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- Joined: 26 Mar 2004, 00:19
Richard Abramson wrote:
I find it amazing how some artists just do not do their homework. Brother Henry is absolutely correct about those ridiculous PRR signals; not to mention the Jet's location. The catenary bridge however, is correct. There was an automatic (semaphore) "NY 3.73" located on the Long Island side of Big Hell Gate on trk-3. Opposite that on trk-4 was "NY 3.74". I, and many others who worked for the RR can attest to the fact; not to mention photos, that there were never PRR signals on the NY Connecting until you got to the eastern limits of Harold in NH days or even under PC. It was Amtrak that installed position light signals at "GATE" (Bowery Bay) and other locations on the branch.
Another example of incorrect art is the Howard Fogg painting of the Freedom Train with PAs in 1948 crossing the PRR's Potomac River bridge. . .and no catenary!
Not to mention it’s only shows three tracks where there would have been four and the Jets is out of scale. That said, I give the NH enthusiast the utmost accolades for the expression the painting portrays. We have have photo evidence if we are looking for the technical accuracy.
- Joined: 05 Aug 2010, 18:32
- Joined: 09 Sep 2003, 13:57
My wife and I have been extremely fond of Norman Rockwell works for many years; and in this regard it recently occurred to me that it seems a bit strange that Rockwell --- whose home and studio in Stockbridge MA was literally just a few minutes' walk from the Berkshire line and Stockbridge's very photogenic New Haven station --- never painted anything there. In fact, now that I think about it, I am not aware that Norman ever painted any rail subjects at all.
That indifference hasn't been historically or artists in general. The great French impressionist Claude Monet --- arguably the greatest, and certainly far and away the most prolific impressionist --- not only painted trains but once commented on what an inspiring subject they are!
Trainman Charlie Bardo used to see him ride the train to NYC during WW2. NR didn't speak to people.
- Joined: 11 Jun 2008, 09:34
Mr. Tom. I went to the Totally History site and viewed all of Norman Rockwell's paintings at: http://totallyhistory.com/norman-rockwell-paintings/
. There was one railroad theme painting he titled "Boy in Dining Car" that he painted in 1947. Here is the painting from that site.boy-in-a-dining-car-1947-Norman-Rockwell-small.jpg
Looking at all of his painting from February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978, it seems he didn't do any actual buildings, just subjects that included elements of buildings.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967
Rockwell's son Peter was the model for the boy in the painting.
- Joined: 15 Jun 2014, 10:26
Bill Reidy wrote:
Edward Hopper (perhaps best known for his painting "Nighthawks") spent about 40 summers in Truro on the outer Cape. During this time, he painted a number of images that featured the railroad directly or indirectly. Here are links to a few samples:
Thanks for that Bill.
BTW, there's a person in Wellfleet who does van tours through the back roads of Wellfleet and Truro to Hopper's painting locations. She brings along a 3 ring binder of Hopper prints. My wife and I have taken this tour and loved it. It involves numerous crossings of the New Haven ROW in the area
If there is enough of it left it would seem the former New Haven roadbed on Cape Cod would make a superb rail trail just as the former
St.J. & L.C. roadbed here in Vermont is becoming. I am amazed at how much use the completed sections get all year long!
Cordially, Don Valentine
- Joined: 15 Jan 2010, 00:40
I believe that there is a rail trail on the Cape and some of it is on the former ROW