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Olympian Hiawatha by Black-Ronin Olympian Hiawatha by Black-Ronin
Steam locomotives are especially challenging to me but some of the most interesting were the post war steam locomotives, especially the streamlined ones for passenger service. This was the golden age of train travel when every railroad would pull out all the stops to get people to ride their trains. Milwaukee Road's fleet of streamlined Hudson locomotives were built specifically for their Hiawatha trains. They didn't just look nice but they would routinely haul long trains at 100 miles per hour. The Olympian Hiawatha operated from 1911 to it's final run in 1961 and ran between Seattle/Tacoma, Washington and Chicago. This Chicago bound train is nearing it's terminus after a long run from Seattle. I used common office ball point pens and a yellow flourescent and orange highlighter.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
God, I wish I had your level of talent!
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darktoys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
crazy work ! :clap:
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Varaleo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
very nice pick you have captured the glory of engine and in my opinion a very nice rememberance to the days of steam
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Black-Ronin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. My only regret is that there are no streamlined steam locomotives preserved today. They would have definitely been a sight to behold.
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Draconis-de-Christus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Looking at the list of materials and mediums used for this makes it an incredible work of art.

On top of that, you chose one of the most aesthetic streamliner designs of the era...they were beautiful. I'm just sorry none of them survived to see my time.
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Black-Ronin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very glad you liked this. Thank you very much for your comment. I agree with you. It's a real shame that none of these beautiful engines ever survived to see this day. A few steam engines are still operational albeit on tourist lines but to see one of these streamlined engines up and running, now that would be a sight to behold.
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newanubian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
This is an AWSOME piece of art you have done! You are very talented. I especially like all the shadows and highlights you put into it. ;)
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Black-Ronin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I'm very glad you liked it.
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newanubian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
You're Welcome!! :)
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