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Chasing the Daylight

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Limited Edition Paper Lithograph
Image Size: 33-1/2" w x 16-3/8"h
Edition Size: 850 signed and consecutively numbered
William S. Phillips is well known for capturing the speed and exhilaration of aircraft in flight. He now transfers that skill to another popular conveyance--the train--without leaving aviation behind. Chasing the Daylight portrays the best of both worlds with Phillips' unique sense of romance and excitement.
Phillips explains his choice for his first Greenwich Workshop train/plane print: "My interest in the Daylight was sparked when my parents took me down to the Sepulveda Boulevard crossing in Los Angeles to watch the Daylight roar by, arriving from San Francisco. It was a magnificent sight, with a full head of steam up and the late afternoon sun glinting off its sparkling surface."
The Southern Pacific's GS-4 4-8-4, number 4449, is the only Daylight type locomotive still operating. It was restored in 1976 and used to pull the Bicentennial Freedom Train. In 1984 it was repainted in the familiar Southern Pacific color scheme--orange, red, black, white, and silver--which is how Phillips best remembers it.

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