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.