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Climbing the grade by DragonWolfACe Climbing the grade by DragonWolfACe
For your viewing pleasure, I present to you one of my finest drawings Ive drawn to date.

In the late years of the 1940s on a very wet and rainy April afternoon B&O 7610 with a coal extra is nearly stalled on slick rails. The crew struggles to keep the freight moving and in a time before radio communications the 7610 whistles to the rear helper crew to keep pushing in a last effort before stalling and having to double the hill. B&O 7620 with a much lighter time freight charges forth around the slow coal drag.

Both freights are powered by then the latest in steam locomotive technology, the mighty all powerful 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone class EM1. Built by Baldwin locomotive works in 1944.

The two locos fight one of the steepest meanest stretches of railroad in the USA, the many grades east of Grafton. This particular one, 17 mile grade. A ruling grade of nearly 3 percent for...17 miles.

The mighty EM1.

Photo source can be found in "B&O Power". Pencil drawn, 10-15 hours.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
(:0 Well this is beautiful! The EM1 looks amazing rounding the curve, boiler swinging aside.
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:icontango2155:
Tango2155 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Ouaaaaah!Very fine.
Drawed with pencil???
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct.
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:iconilikecokekd:
ilikecokekd Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Nice! I love the detail in this drawing!
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ThomasZoey3000 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is beyond good. I love the details of the scenery and the locomotives too.
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:iconjimmy-bobproducts:
Jimmy-BobProducts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is... Just... Wow... You have a wonderful talent
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:iconbluewolf111:
Bluewolf111 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconexcitedplz: Whoaaaaaaa, Thats A Drawing? Your Drawing Skills Are Quite Remarkable! :iconclapplz:
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really outstanding drawing, Matt.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzhengguoguangxi:
zhengguoguangxi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
amazing
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:iconlittlebluebonnet:
littlebluebonnet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW this drawing is so cool. keep up the good work.:)
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will do!
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This. is. awesome.
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:iconzshellart:
ZShellArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy Sh**! This is amazing! It gave me chills. So much detail and I love how you presented it with historical facts! You are truly amazing! :)
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks!
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:iconzshellart:
ZShellArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconnicilled:
Nicilled Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very nice. There are so many details. I like it very much. ;-)
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:iconbtomimatsu:
btomimatsu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! Everything is so well drawn!! And you did a great job with the steam and smoke effects.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great details!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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walkerka24 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist
===)

This is my sketch of my jaw hanging open!!!
Awesome job. And in only 10-15 hours???
I'm donating my pencils to some deserving children......
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, things went really well when I did this.
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Wulfruna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
10 - 15 hours? You're getting good at this! A great picture and you;ve got the persepective just right, I'm most impressed with the trackwork, I'd normally cheat and scribble that as its so repeptetive, but that trackwork is a masterpiece on its own! Love it.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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musksnipe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice. Those are monster engines.
Thanks for the look at them.
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:iconredtailfox:
RedtailFox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing O.o
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:iconfriscowolf:
FriscoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EM-1 power....they had an article on these giants in classic trains
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They did.
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FriscoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yessir, its a good water
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:icontopaztexangal:
Topaztexangal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Exceptionally done. You are truly gifted with the pencil and keen eye.
Love it!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you much!
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:icontopaztexangal:
Topaztexangal Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
You are quite welcome! :)
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beastly big girls.
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:iconsimulatortrain:
simulatortrain Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! Wish I could get this perspective stuff figured out.
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SolnceDei Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, looks so realistic!o.o epic! only 10-15hours omg o_O really great skills in speed :XD:
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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