I have to say hello to all. I'm a former trainman, conductor, and engineman starting in 1969 with the Chicago and North Western Railway out of Chicago, Illinois, moving to The Milwaukee Road, and finally the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, leaving railway service in 1999 moving to fine art.
I've been watching many Youtube clips of Japanese Railways and I've become totally awestruck by the entire culture of Japan's railways, their crew personnel, the equipment (N 500 now a favorite,) and most important the methods of operation.
I now do a lot of illustration work and poster paintings for The Midwest High Speed Rail Association in Chicago and believe high speed rail as shown to us in Japan is indeed the way of the future.
Attached is a picture of yours truly operating South Shore Line train 116 westbound, January of 1993, and the second is an original poster painting of mine.
As today is my 66th birthday, and I have limited time left in my career (nothing is wrong with me except age) it is my intention driven by my interest in Japan Railways to create some original paintings based on this. So I'd like to reach out to you all as in producing this work I have to be totally accurate in what I'm portraying, and personally I want a good, professional education on the subject.
Best regards to all,