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Taking off II by Helendan Taking off II by Helendan
L-2344, the official supermodel among the Russian steam engines, is ready to depart having carried the passengers to the end of its scenic route.

March 11 Update:
To learn that this picture was featured as Daily Deviation was astounding and hard to believe. I thank everyone for this unexpected attention. Some comments I received were especially heart-warming.
I believe that the subject of featured deviations reflect the community's interest and I am glad the subject of my own interest was added to this.
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Given 2013-03-10
~Helendan times this capture very well. Taking off II is a brilliant shot of an interesting steam engine, especially with the contrast of colours. The amount of captured steam greatly plays on the atmosphere of this piece, and the framing is superb as well. ( Featured by 3wyl )
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Cool
I love trains
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Congrats on being the featured DD, and you chose a wonderful subject at that!
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you. I'm proud that this subject made it!
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helios-spada Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Comrades!
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SouthernArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!
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busterkeatonrules Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Great shot! Even in broad daylight, the engine looks dark and mysterious as it emerges from a massive cloud of its own smoke!

Do they still use steam trains commercially in Russia, or is it a historic line operated by a railway museum or a group of enthusiasts?
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you for your question, it is exactly what elr79655 said.
Steam engines are not used commercially anymore and have not been produced since 1960th. Diesel or electric (on shorter distances) engines are used for freight and passenger transit. However, we have our number of railway museums and some steam engines in working condition are preserved.

There are groups of enthusiasts that hire the operating steam locomotives for tourism and educational purposes, complementing them with themed carriages. As a result, we have a semblance of historic railway lines, the main differences are that the retro locomotives pull their carriages along the modern lines and these runs are irregular.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Russian Railways, the state-owned carrier, uses diesels like most countries for its freight and passenger services. There are, however, railway museums and some preserved steam locomotives.
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you for your input, it is very appreciated.
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Neye Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! :heart:
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ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
:huggle:
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Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
OMG! A DD that doesn't involve sexuality, and actually features a train?!? There is a God!
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Best. Compliment. Ever.
Thank you.
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Shadow20X6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
your welcome! In fact, I was thinking of posting a series of deviations as a contest, "Is this picture from Deviant are with over 2,000 views? or a picture from a porno?"

Cause seriously, there is alot of that stuff on here.

So to see an engine in steam as a DD is pretty freaking awesome!
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ircriket Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I love you for this.
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Fantastic shot, though I see they took the original hammer and sickle off the red star and haven't replaced it with anything interesting.
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you. And good news they didn't, I'd hate to see this beast becoming another political statement.
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Good point! I find early/mid Soviet art & design very appealing, but the style is tied to a lot of hatred, persecution, and violence... how sad that great art and engineering has been so abused by tyrants (sorry for the digression, lol).
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Indeed. It's hard to put the Soviet era in black or white world, especially when you witness the undeniable intelligence, power and durability of these creations. And the attitude. I think the modern day us could borrow some belief that world could be changed by building and creating instead of protesting and destroying. And the literature that could create deep and compelling personalities and introduce a conflict without sexual exploiting. I don't even know what is more tragic - that all these examples were created under regime that left us mentally devastated or that they were buried together with this regime. :blahblah:
(No prob, haha!)
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Precisely! Also, such blahs are always welcome in my book. ;)
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QueenieNirvana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous!
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flankerus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
наша техника)
Поздавляю с DD! :D
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
У нас поездатые поезда! Спасибо.
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Sonic-Freak42 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
ALL ABOARD THE COMMUNIST EXPRESS! We do supply the red solo (community, i mean, because in communism/socialism there's no such things as solo) cups.
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Provided that steam engineering reached its climax in Soviet Russia, communist express is not a bad thing!
Also, all your red solo cups are belong to us.
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vualka Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Атмосферно
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Cool looking old steamer. :D
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Naiko-Morei Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks exactly like a train i had in one of my dreams :O
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JulchensSonnenblume Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww.. I want to ride that!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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ArtBoy62 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I have a romantic thing about steam engines... I'll write a story set in one I think, I have the time now I'm retired.
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Eurekathebrave Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
At first sight I thought this is a picture. Very well done! :dummy:
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WalkingRen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
It is a picture =P But yeah it's amazing :la:
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Eurekathebrave Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Oh... I wanted to say I thought it is painting :faint: whatever... :blush:
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WalkingRen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
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Helendan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Hehehehehe.
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WalkingRen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
=P
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nyura-vanko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on the DD :) :hug:
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful photograph! I hadn't known trains this interesting existed!
Grats on the DD; it's completely well-deserved! :squee: :heart:
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