Father’s Day 2020

As I drew a steam locomotive for a recent post, for a moment I was transported back in time. When I was a boy, we were forever doing ‘projects’ for school. Not just homework, but projects—like a diorama, or a big graph with colored paper, or a diary with specimens Scotch-taped onto the pages. One particular week I had to do a project about steam locomotives. My dad is a train enthusiast—and a good drawer, so after dinner we sat at the dining room table and he drew me a diagram of how a steam locomotive works. I can see him now, explaining how the coal in the firebox heats the water in the boiler, the steam fills the cylinder which pushes the piston which turns the wheels…

I’m lucky to have a dad who took the time to explain things like that. It’s my great regret that I don’t have kids, so I draw these steam engine diagrams for you guys. Enjoy! Have a blessed Father’s Day.

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