17 Totally Terrific Train Photos

For Labor Day, we asked you to photograph trains in honor of the railroad strikers who earned us the holiday. Lucky for us, you all went to work.

Winner: Lone Soldier


Taken with a Canon SX50 in Georgetown, Colorado.

- Abby Matousek


Here is my photo for the Labor day photo contest taken Sunday Aug 31st 2014.Its sunset on the former CNW main line with the sun going down behind the the classic coaling tower in DeKalb IL

- Mark Lianuza



This image was taken in Northeast Minneapolis with a Nikon D800 and a 50mm 1.8 lens. It is meant to show wanderlust and a sense of longing for something unknown.

- Brittany Laeger



- Scott Dudley

Union Pacific


This shot was taken at an intersection by my in-laws house on the Union Pacific's Main Line in Gilbert, AZ; about 35 miles SE of Phoenix, AZ. The racks cross through the center of the intersection at a diagonal which gives it a unique perspective. I love trains, I didn't really even plan this shot, as you can see I was in my car stopped at the light when it can through and I just snapped snapped a few pics. I think this is the best of the set. This shot was taken using an iPhone 4S with just the stock photo app.

- Greg Page

Griffith Park Travel Town Museum


Took this photo here in Los Angeles at the Griffith Park Travel Town Museum. Went with a monochrome look for it and interestingly enough I have no idea who the person is in the background or how they got in my picture.

- Carlos Andrés Torres Osorio

Rail View


- Carlos Mejia

Sugar Pike Railway


The attached photo was taken on a whim while visiting my sister-in-law living near Yosemite. She recommended that I take a look at this quaint little tourist stop along the way which turns out to be the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pike Railway. These trains were used in the logging period between 1899 and 1931 to carry logs off the mountain down to the valley where they could be milled and shipped worldwide.

Taken with a Canon 6D, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 zoom @ 27mm, ISO 200, 1/30 second. Exposure adjusted in Lightroom 5.6.


- Tony Huk

Union Station


This was taken at the Los Angeles Union Station. This room has been used in many movies including THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BLADE RUNNER and many more. The train in the shot was taken outside behind this building. This room is currently not being used and serves more as a museum. They say that the room may be put into operation someday. Enjoy the fantasy shot!

- Jim Hale

Davidson Canyon


Shot with Galaxy S4, auto settings, Saturday morning at Davidson Canyon, east of Tucson, AZ. Dual tracks-upper and lower. Boy those wheels squeal on those curves.

- Steve Wolfhope



Some friends and I knew of a bridge that passes over a fairly busy train line in Atlanta. We hung out on the bridge today (9/31) and snapped some shots- It was harder than I thought to grab a decent shot! There was a fence blocking access to the tracks and we weren't going to push our luck.. So we settled and did the best we could with the angle provided. I ended up cropping out a parking lot in post and bringing out the clouds (without looking too HDR-ish) since it made for a more interesting shot.

Equipment: Canon 70D, Sigma 17-50 f2.8 zoom. Settings: 17mm at f/13, 1/800 sec. Post in Lightroom, including a pretty significant crop.


- Todd Johnson

UP 5937


UP 5937 leads a late morning stack train across the Meramec River on the Union Pacific's Jefferson City Sub near St. Louis, Missouri. This is the first of two river crossings in this two-mile section of the line. August 31, 2014. Nikon D50, 18-105mm lens, f/9 for 1/200 sec., ISO 200.

- Nathan Eckhard

Plate and Spikes


To look for a train, I went down to the tracks in the nearby downtown area. Unfortunately, no trains went by. My son was exploring, and he found this plate and spikes. There was some recent maintenance to the tracks, which means there was a large pile of railroad ties and parts lying around.

Canon T3; 50 mm 1.8 lens; f/13; 1/50 sec.

- Chris Sears

Rails In Sepia


I moved from NYC to SoCal almost 2 weeks ago so trains are nothing new to me. While running errands down by the beach sunday morning I brought my camera along and snapped this picture along with a few others I was fond of. Its a totally different direction than I would normally have gone... which shows you how different cities are and influence you.

Shot with my Canon T4i with a 28-135mm. Iso 100. F/5.6

- Gretchen Hargrove



This Photo was taken Saturday overlooking the empty tracks of the red/purple LAMTA surrounding Union Station in Los Angeles. I rode the Metro Gold Line to Union then walked to one of the many bridges crossing the LA river, and the aforementioned tracks. Camera used was a Leica M8, Voigtlander classic Nokton 40mm.

- William MacCallum



Imagine asking your 2 year old to stop playing with his toys long enough to take some pictures.

Yep that's what happened. End result, I had about .2 seconds to nab this shot before it was his turn to play with Thomas.


End result a bit dark and whatnot, but not a horrible shot.

Some post processing in Photoshop to convert to black and white and to darken the edges.


- Jen Wolff

Merchants Bridge


This photo was taken Friday, August 29, 2014. It shows a BNSF double header crossing the Merchants Bridge (3 miles north of the St. Louis Arch),over the Mississippi, from Missouri to Illinois at dusk. Taken with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EF 70-200 1:4 Zoom lens. Exposure was 1/30 sec at f.4, 91mm, ISO 500 at 7:39 pm., 8-29-14. I used a monopod to steady the rig in the low light. That was all the equipment I had on me because I was on my bicycle on the bike trails that run by there.

- John Locus

Everything about this post reminds me that train geeks really are the best kind of geek. Find the big shots on flickr.


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