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Locomotive In A Garden, Santa Monica 1908 - Paintings by Steven John Koeppe, Dada Design
Locomotive In A Garden, Santa Monica, 1908

by Steven John Koeppe - Acrylic on canvas, 24"x30"
A work in progress, April 25, 2015

Commuter rail is returning to Santa Monica. It may even be operational before the end of 2015. I for one am very excited about it. But some are preaching doom and gloom for various reason. There are those who predict that trains and motor vehicles are bound to collide. Others, that this idyllic enclave will be over run by outsiders. Both notions are rather ridiculous because tourists and commuters had arrived by rail since before the beginning of the 20th century. That only came to an end after auto, tire and oil interest managed to push the Pacific Electric "Red Cars" into obsolescence and bankruptcy. Short sided powers that be tore up and sold off 90% of that very extensive system of rails and right of ways. For the next 50 years the only way to get around was by ever more congested streets and freeways. Rush hours only got worse as time passed.
To commemorate and call attention to our new light rail system and scoff those who bad mouth the project, I'm painting "Locomotive In A Garden." In 1908 an engineer set a record, driving his locomotive and tender from the Los Angeles Depot to Santa Monica in 22 minutes. But he also over ran the end of the rail yard, plowed across Ocean Avenue and into the garden of the Arcadia Hotel. I'm working from a mosaic of 7 photographs: the left side shot from 1898, the locomotive in 1908, the right side 1902 and a few of the Santa Monica Mountains in the background I shot in the present day. I intend to use it for my 2016 calendar.
See the photo montage I am working from: CLICK HERE.

Paintings by Steven John Koeppe
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