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The McConway & Torley Commission Gallery
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This series of paintings was commissioned by McConway & Torley, LLC, the world’s leading producer of railroad couplers, based in Pittsburgh. The company dates back to 1869 and is the only facility that still pours hot metal within Steel City limits.

The original commission was for ten paintings, but an eleventh was added to the installation in the final stages of the project. Three extra paintings were produced as the project unfolded: “Loading Scrap into the Arc Furnace for the Third Heat,” “Couplers on a Train,” and “The Melter.” The latter proved to be the most popular painting in the series, with five versions painted and hung in diffferent venues including a company executive office. The second replaced by the original version of “Couplers on a Train.” which is included here as the final painting on this page.

This series depicts the most critical, and in some cases the most dramatic, phases of production of railroad couplers.

Reproductions of the paintings are available.



Doug Checks

Gauging Yokes


Jeff Welds

Dave Grinding

Loading Cores




The Installation

Loading Scrap

The Melter

On a Train
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