Welcome to Trains & Railroads of the Past’s Photo Line, a monthly gallery of creative railroad photography! Photo Line welcomes your submissions. We’re looking for a themed topic with six to ten unique images. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. Please send your inquiries to the Webmaster for consideration.
January 31, 2018
For all of Penn Central’s woes, it still was a very interesting railroad to photograph and experience. You had a good chance of catching interesting motive power and the many of the signals, towers and other goodies from the golden era of railroading.
December 5, 2017
Financier James J. Hill became known as the “Empire Builder” for expanding the Great Northern into a transcontinental mainline connecting the Great Lakes with Seattle and British Columbia. With the arrival of the diesel era, the Great Northern owned and experimented with locomotives from nearly every builder, right up to the Burlington Northern merger in 1970.
July 13, 2017
Prior to its 1964 merger with Norfolk & Western, the Nickel Plate Road had an unusual roster of diesels including EMD, Alco, and Fairbanks-Morse. Despite their “basic black” carbodies, NKP operated a rather interesting diesel fleet with lots of character.
February 1, 2017
Spanning a 40-year period from 1948 to 1984, legendary photographer Robert P. Olmsted visited engine terminals and roundhouses from Ohio to Nebraska, including brief visits to Canada and Mexico.
January 17, 2017
In an era when railfans donned suit and tie to chase trains, carried their trusty Brownie and Speed Graphic cameras, and counted their exposures more carefully than their lunch money, a young Stan Rhine ponied up 20 bucks and joined the fun with the Rocky Mountain Club.
December 12, 2016
Follow along on a trackside journey around the busy Chicago rail hub during the summer of 1974 featuring the photography of Carl Graves.
October 12, 2016
The Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West series continues with Volume 3: Crestline to Chicago 1960-1999. Featuring the stunning color photography of Steve Hipes and David Oroszi, this new hardcover book covers the eras spanning from the Pennsylvania Railroad through Penn Central to Conrail. Enjoy this sample from the pages of this colorful look back at a bygone era.
July 5, 2016
In the 1970s, Bicentennial fever was everywhere, as people were proud to show their love of this country. The railroads, however, took it to another level, with special paint schemes rolling on trains from coast to coast.