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Engineers view by DragonWolfACe Engineers view by DragonWolfACe
Looking down, way down, some 60 feet of boiler on a Baltimore and Ohio EM1. The hogger keeps an eye on the mainline as two other trains fight against gravity to control their speed. The engineer is giving all the steam engine can take as they takle the grueling 17 mile grade.

17 mile grade is one of the worse mainline mountain railroads in the USA with grades topping 2.3%...or otherwise, damn steep to be running coal trains. It is located on the West End between Grafton, WV and Cumberland, MD.

Motorcyclists brag about feeling the power in the seat of your pants but the feel from a steam engine would make a motorcyle be nothing but a small vibration. I find it interesting that the fact that steam engineers could tell what their engine was doing by the feel in their seat.
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best seat in the house to watch steam from!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hands down!
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I hear "FASTER FASTER"
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great view :)
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Melbournesparks Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
that's awsome, I love point of view pictures. That's quite a savage gradient.
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