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That is cool, looks like an old aircraft nose.
 


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Great picture. Built when machines were made to look good in addition to being functional.

Under test conditions, the Class J locomotive propelled a 15-car, 1015-ton passenger train at 110 miles per hour on level tangent track. Performance in regular service was equally impressive, with speeds on straight sections of track reported to approach 100 miles per hour.
 

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Great picture. Built when machines were made to look good in addition to being functional.
I am not a train expert but just spitballing the vintage of the locomotive I wonder if it was for aerodynamics or to mimic the "futuristic" look of aircraft that were probably starting to hurt train travel. Or both.
 

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That model was built between 1941 and 1950. The streamlining was primarily on large passenger locomotives, the ones used on long trips. It was done for better aerodynamics and style.

The trains these engines pulled had fancy names, also. That engine would have run routes called "Powhatan Arrow, Cavalier, and Pocahontas." It was customary for railroads to name their big routes. Other railroads used names like "Arrowhead, Asa Packer, Broadway Limited, Empire Builder, Twentieth Century Limited, etc."
 

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That model was built between 1941 and 1950. The streamlining was primarily on large passenger locomotives, the ones used on long trips. It was done for better aerodynamics and style.
It must have been a popular thing to do then. Pretty much all the tractor manufacturers "streamlined" in 1939.

Air travel was by no means taking off yet. I figured it would have been in the 50's.
 

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That model was built between 1941 and 1950. The streamlining was primarily on large passenger locomotives, the ones used on long trips. It was done for better aerodynamics and style.

The trains these engines pulled had fancy names, also. That engine would have run routes called "Powhatan Arrow, Cavalier, and Pocahontas." It was customary for railroads to name their big routes. Other railroads used names like "Arrowhead, Asa Packer, Broadway Limited, Empire Builder, Twentieth Century Limited, etc."

and my favorite, "The City of New Orleans"
 

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611 will always be my favorite locomotive, it caught my eye when I was 3 years old and my parents took me to Roanoke to see it in the museum. Cool to think that I've stood in that cab when it comes blasting through here like it does every year now. It's a shame she's the only one left. 72" drivers and it could do 100+mph. At the time this thing was an engineering marvel, N&W had arguably the most advanced steam locomotives ever designed.

You all might be interested in this video, it details the building of the J-Class locomotives, you see 600 and 601 here, my guess is 611 wasn't around at the time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH_o5xZ8wRU

Glad I'm not the only one who likes trains here!
 
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The rising "Worm Moon" taken with my Iphone 8 braced of a tree by my garage.



Ran in the house and grabbed my camera, crazy how fast things change.



And to think, if the oiler had decided to work on my chainsaw I wouldn't have even seen it.
 

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Caught a gourgous sunset last night on the way back from the lake.

 

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Came out neat, I need to clean my windows and mirror and experiment with this more.

 

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I've been taking those kinds of pics for a while now. I personally love them!


Ranger/B2 mirrors seem good for it, can't get the same effect with my Dodge.
 

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I've been taking those kinds of pics for a while now. I personally love them!


Ranger/B2 mirrors seem good for it, can't get the same effect with my Dodge.
They did come out really good!

We played with it a little during our engagement photos, never caught the sunset in the mirror before.

The photographer was going to use the driver side mirror, I was like "no use the other one" "why?" "you will see"

 
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"The photographer was going to use the driver side mirror, I was like "no use the other one" "why?" "you will see""


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