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Penna. Southern No. 666 by Atticus-W Penna. Southern No. 666 by Atticus-W
In 191X, the Pennsylvania Southern Railroad ordered a series of seven heavy 2-10-0 locomotives. Nos. 660-665 were equipped with Wooten fireboxes, as per standards on the anthracite-burning line. The last locomotive in the series, however, was equipped with an experimental Woopaire-type boiler, touted as the definitive answer to difficult-to-fire fuels. Indeed, it didn’t take long for No. 666 to prove herself against her sisters on the mainline— 666 could fly up hills pulling tonnage that left conventional locomotives panting for breath. Firemen claimed that her fire roared no matter what they did with their scoops!

But there was something not quite right about Ol’ 666, too. First it was the time she ran away— not from a yard, unattended, but on the mainline, with a crew assigned. It took a series of frantic telegraph relays and a pulled rail to bring the loco to a stop that day... and her crew was never heard from again. Not long after, she was switching hoppers at the Number Four mine when she inexplicably shoved a cut of cars over the end of a siding and down an embankment before coming to a jammed, derailed halt— that time, a pair of smoldering boots was found in the cab.

Over the years to come, a number of crewmen found themselves assigned behind 666’s big, jollily-burning Woopaire boiler— and nearly each found that assignment to be his last. (Occasionally a burned bandana or lost glove remained to mark a man’s last post on her deck plate.) Finally the men on the Coal Division decided that they had had enough with the devilish machine. One early morning in 192X, a conveniently-opened draw bridge in the Tidewater took 666 down for the count. The Railroad wrote the engine off as a loss, but for 50 years the water under the bridge boiled, marking the grave of the demonic, hellfire-fueled engine below...



Look, Ma, no white driver tires. =D
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jonathanlerner13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Digital Artist
this engine is evil cause of the number
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I dunno-- could merely be an appropriate coincidence. :noes:
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason, this engine reminds me of random engine types I came up with as a "What if?". Long story short, the Rogenson Speed Company of New York was incorporated in 1910. A series of engines, with abnormally more wheels, and very short boilers, were thought up by the company, for more speed engines. These were locomotives like a 10-10-2 and a 20-20-10. They had 'porches' due to the small boilers. Only one type was built, an 8-8-4, and tested on the Erie Railroad. It was a huge failure, and was scrapped. The company went bankrupt in 1911.
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Well, you ought draw some of them. XD
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did, sketched some out, but they are very small. Maybe I'll draw a bigger one.
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to get my scuba gear and dive this engine! Wish me luck! On the contrast, I really liked how to story goes, and you're drawing is fantastic!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
It's been nice knowing you, Cnyle. ;) Thank you for the kind words-- it was nice to hear them before your untimely departure from this earth!
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Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I survived, but I'm paralyzed from my expedition. Thanks for being concerned about me! :D (Big Grin) 
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Jengapro29 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Has anyone tried to rescue #666?
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
No one who remembered her ever WANTED to rescue her. :noes: A group of uninitiated railfans once considered the notion, but as they approached the wreck site with a rescue barge, their craft inexplicably capsized/ignited.
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