Union Pacific Chimney Rock

Watercolor… in November of 2016, a road trip took me along Route 92 toward Scottsbluff, which more or less flanks National Historic Site, Chimney Rock in the Western Panhandle of Nebraska. As I traveled, I passed or was passed by several long Union Pacific trains… Powder River Basin coal loads heading southeast and empties northwest… with an occasional, but always interesting, variety in power. Here we have Union Pacific (UP) #8331 at the head of Kansas City Southern (KCS) #4097, a pair of EMD SD70ACe locomotives built in 2005, and former Southern Pacific (SP) #277, a GE AC44CW built in 1995 and patched UP #6321… pulling a load, with a trailing pair of armour yellow helpers pushing on the tail end. That’s well in excess of 20,000 combined horsepower. Chimney Rock, sadly… has lost over half of its height to relentless wind & erosion since those 8 ox power, Oregon Trail wagon trains started using it as a route landmark in the early 19th century.

Size of Painting: 14" x 20" ... a giclee print is 9x12" on 11x14" paper.

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