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Gallery of our Locomotive for the Utah Department of Transportation
This locomotive was custom built from metal and is on display at the 
Tie Fork Rest Area located at mile marker 202 on Highway 6 in Utah.
Wheel under construction
Main frame under construction
Main frame under construction
Main frame under construction
Main frame under construction
Light under construction
Danny and Gary displaying the grill of the train
Another view of the grill
The wheels of the locomotive attached to the frame
Danny, David, & Bowdy Blanton on the now framed in locomotive
Danny welding on the some sheeting
Danny welding on the train
Train construction complete - Front View
Jacob, Bowdy, David, & Cliff in front of the newly constructed train
The bell of the train
Steam dome construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete
Construction complete - Front of the train
Construction complete - Rear of the train
Construction complete - Bell
Construction complete - Whistle
Danny and Gary standing on the completed train structure before painting
Cab of the train painted black
Steam dome painted red and silver
Light painted red
Locomotive primed with black
Leaf spring painted black
Red and black marker
Black ladder
Bell polished and painted
Locomotive completed and ready for transportation
Locomotive complete and loaded on a trailer
Coal tender complete and loaded on a trailer
A view of the locomotive being towed
Locomotive being placed at Tie Fork with a crane
Locomotive being placed at Tie Fork with a crane
Locomotive being placed at Tie Fork with a crane
Locomotive placed on track at its new home in Tie Fork
Locomotive after being placed at Tie Fork with little Danni Blanton
Front view of the completed locomotive
Side view of the completed locomotive
Patricia, Danny, & Danni Blanton in the cab of the locomotive
Danny and Gary out side the cab of the locomotive
Sand Dome, Bell, &Steam Dome of the completed locomotive
Front view of the completed locomotive
Completed locomotive at the Tie Fork Rest Area
View from the side of the completed locomotive with Jacob, Bowdy, Danny, Gary, & David
Completed locomotive at its new home at the Tie Fork Rest Area
Growing up in Carbon County was the inspiration behind the subject matter I try to capture in my artwork. Coal mining was the heart of our industry and the railroads were the arteries to transport the coal to many destinations. My grandfather was an immigrant coal miner who worked at the Winter Quarters Mine and was later killed in a railroad accident. Per capita, no other place I know of was more active in coal mining and railroading than Carbon County . These industries have been the inspiration behind most of my artistic creations. I have always had a deep fascination in the steam engine locomotives of the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Prior to starting Original Creations in 1980, I created quite a number of metal murals depicting old locomotive scenes. I created wall hangings and some mantle pieces. I have accumulated quite a few books on the history of railroads. I always wanted to create a large version of an old coal burning locomotive, but could never justify or afford the time to do so. Then UDOT came along and made it possible.