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Happy New Year! The holidays may be over, but now is a good time to deck the walls! To order Tom Rock’s train art prints of the images below and others, please visit the catalog link on his website at www.rockontrains.com for details.

“Steam’s Final Hour”

“Joint Effort”


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25th Anniversary of Joint Effort, L&N Depot print

This October, Tom Rock will be releasing a 25th Anniversary Edition print of his 1988 painting of the Etowah L&N depot, Joint Effort. This print measures 24″x33″ and will be limited to 25 signed and numbered copies. The following small color image shows what the anniversary print will look like when it is released:

JointEffort25thPrint

Also included will be a 20-minute DVD documentary that was filmed on November 27, 1988, during the festivities at the depot surrounding the official signing of this print. Anyone interested in ordering one or more of these prints can request information by clicking here or calling 423.472.9600 for more details.


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Joint Effort

This blog entry offers a behind-the-scenes look at “Joint Effort,” my 1988 painting of the Louisville & Nashville depot at Etowah, Tennessee.  It’s April 1944 — as the local fireman tops off her tank in preparation for the daily switching chores, First No. 53 South struggles to lift her tonnage, bound for Atlanta, past the L&N depot in Etowah.

L&N Railway Depot - Etowah, TN (Credit: Tom Rock)

L&N Railway Depot – Etowah, TN (Credit: Tom Rock)

JOINT EFFORT at 45 hours of development

“Joint Effort” at 45 hrs Development

JOINT EFFORT at 70 hours of development

“Joint Effort” at 70 hrs Development

JOINT EFFORT at 144 hours of development

“Joint Effort” at 144 hrs Development

JOINT EFFORT at 180 hours of development

“Joint Effort” at 180 hrs Development

JOINT EFFORT at 252 hours of development

“Joint Effort” at 252 hrs Development

JOINT EFFORT Complete at 400 hours of development

“Joint Effort” Complete at 400 hrs Development

Etowah Depot History

In 1906 the Louisville & Nashville Railroad opened a depot and shop facility in a sleepy little town in southeast Tennessee called Etowah (Cherokee for “Muddy Waters”). When the construction was complete, the complex included a turntable, roundhouse, engine and car repair shops; passenger and freight depots, power plant and fourteen freight and five repair tracks. This was going to make Etowah the L&N Railroad’s division point between Corbin, Kentucky, and Atlanta, Georgia, on the new route to connect Chicago with Cincinnati, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

The depot was the key building in the railroad complex, and became the center of the business district. It housed the administrative as well as the passenger station for the community, and because of its architectural excellence was proclaimed the finest station between Knoxville and Atlanta.

In 1974, after 68 years of operation, the L&N closed the station, but by 1981, with the help of local civic groups and grants, the building was restored to its original grandeur and reopened, this time to let the public view what a grand part of Americana she once was. It currently houses the Etowah Chamber of Commerce and Cultural Arts Commission as well as a museum.


Take this opportunity to own a Limited Edition proof or decorator print of Tom Rock’s classic railroad painting, “Joint Effort.”  Click here to view/purchase this print at Rock on Trains.


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