Great Trains 2023 Wall Calendar

The golden age of railroading is captured in this year’s Great Trains Calendar. Renowned trains and locomotives from the large B&O’s 2-8-8-4 EM-1, UP’s ex-C&O H-7 2-8-8-2, UP’s 4-8-4 and 4-12-2, and the PRR 4-4-4-4 T1a. Streamlined steam with the Milwaukee F-7 4-6-4 on the Olympian Hiawatha and the UP 7002 4-8-2 on the 49er are depicted, as well as small steam from the diminutive narrow gauge RGS 2-8-0 and EBT 2-8-2 to the ND&C 4-4-0. The famous PRR GG-1 is also shown pulling the Manhattan Limited, as well as NYC’s famous 4-6-4 on the point of the 20th Century Limited; they are painted and historically documented by artist Gil Bennett.

This 2023 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and trains featured in this edition include:
• Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 4907, built in 1940, hustles the Manhattan Limited, through Trenton, N.J.
• Baltimore & Ohio EM-1 7621 (2-8-8-4 Yellowstone) takes a time freight up the 2.2% Sand Patch grade at Mance, Pennsylvania
• Rio Grande Southern’s 21, a 2-8-0, has made up her train, taken water and now eases up to the station at Telluride, Colorado
• Union Pacific 9512, a 4-12-2, pulls away after taking on coal and water from the fueling facilities at Orchard, Idaho
• Spokane, Portland & Seattle’s last steam locomotive, 911, hustles a loaded 120 car train along the Columbia River at a steady 60 mph as it heads toward Portland
• Newburg, Duchess & Connecticut Railroad number 7, a slim 4-4-0, has two deluxe passenger cars as it passes the Briercliffe Farms station stop in 1890
• The slow moving 3581, an ex-Chesapeake & Ohio H-7, holds the siding for the second section of train 4, the Union Pacific Transcon, pulled by fast moving 4-8-4 number 837
• On a cool August morning, UP 7002, a 4-8-2 streamlined for the train, hustles up the 1.14% grade at Gateway, Utah with the transcontinental “Forty Niner”
• East Broad Top railroad #16 moves an empty mixed train up the 2% grade as it rumbles through Cooke, PA during a warm autumn morning
• Leading the fleet of five other sections of New York Central’s “20th Century Limited,” is J1e 5344, a 4-6-4 built to run at speeds over 100 mph
• Pennsylvania 5547, a Baldwin Locomotive Works 4-4-4-4 duplex locomotive, has a heavy mail train in tow at Spruce Creek, PA
• Milwaukee Road’s Olympian Hiawatha speeds through Morton’s Grove Illinois at over 100 m.p.h. as it heads to its 1:45 p.m. arrival in Chicago

Published by Tide-mark Press © 2022


About Gil Bennett

Gilbert Bennett has been painting professionally since 1984. An avid rail fan from the age of 2, Gil has a lifelong love for the subjects he paints—trains. Gil’s grandfather was a freight agent for the Chicago & North Western Railroad and traveled extensively by train, at times with Gil’s father in tow. Hearing about the rail travel their father took, a fascination for trains was kindled in Gil and his brother. At the age of 4, Gil was taking pencil to paper, drawing what he liked most. His talent for drawing grew over the years, but it was channeled more toward architecture, and his drawings of trains took a back seat to his studies. It was not until 1983 that, on a whim, Gil took an oil painting class at the University of Utah. Of course, the first thing he attempted to paint was a train. From that time, Gil started painting trains to pay for his college tuition. In 1987, Gil also picked up watercolors and has painted in both watercolors and oils ever since.

After graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelor of fine arts degree, Gil put school on hold before going back to get his master’s degree in architecture. It was during this time that he was commissioned to do 30 paintings for a company in Minneapolis, mostly of railroad subjects. Since then, Gil has been painting steadily and has developed a long list of clients. While at times Gil has painted wildlife, landscapes, Western art, and portraits, he prefers to paint trains. His paintings have graced book and magazine covers, articles, calendars, and Christmas cards. In 1999, Railway Reflections, a history of railroads in Utah illustrated by Gil’s paintings, was published. Currently, Gil lives with his wife and four sons in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is the most prolific railroad artist working today, sought out by private collectors as well as national corporations.

© 2022 Tide-mark Press

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 14 × .25 in