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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Turning the years

My dad's scratchboard of a locomotive at the turntable in Fort Worth...This became a family Christmas card, from an original drawing, when I was with him as a little boy. This is a portion of it only, and for my cousin Dan B Clark who mentioned it last night on facebook.

for you youngsters, a turntable was necessary to turn the big steam locomotives around, because they didn't move efficiently in reverse, unlike the diesels are ambi-directional.

Scratchboard involves covering a white surface with black paint, and then using a knife to scratch out a negative image.


  1. I love this work. It is my favorite of all your dad's work and sparked my interest in steam locomotives. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. All little boys love steam locomotives, no matter how old we are...you're welcome


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