Previous 15 of 406 Next
American steamloc

American steam locomotives are usually recognized by the enormous headlight. Image size: 260 x 360 mm

5 of 7 Comments Show All 7 Comments

Anonymous Guest (IP: 172.69.63.140)

Wes Schuelke 02 Dec 2019

Excellent artwork, like your detail and your style with the watercolors, well done, my friend.

Artist Reply: Thanks Wes

James Mann 01 Dec 2019

... another anomaly, depending on which railroad is operating a particular locomotive... the headlamp could be mounted on top of the smokebox, as you've illustrated, or at any height on the smokebox door. Interestingly, different railroads, operating the same identical model of locomotive, very often had a preference for their own distinct variation of a unique headlamp... could be size or shape... as a sort of a distinguishing characteristic. The recently reactivated UP 4014's headlamp sits well ahead of the smokebox and over top the pilot. Headlamp minutiae is a fascinating study in itself. I'm not being picky, just adding to the lore... and you nailed a basic truth.

Artist Reply: Indeed Jim, unlike the European locomotives, where the headlight was purely functional, it seems that the American railway companies almost used it as a calling card. It appears that this is also the case for the copper bell and the decoration of the cabin. Quite a difference with the sober version in Europe.

Sharon De Vore 29 Nov 2019

PERFECTLY DONE, IVO. ALWAYS SPOT ON.

Artist Reply: Thanks Sharon

Marie josé LAURIER 29 Nov 2019

MY PIC ..

Artist Reply: Merci beaucoup Marie José

Joanie Holliday 28 Nov 2019

FANTASTIC GORGEOUS WORK. YOU ARE AN EXPERT IN TRAINS, SHIPS, WATER AND LANDSCAPES. PLUS MORE. GUESS YOU KNOW I LOVE AND APPRECIATE ALL YOUR WONDERFUL WORK. GOD GAVE YOU A FANTASTIC TALENT.

Artist Reply: Many thanks Joanie