“Ol’ 119”, is a stained glass rendition of the Union Pacific Railroad engine No. 119, the steam locomotive that made history as one of the two locomotives to meet at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869 for the Golden Spike ceremony, commemorating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. A replica of the original train was constructed in 1980 and is currently used for ceremonial operation.
In this panel, the train appears to be in a “sporty” race with a vintage 1930’s Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster. The panel is 25” x 31” and consists of over 300 pieces of richly colored opalescent glass with a rectangular beveled border and the locomotive contains 3 dimensional brass fittings. This panel is an original design and uses the copper foil technique. The people and highlights in the scene were painted on using Vitrea 160 oven bake able glass paint.
The panel was created for the 2015 North Carolina SilverArts division competition that is part of the NC Senior Games that were held in Raleigh and it was awarded first place.