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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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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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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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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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Jimmy-BobProducts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is... Just... Wow... You have a wonderful talent
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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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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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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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