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PRR T1 by DragonWolfACe PRR T1 by DragonWolfACe
The PRR T1, also know as the 4-4-4-4 Duplex was perhaps one of the fastest steam engines ever developed. They were nicknamed Sharks with their nose design. They look fast even when sitting still. They where made to run and that they did. Their top speed was 120MPH and some unconfirmed reports have them pushing 140MPH. They could run Chicago to Harrisburg without having to stop for coal or water.

But they where flawed, at slow speeds their second driver would slipped uncontrollably until the engineer could get a hold of it. PRR, in its over zealous pride tried to develop an engine at the end of the steam era that would trump proven designed locomotives, specifically the 4-8-4 Northern.

Ultimately it is this engine that started the Pennsy down the road to ruin. It took nearly 20 years but their pride eventually got the better of them. Worse yet, to save the company they merged with their arch rival and formed Penn Central. That was a disaster from the start.

Either way, it is a sharp locomotive.
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Come over in about April May Fall (autumn here) or September October (Spring here) would be better,
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing we get very dry and hot we don't run much steam in the summer months down here, it more the maintenance months   
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I didnt find that out until all the plans where made. Ooooh well!
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now to wait until she steams then over the border to South Australia I go (I live in Victoria)
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, little do you know I spent a month in the land of Oz, NSW, Vic, and SA. Have yet to share them pics. Sadly no steam ran the month I was there, Feb...
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SAR500 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We've got a 4-8-4 inspired by  that one machine  its a SAR 520
  www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRKyUm…

and she going to be restored to La la la la 
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Still better than the P1!
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Sonic10160 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Did the original T1's have a split regulator for each set of drivers or was it one for all?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Split, I think.
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Zephyr4501 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
A T1 Duplex is being designed! She will be known as PRR 5550! YAY 
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, and here is hoping that it happens!
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Zephyr4501 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Here, here! :cheers: 
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XXtraPrince Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
The guys at the Pennsylvania and the New York Central were conditioned to view each other as The Enemy; in retrospect, it was unrealistic to expect their merger to succeed.

By the way, back in the seventies, I had some "Twentieth Century Limited" cigarette papers printed up and marketed them in head shops in Texas and Louisiana.  They sold like hotcakes!  I didn't get rich but I didn't lack for drinkin' dough either....
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I wonder what Raymond Lowey thought if he knew the T1s were sent to the scrap heap.  To have something that you played a part in making destroyed after such a short existence, is something nobody wants to go through.
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railguy365 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know that a fully operational replica of a T1 is in the works?
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Source please?
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railguy365 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Trains Magazine's News Wire

Trains Subscribers only can access the article.

trn.trains.com/Mobile.aspx?vie…{10BE1D72-D643-491D-8C7D-63B76AE5C370}
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But his legend and his designs live on in various other forms.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
True that.
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ThomasZoey3000 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though they were never the best engines, they were still beautiful. It's a shame they are all gone. This is an amazing picture, it looks just like the real thing.
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ltgrxr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you sell these drawing?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will if the price is right.
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ltgrxr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my point is: if they're this popular. it could be a pretty good business :)
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a sharp looking unit, but I read somewhere that this thing was a maint headache. Just think: 2 engines under one locomotive, just like a big articulated unit. For all of its flashy looks and ballast-burning speed, this loco had twice the running gear to service vs. that of a conventional Northern. Locomotives like this are what killed steam in the face of diesels that simply needed fuel, maybe a few gallons of lube oil in the crankcase, possibly some boiler water, check the axle bearing oil and it's ready to go on its next run only 2 hours after arriving from its last assignment. It's really no surprise that the Pennsy went belly up.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While two sets of running gear means higher maintenance, yes, there were scores of gigantic articulated mallets with more driving wheels and higher complexity on numerous railroads in constant use. The real issue with the T1s was that the poppet valves on the cylinders were made of poor metal and could not withstand long periods of +100mph operation. That, and the crews assigned to these engines often whacked open the throttle, letting 5000HP loose without moderation and allowing the drivers to lose traction and wheelslip at high velocity.

Had the valves been stronger and crews trained better, (in an era where diesels were rapidly replacing steam as it was, so there wasn't much priority on training for steam anymore), I thoroughly believe the T1s would have lasted longer. They were an engineering marvel, excessively powerful, could maintain constant boiler pressure regardless of any operational scenario, and were capable of reaching 120mph.


Also, PRR didn't go belly up on its own. Its unholy marriage with NYC RR into Penn Central lasted one year before going bankrupt, (1969-1970) and caused a domino effect with other railroads in the east succumbing to bankruptcy. The 1970s were just about the worst decade for railroads as a whole, ever.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't fix stupid.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lolwut did you even bother to read anything I said?

Where does stupidity come into play. :/
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The bad idea to combine two systems that that were competing against each other in a market where there was really only enough traffic to support one of them, assuming that that one system was properly run. Also failing to train operators on a new and much more powerful unit.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ICC forced them to merge with NYC. Had they been able to choose, they could have done a lot better by combining with other class 1s.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Government stupidity. That level of stupid is actually contagious.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, just like a high maintenance girl in a flashy dress!
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stormsirens2 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
wow just wow!
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Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks really fast!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like it
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done. A very interesting book about the demise of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the mergers up to NS & CSX absorbing Conrail is "The Men Who Loved Trains" by Rush Loving Jr. It is amazing the scandalous way they used creative accounting to try and show the railroad was making money when it was really way in the red. It was the Enron of the day.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Mark!

I didnt read that book but did read "The wreck of the Penn Central". It really was the Enron of its day.
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acela Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Amazing lineart and shading here.

The only improvement I'd suggest is using block print (all caps, with lowercase substituted for smaller caps). Might make it look a little more professional. However, that's completely up to you.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good idea.
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TinDuke Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
the T1 is my favorite steam locomotive
although I prefer the older styling of streamline like #6110 they were all beautiful
if only they put that kind of effort into designs today
great work man I wasn't expecting this
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great art. Didn't Baldwin make a similar looking diesel called the shark?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They sure did!
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
cool
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ticoun Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This truly is epic! So realistic!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CSX5344 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Excellent drawing of the Pennsy T1!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
epic. Wish I could draw machines that epicly.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, practice. Thats all.
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