Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History
The location is imaginary, but the painting salutes the innovation,
style and optimism which characterised the Art Deco period; of
course then all was not well with the world, but nonetheless its
passing may be mourned. So, here we see the harmonious
combination of a 1936 Cord 810 saloon, with standing close by
a 1920 model brightly dressed in the latest style and, towering
above, the Pennsylvania Railroad's mighty pioneer Duplex, No.
6100 (Altoona 1939). Having a 6-4-4-6 wheel arrangement, it
remained unique, partly because it simply was too much for the
job - but it could move! Imagine standing beside the tracks,
the earth shaking, as 304 tons of locomotive trailing 1200 tons
of train thundered past at over 100 mph. Wish I had been there.
All railway art is for viewing only and is copyrighted to Robin Barnes 2008.
The railway art may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the artist.