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Old Coalburner by Atticus-W Old Coalburner by Atticus-W
...on the Pennsylvania Southern, ca. 1891.


(Apologies in advance for a rather tedious explanation!)

Basically... this is my idea of a generic, old-time freight engine in the eastern USA. It’s a camelback design (meaning the cab is located in the middle, rather than behind, the boiler), but it doesn’t have the huge Wooten firebox that generally necessitates this unusual placement. Rather, I like to think that a particular coal-hauling Pennsylvania railroad looked to their anthracite-burning neighbor, the Reading, and got the idea to build a middle-cab engine with the only goal being to improve forward visibility. Reportedly, as my line of thinking continues, the design wasn’t a huge success, but neither was it a particular failure— and as in many such cases, laissez-faire prevailed with the crews. The engine carried out its duties unbothered by modification.

If the ultimate conclusion arrived at by my watchers is that this engine is a camelback for the sake of being a camelback, so be it. =p I'm actually pleased with it, all things considered, though I've been a bit torn from the start over whether or not to give it a slope-back firebox.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
I guess the fireman's gonna get wet & sooty on the next run!
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:iconatticus-w:
Call it an extra incentive to keep a clean-burning fire. ;)
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Therailking2998 Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well your forget one minor detail. It also had a small lip on the end for the fireman to fuel the engine. And also the tender.
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:iconatticus-w:
Oy, I drew a platform for the fireman-- see the deck with the railing? =p

As for the tender, well, yeah. I just don't like drawing those things. >>
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dinodanthetrainman Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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dinodanthetrainman Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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:iconfairy-red-hime:
Whoo...wow! Such detail, man! You're good at these like I remembered! :D Good work!
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:iconatticus-w:
Thank you! I try my best. :)
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VortexRikers Jun 10, 2008
The lineart is smooth and well detailed. The description is interesting too. Good work, good work.
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