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trolley painting of the day

Texas Transportation Company #1 switches the Pearl Brewery

An oil I painted in my last year of high school (1978, in case you’re wondering) of Texas Transportation Company #1 (a 60 ton Baldwin-Westinghouse steeplecab) switching the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, Texas. At the time this was one of a very small handful of electric railroads in the USA, but alas in 2001 Pearl’s corporate masters shut down the brewery and abandoned the railroad. This locomotive still exists (dumped in a storage facility somewhere in San Antonio, but not cut up, thank goodness) but everything else in this painting is long gone.