Looking Back: “Waiting on 33”

Today’s blog entry offers a behind-the-scenes look at my 1993 painting of the Louisville & Nashville depot at Englewood, Tennessee. The title of this painting is “Waiting on 33.” In this nostalgic scene, L1 Class No. 417 is coming off of a redboard on its way to Atlanta as J3 Class No. 1510 looks on.

“Waiting on 33” Painting Reference Photo

“Waiting on 33” Preliminary Layout by Tom Rock

“Waiting on 33” at 36 hrs development

“Waiting on 33” at 68 hrs development

“Waiting on 33” at 108 hrs development

“Waiting on 33” at 168 hrs development

“Waiting on 33” at 216 hrs development

“Waiting on 33” Complete at 250 hrs development

Englewood Depot History

Take this opportunity to own a Limited Edition print of Tom Rock’s classic railroad painting, “Waiting on 33.”  To purchase a print, please follow this link to my website: T.D.R. Productions.


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Louisville & Nashville Railway Steam Feature for July 2022

Featured Louisville & Nashville Railway steam subjects this month include various locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee:

All photos courtesy of Ron’s Rec Room and American-Rails.com.


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Depot Doings: Bridgeport, AL / Blue Ridge, GA / Chatsworth, GA / Murphy, NC / Decherd, TN / Tullahoma, TN

Featured L&N Railway depots this month include various locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee:

All photos courtesy of Tom Rock.


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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Steam Feature for August 2020

LN-logoFeatured Louisville & Nashville Railroad steam subjects this month include locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Illinois:

Images courtesy of Mr. Ron Kohlin.


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Depot Doings: Oliver Springs, TN / Bryson City, NC / Decherd, TN / Chatsworth, GA

Featured Southern Railway depots this month are Oliver Springs, Tennessee (1980), and Bryson City, North Carolina (1978). The Oliver Springs and Bryson City depots have been restored. The Oliver Springs depot houses the Oliver Springs Historical Society, and the Bryson City depot houses the Great Smoky Mountain Railway excursions.

Featured Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railway depots are Decherd, Tennessee (1978), and Chatsworth, Georgia (1980). The Decherd depot has been removed from service, and the Chatsworth depot was relocated and restored in 1990. It currently houses a museum of railroad and talc industry memorabilia.

Southern Railway Depot: Oliver Springs, TN – 1980 (Credit: Tom Rock)

Southern Railway Depot: Bryson City, NC – 1978 (Credit: Tom Rock)

L&N Railway Depot: Decherd, TN – 1978 (Credit: Tom Rock)

L&N Railway Depot: Chatsworth, GA – 1980 (Credit: Tom Rock)


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