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Norfolk an Way Thunder by DragonWolfACe Norfolk an Way Thunder by DragonWolfACe
Struggling with a mile long train of West Virginia black gold, N&W 1218, a 2-6-6-4 malley, heads for Bluefield, Roanoke, and points east along the Pokey.

The N&W A class was rated as one of the most powerful steam locomotive built. I was going to draw the MOST powerful locomotive ever, N&W's own Y6B, but that engine is just UGLY. So I went with the 1218, which currently rests cosmetically restored at the Virginia Transportation museum.

The Norfolk and Western, now Norfolk Southern mainline thru West Virginia is a railfans paradise with many curves, small towns, and over 40 tunnels and often looks like a model layout.

Theres alot of things to this drawing that I did wrong! The engine is too long, the nose is too cramped, the rocks just suck but hey, I think I did a bang up job on the track and side rods.

This is the second of my "Thunder" series...haha

.....<--------The first :icondragonwink:
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:icontheidahorailfan:
TheIdahoRailfan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The class A. In my opinion, one of the very panicles of steam design. Great drawing here.
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FivesTheARC9520 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
I love 2-6-6-4s...
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:iconbig-bad-rocket:
Big-bad-Rocket Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Wow this is really good. You have done an amazing job with this.
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:icontango2155:
Tango2155 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Epic draw, I like it.
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:iconsar500:
SAR500 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just found this, I like the A's awesome and the Y6bs both nice machines
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
the class A was simple-articulated. The Y-class locomotives were Mallet-compound.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Could you do a RQST? An N&W E2a class pacific. I would prefer it as No. 578. Why? 578 is the last of the N&W Pacifics still standing and I work alongside her on the display siding. If you could do a request of this, I would be very thankful for your consideration!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ill do commissions, but not requests, sorry.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
How is a commission done? Your skill could do wonders with old 578, as shown in the 1218 illustration!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Commissions are where you pay someone for your request.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
In points? I have a point.
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :)
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
oh those CPL signals.


Different world. 8D
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Drawing!
I'm tempted to colour it but I'm not sure if I can do it....
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it if you want!
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay I've coloured it:
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If you don't like a colour I could change it
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE!! Very cool!
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you direct me to pictures or pages where can I get material for this picture? Like the Tunnel and the Semaphore?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tunnel is random. Signal...do a google search for N&W signals.
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay I fixed it (Hope in the right way)
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not quite!

The bottom signals are suppose to be red where its green. The horizontal one is red and the vertical one is yellow where you have green.
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So from left to right and top to bottom:
Red, Yellow, Red, Red?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im wrong, change yellow to green like you had and the rest red. You are right about order.
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:icontzoli:
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay :)
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I-am-Draycos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! Its just stunning how much detail you squeezed into this thing and still kept the lines crisp. I know you say the engine is too long and the nose cramped but to someone like me with no locomotive knowledge it looks nearly photo-realistic.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconi-am-draycos:
I-am-Draycos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!
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WalterScriptunasII Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Wow Matt, this is great!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Walter, welcome to DA!
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SwissTrain Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Wonderfull!
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