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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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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess the fireman's gonna get wet & sooty on the next run!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Call it an extra incentive to keep a clean-burning fire. ;)
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just realised that the fireman can stick his shovel out and troll people by bell-spamming!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Hahaha, yes, I suppose so. XD If he's able to maintain a sense of humor after all that shoveling!

*DING!*
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or he can just wait until a hill slows her down enough and hop off. Then if someone asks, he'd say "I'm not a fireman! I'm my original character...
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Therailking2998 Featured By Owner 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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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
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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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just use :iconimaginationplz: to imagine a Sierra 3-style tender.
:iconimaginationplz: is useful! I personally did that with a lot of loco detail on my rack loco pushing a coach!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thank'e. =)
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