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Feb 24, 2013, 10:06:10 AM
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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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~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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