Original oil on canvas painted by Chicago area railroad artist C L Smith. Features inbound California Zephyr powered by a set of A-B-A Burlington E-5's flying down the center passenger racetrack through Highlands Station east of downtown Hinsdale. It's a warm autumn afternoon and the train is on time for it's 1:30 PM arrival at Chicago's Union Station 16 miles east. Signed C L Smith '85.
C.L. Smith was raised in a railway family with close ties to coal and iron mining. Smith witnessed America's heavy industries at work with the Southern railway lines well traveled while he attended a military college in the south. Working with oil on linen, his paintings are detailed, yet convey the drama of light and motion. He has won many awards and has exhibited across the U.S. His paintings have covered and appeared in magazines, and one was the dust jacket for the book "One Man's Locomotives". Smith is an American Society of Railway Artists Founding Member.
This painting was purchased new in '85 by the current owner, a resident of Downers Grove IL. I remember watching the Burlington Zephyrs race through downtown heading both west to their destinations and east to Chicago's Union Station. I happened to meet C L Smith at a local artists show around the corner from Downers Grove's Burlington station and I bought this painting as an investment.
This oil painting is an original and there is only one.
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