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Inspiration Point 1928, 
Santa Monica, California - Paintings by Steven John Koeppe, Dada Design
Challenger 3924 Passing Ontario Station

by Steven John Koeppe - Acrylic on canvas, 24"x30"
A work in progress - November 23, 2014

I grew up in Ontario, California, quite close to the busy tracks of both the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. I always loved the architecture of the mission style Union Pacific station. It was rather humble compared to Union Station in Los Angeles. I'm working with a photograph that adorns one of the walls at City Hall along with a sketch I made of the station in 1972. I believe the locomotive is an early model Challenger, probably built in 1937. It boasted four leading wheels followed by six coupled driving wheels, a second set of six driving wheels and four trailing wheels (4-6-6-4,) making it one of the largest locomotives, only exceeded by the enormous 4-8-8-4 Big Boys built during WWII.


 
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