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Updated:   04 Jul 2017; 12:45  ET
[Page first posted 04 Jul 2017

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Alexander Karnes
Limner Extraordinaire
(and Steam Engineer)



Alexander Karnes Page

Posted by S. Berliner, III


PAGE INDEX:

    (partially linked - please scroll down)

  RR Pix.
  Some other RR studies.
  Zeppelin Studies.
  Machinery Studies.
  Videos.


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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
Daydreams

ALEXANDER KARNES
Limner Extraordinaire!
(and Steam Engine Engineer)

I first met Alex Karnes at some model railroad show (Springfield?) ca. 2005 but, truthfully, I can't remember any such.  He turned up again by telephone shortly after my wife and I moved from Long Island to the Boston 'burbs in 2010, inviting me to visit Boston's fantastic Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, the Chestnut Hill High-Service Pumping Station in (logically enough) Chestnut Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.

Alex and I share a fascination with machinery and, in this case, heavy steam power.  Somehow, what with one thing and another, I never did get over there until this year (2017) and, even then, missed meeting Alex.  Finally, after all this time, we bit the bullet and found a common time and actually met.  What an outpouring of pent-up mutuality!  While I indulge my penchant for machinery in miniature, Alex works on giant steam engines* and fires steam locomotives*.

* - For those poor unforntunates not in the know, an engine uses some form of energy to do work; a locomotive uses coal or oil to turn its wheels and pull trains and a steam locomotive boils water to form steam, which pushes pistons or turbine blades
The frontispiece above is given such prominent place because it reminds me of a similar piece Alex sketched while we were motoring along .  As we chattered while I drove, I realized he was effortlessly sketching a complex design which, at a stop light, I saw was a massive crankshaft.  That was when it hit me that Alex has the same gift for visualization and illustration that characterizes Leonardo da Vinci's work!

Let us then see some of his drawings -

RR PIX:

This is how a steam locomotive restoration should be done:

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(Images by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnails for full images]

and this:

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)

but this is definitely NOT:

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[click on thumbnail for full image]

Might this last represent Canadian Pacific Railway's version of a square peg in a round hole (or a really bad night for Alex)?

Some other RR studies:

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(Images by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnails for full images]

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(Images by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
{Hauntingly beautiful! - SB,III}

Zeppelin Studies:

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(Images by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnails for full images]

Machinery Studies:

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(Images by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
[click on right thumbnail for full image]
Daydreams*

[* - that last, known as a "Showman's Engine", drove me to make up a variation for
a "Can you find the difference?" picture, below.
Also, for a real 1866 road locomotive, see the Dudgeon,
now in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.]

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)

This last is reminiscent of the engines at Boston's Waterworks Museum and the one at the Philipsburg, NJ, Peoples Water Company Pump House, at which latter Alex is deeply involved in restoration of the steam pumping plant.

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(Image by and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved)
{don't ask - SB,III}

Videos:   {Alex's to follow}

Andrew Ledenev and his Digital Light Studio team's 'Steam Speed'".  Stan Mott characterizes Ledenev's opus as "a brilliant professional video about racing steam engines"; the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4RIBmM2ZF0.  Stan should know; see his own "Les 24 Heures de Choo-Choo" [the 24 Hours of Choo-Choo (as in Le Mans)], which inspired Ledenev.

Some of the greatest automotive cartoons ever created appear on this site on Stan Mott's pages.  One of his creations now has a life of its own as the famed and redoubtable micro-minicar, the CYCLOPS; made of used Cinzano signs, it is covered in great detail on it own pages, starting here.

Another true zany, who did wonderful things with cars was Ronald Searle, he of the wild curlicues, but he lampooned/lambasted all sorts of things, especially railroads.


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(Image after and courtesy of and © 2017 A. Karnes - all rights reserved
as "doctored" at the right by S. Berliner, III - )

[click on thumbnails for full images]
Daydreams (left) and as as altered (right) - can you find all the differences?

Clues - to follow (IF I can remember/find them).


Please visit the Boston Waterworks and Phillipsburg Waterworks pages.

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