Sunday, August 30, 2015

Drawing of the Day-August 30, 2015 Amtrak Empire Service FL9

Today I drew an Empire Service FL9 for my friend, Amtrak engineer David Todd Magill.  Amtrak Empire Service operates between New York City, Albany and Buffalo.
Amtrak acquired its FL9s in 1978 from Conrail.  The FL9s served for many years in Empire Service.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Drawing of the Day- August 28, 2015 CSX ET44AC General Electric ET44AC Tier 4 Locomotive

Today's drawing is a new CSX General Electric GE Transportation ET44AC.  This CSX ET44AC is from CSX's first order for GE Transportation Tier 4 Locomotives.
The development of the Tier 4 locomotive is a crowning achievement in locomotive progress.
CSX serves the ports, agriculture, industries and communities of the Eastern and Midwestern United States.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Drawing of the Day-August 27, 2015 Amtrak GG1 926

I just drew Amtrak GG1 #926.  This GG1 is owned by the Central New York Chapter of the NRHS and is at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The GG1 was one of the most successful and popular locomotives ever designed.  The venerable GG1 continued in passenger service well after the inception of Amtrak.  Still very popular, GG1s have found homes at museums and parks all across America.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My New Amtrak America Shirt


I just got the great new Amtrak America that I ordered from the Amtrak Store.  It is truly one of my favorite train shirts I have.
This shirt makes me think of the great scenery and communities that I see while traveling Amtrak.  I can't wait to wear this shirt as I ride Amtrak across America.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My US Map of Railroads

I enjoy visiting railroads and communities all across America.  I find that travel always inspires new drawings.
Years ago, I designed a map that showed the United States with its railroads placed geographically.  I created the map from many of my locomotive and freight car drawings.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Trains of the Midwest

The Midwest has a rich history of railroads that connected its people, places, agriculture and industry.  Historically, many of the Midwest's railroads connected the Midwest with the Gulf Coast, the Northeast, and the West.
Many of the Midwest's railroads have become part of today's Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Canadian Pacific or Canadian National.  Quite a few of the Midwest's shortlines and regional railroads remain.  Shortlines and regionals perform much of the key first mile/last mile service in unison with today's Class 1 railroads.





Watching Conrail While Living in Altoona

It was always fun to watch trains while in Altoona.  When I took a break from drawing, often we would go down by the railroad museum and watch Conrail go by.
Westbounds were just preparing to climb the Horseshoe Curve, and eastbounds prepared to cut their helpers off.  After a few hours, I was ready to go back into the studio and draw again.