by a fraction of a second; however I think I might have waited a second longer to get the further along the line providing a more direct side-on shot.
But then again, I have unique image preferences and I admit many of my own pictures suffer because of it.
All in all, its a very well composed picture and I appreciate the opportunity to view it. Thank you for helping to capture the memory of that wonderful couple of weeks.
Great scene and picture. Thank you for sharing it. My sure
good old steamtrain...
great snapshot !