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Texas Type by yankeedog Texas Type by yankeedog
The Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad operated 153 miles of track from Lake Erie to North Bessemer in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. From early spring till first freeze the B&LE hauled iron ore from boats on Lake Erie to the steel mills of Western Pennsylvania on return trips they carried Pennsylvania coal back to Lake Erie.

In 1929, with tonnage increasing, new locomotives were badly needed. The B&LE turned to Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia Pennsylvania for heavier power and purchased their first Texas Type 2-10-4 locomotive No. 601. This 502,630 pound locomotive was designated as Class H1a.

With the success of 601, it was decided in 1930 to purchase nine more Texas Types, numbers 602 through 610. These locomotives were designated Class H1b and were very similar to No. 601.

Ten more Class H1c 2-10-4s, numbers 611 through 620 were purchased from BLW in 1936 and another ten Class H1d, numbers 621 through 630 from the American Locomotive Company in 1937.

In 1940, the B&LE purchased more Texas Types, Class H1e, numbers 631 through 635. In 1941, Class H1f numbers 636 & 637. In 1942 Class H1g, numbers 638 through 647.

In all the B&LE owned a total of 47 Texas Type locomotives. All were built to the same basic specifications as the original No. 601 with 31" x 32" stroke cylinders, 64" drivers with a boiler pressure of 250 psi and a tractive effort of 96,700 pounds!

In 1951, B&LE transferred 18 Texas type locomotives to the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway, they were in service by the DM&IR until 1961.

There is one surviving B&LE Texas Type locomotive, No. 643. It is stored west of the P&LE shops in Mc Kees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

From what I found out on a B&LE board, No. 643 is owned by the Ohio Central Railroad.
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:iconcnyle1:
Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very awesome! The B&LE 2-10-4 locomotives truely were amazing pieces of machinery!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcnyle1:
Cnyle1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! 
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
2-10-4s - they pretty much kick ass.
XD
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
The are massive machines.
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:iconrailroadnutjob:
RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, of course!
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:iconble909:
ble909 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Bessemer!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I grew up in Harmarville. I used to love seeing B&LE train going across the high bridge across the Allegheny.
-YD
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Mikado55 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Total epic win, this is AWESOME!
What program you use?
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
This was done Adobe Illustrator CS2 on a Apple G4 OSX Tiger.
-YD
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:iconsteamby51:
steamby51 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah man, thats greatness right there
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Brute power no doubt about it.
-YD
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional
Yeeeeeehaaaaaaaaw

Let her roll boys lte her roll

nice job
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, with a full head of steam, this locomotive could haul some coal.
-YD
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:iconrimete:
rimete Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008   General Artist
Oh you could have some fun if you wanted since your work is so good...go around and print some fake ads and place them.

You could fool quite a few...but wouldn't be the nicest thing to do unless somewhere you let know it was joke.
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
That would be cool to do.

As long as there was no damage done, what would be the harm? :-)
-YD
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:iconrimete:
rimete Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008   General Artist
Well I don't think doing something like giving wrong directions or something like that would that good.

But I did see a really funny on the internet: Somebody took a picture of Beagle and it seemed like your normal Found Dog bulletin board ad. Well the final line said something very close to "Tasted like chicken" and I had a good laugh.

No harm although I'm sure some of groups that protect everything it seems would have a complaint. We need humor in our lives, great way to release tension.

That's like right now since I don't watch much TV, I've found that there is a ton of free TV on the Internet. I'm not that big in reality TV but I watched the episodes of "I Survived a Japanese Gameshow" and it was interesting.

Can't take life too serious but I was surprised how good the quality is, since I don't that fast of connection (DSL) and the length of wiring. But at 2Mbs it came in very well full-screen ABC [link] - I'm waiting for U-Verse to hit the area.

With so many places to go can never have enough good links...especially any that are fun.
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:iconraakone:
Raakone Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Beyond cool!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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:iconsampug394:
Sampug394 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAH! :w00t: Good to see another Great Steam Locomotive Vector Peice from you, Especially a 2-10-4... :D
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I've been wanting to do a Bessemer piece for a while. The B&LE cuts through the town I grew up in and while I never saw the railroad under steam, it's always a thrill to see a B&LE train rumble across the high bridge that crosses the Allegheny River. It has such a train set feel to it.
-YD
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It probably has a Train-Set feel to it because Modelers Create Small Towns with Railroads serving them So they can Replicate a Place from the Past that may not Exist anymore, because Today, there aren't Too many Places like that Left... :)
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
This isn't the best shot, but it gives you some idea: [link]
-YD
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome job, Don!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Robert!
-YD
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:iconhunter1828:
hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
In that case, the 643 belongs to Gennessee and Wyoming now. They just applied to the STB yesterday to purchase the Ohio Central.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's interesting. 643 has changed hands many times, it would be nice to see someone get it who would get her back on the rails again. I'd love to see it thunder across the high bridge that crosses the Allegheny River in Harmarville. [link]
-YD
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darknessofanubis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that one brother.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah that would be cool. I doubt G&W would do that though. Ohio Central's steam program is one of the best in the nation, but it's also a drain on the company's profits. I just can't see a shortline conglomorate like G&W or RailAmerica maintaining a money-losing steam shop. :(
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:iconhunter1828:
hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
G&W is the UP of shortlines... "Resistance is futile..."
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:iconherrdrayer:
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Scary to say, you're right. They seem to be more customer and employee friendly than RailAmerica though.
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:iconhunter1828:
hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, that's something at least.
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MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Wow, great detail!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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:iconjcallius:
JCallius Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice :)
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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