Raining Cinders   Painting of an Erie Railroad freight train with a steam locomotive street running in Elmira, New York.   Oil on archival canvas panel.


Before a viaduct was built in the 1930s, The Erie Railroad's busy double track main line ran in the street through downtown Elmira, New York..   Here is an Erie Decapod on Elmira's Railroad Avenue, about to cross Water Street just north of the Chemung River.   The painting was inspired by a photograph taken by my grandfather taken in the late 1920s.    I made several changes from the photograph  while creating a drawing for the painting, including changing the point of view....but I retained the nonchalant posture of the crew.   The brakeman is seated on the running board step, and the engineer looks down on the passing street.   It is obvious that they have made this run many times before.

This painting is on display at the Silver Rails Gallery in La Plata, MIssouri.


Seven Mile Bridge    Railroad steam locomotive painting. Oil on stretched canvas,   20 x 26 inches.  Before the great hurricane of 1935, when the railroad still ran to Key West, the crossing between Little Duck Key and Knights Key required a bridge of great length. 

October Night,  railroad steam locomotive painting. Oil on archival canvas panel  20 x 16 inches.

On a haunting fall night, , a Delaware Lackawanna and Western Super Pocono stands on the ready track amdist clouds of smoke, steam, and fog. A coaling tower looms in the background.

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Paintings of Steam Locomotives

steam locomotive railroad roundhouse painting
narrow gauge railroad train bridge painting Rio Grande Southern high line

The Wabash Bridge   Determined to enter Pittsburgh after being blocked by competing railroads, the Wabash blasted a tunnel and built a huge bridge across the Monongahela River to reach the city center.   There, the Wabash built a complete station, including a head building and elevated  trainshed.   In this scene from long ago, a passenger train leaves the station as steamboats occupy the river below.  Today, all that remains is the tunnel and one of the massive stone bridge piers.   Oil on archival hardboard panel.  16 x 20 inches.

Roundhouse Steam.  Railroad steam locomotive painting Oil on stretched canvas, 18x 24 inches

Bathed in steam and morning sunlight, a big Berkshire type rolls off the turntable and is ready for the next assignment.

Feel the Ground Shake, railroad steam locomotive paintingoil on canvas  18 x 24 inches.


With a combined locomotive and tender weight of nearly 400,000 lbs, this 4-8-4 northern type has no difficulty rolling a freight train that stretches to the horizon.   The fireman leans out over the cab armrest, listening to the sound of steam rushing from the lifting safety valve.

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On the High Line   Narrow gauge railroad steam locomotive painting. Oil on stretched Canvas   18 x 24 inches..

Some 70 years ago, on the now long abandoned Rio Grande Southern, the Engineer  eases a string of boxcars across a quaking trestle on the RGS high line.

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