Imagine yourself and family or friends experiencing a glance of the past via a scenic train ride. Perhaps enjoying a dinner tour, a murder mystery tour, or even an opportunity to operate the engine as you travel through mountain ranges located between Cumberland and Frostburg Maryland. Feel and hear the sights and sounds of the steam engine as it chugs along the track. Smoke and steam billowing, whistle blaring, wheels clacking, and perhaps the rocking of the car you are riding in while viewing the colorful western Maryland mountain forestry along the route.

My painting titled “Western Maryland Mountain Thunder #734” is my impression of the historic steam engine #734 pulling passenger cars through the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) tour route.

The WMSR locomotive now known as “Mountain Thunder” began life in 1916 as the Lake Superior & Ishpeming RR No. 34, a class SC-1 "Consolidation" type 2-8-0 steam locomotive built by the Baldwin locomotive works. It was retired in 1951 and sold multiple times until it was bought by the WMSR in 1991.

The WMSR converted it to make it look more like a Western Maryland Class H-7 2-8-0 locomotive and renumbered it #734. The restoration was completed in 1993. Shortly after being placed in service it was given the nickname “Mountain Thunder”.

Railroad buffs and historians most likely can identify with the class and numeric designators. I’m not among that group. However, I can tell you this specific locomotive has a rich history that spans hard work in early life to providing entertainment later in life. If interested, do an Internet search on WMSR Engine #734 to learn details of this engine.

Mountain Thunder completed the regular season run of the 2015 season, and provided some special runs in February and April of 2016 as a 100th birthday celebration. It was then placed on indefinite leave to await a mandated 1,472-day Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) inspection. Restoration costs have been estimated to be $1.2 million.

The WMSR is a 501(c)-(3) Non-profit heritage railroad based in Cumberland, Maryland. Specialty trains include The Polar Express Train Ride, Murder Mystery Dinner Trains, Moonshine Dinner Trains, Family Pizza Trains, Easter Trains, Private Charters, as well as Hands-on the Throttle (HOTT) Trains.

It is my hope that the painting can spur your imagination and bring a few relaxing moments to you during these stressful times.

Exhibit Information

 The painting above titled "Snow Moon" is currently on display at the BWI airport as part of the The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) exhibit "All Things Small and Big". The exhibit is located between departure concourses "C" and "D". The exhibits runs to November 16, 2020.

"Snow Moon" is also included in an ACAAC online exhibit along with five other paintings shown below. The exhibit is an on-going exhibit that features a different artist each week. In addition to "Snow Moon", the paintings shown below starting at the top left are: "Snow Moon", "Dispersion of Light", "Buddies", "Severn Tranquility", "View From Behind The Waterfall", and "Rails To The Sun". I'd like to thank ACAAC for their support by this exhibit. To view not only my paintings but also several other featured artists go to "www.acaac.org", scroll to and click on "Exhibits", and then scroll to "Virtual Art Gallery" and click on featured artist exhibit. 

I want to thank Dan Scott and his organization Draw Paint Academy for including the painting shown on the right titled “Noosa National Park QLD At Night” in their latest “On The Easel” post. Mr. Scott is an accomplished self-taught landscape artist and successful businessman from Australia. He along with the folks at Draw Paint Academy have encouraged, assisted, and provided training opportunities to artists worldwide at all levels ranging from hobbyist to professionals. If you have any interest whatsoever in drawing or painting please checkout Mr. Scott and his organization at www.drawpaintacademy.com

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