(Video link) Terence Cuneo (1907-1996) was a British artist known for his paintings of railroads. In this 1960 video we see him at work sketching a train engine from astride a railroad track, while a vigilant assistant keeps an eye out for oncoming trains.
"Apart from being a top-flight artist," the announcer says, "Cuneo is also a practical man, which is a distinct asset when he wants to get an engine into the position he wants." Cuneo then climbs aboard the engine and drives it down the track.
The clip ends with Cuneo showing his finished canvas to the railroad men themselves and inviting their criticism.