When I moved to Austin for college in 1998, I got my first new computer. I was a studio art major and with newly found access to the university's cable internet, I began a 20 year hobby of creating endless folders of art and design inspiration. The very first folder I ever created was called "Train Stuff." I still have it, transferred and updated over multiple computers.

I've found trains awe-inspiring as long as I can remember. Growing up, my grandparents lived across the street from the train tracks. My brother and I would hear the far-away whistle and run out into the front yard to see the huge Southern Pacific train in all of it's black and red glory speed by. As a 10-year-old, it was a sight to behold. Something about seeing that bold logo on something so big, so powerful, and so loud has always stuck out. So I suppose it wasn't surprising that trains were the first thing on my mind when I started searching the internet for inspiration. Being able to find blogs and photo galleries of all the big trains around America unlocked a whole new world for me. Below are some of my favorites.



  • Akron, Canton and Youngstown

    Akron, Ohio

  • Alton

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Amtrak

    Union Station, Washington, D.C.

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe: El Capitan

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe: Super Chief

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe: Texas Chief

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe: The Chief

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay

    Panama City, Florida

  • Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay

    Panama City, Florida

  • Atlanta and West Point

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Atlantic Coast Line

    Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Baltimore and Ohio

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • Baltimore and Ohio

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • Bangor and Aroostook

    Bangor, Maine

  • Bessemer and Lake Erie

    Homewood, Illinois

  • Boston and Maine

    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Burlington Northern

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Canadian National

    Montreal, Quebec

  • Canadian National

    Montreal, Quebec

  • Canadian Northern

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Canadian Pacific

    Calgary, Alberta

  • Central of Georgia

    Savannah, Georgia

  • Central Vermont

    Saint Albans, Vermont

  • Charleston and Western Carolina

    Port Royal, South Carolina

  • Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago and Eastern Illinois

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago Great Western

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago and North Western

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton

    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Denver & Rio Grande Western

    Denver, Colorado

  • Denver & Rio Grande Western

    Denver, Colorado

  • Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range

    Proctor, Minnesota

  • Erie

    New York, New York

  • Florence and Cripple Creek

    Florence, Colorado

  • Florida East Coast

    Jacksonville, Florida

  • Fort Worth and Denver

    Fort Worth, Texas

  • Grand Trunk

    Montreal, Quebec

  • Great Northern

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Gulf, Mobile and Northern

    Mobile, Alabama

  • Gulf, Mobile and Ohio

    Mobile, Alabama

  • Houston and Texas Central

    Houston, Texas

  • Illinois Central Gulf

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Illinois Terminal Company

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • International-Great Northern

    Houston, Texas

  • Kansas City Southern

    Kansas City, Missouri

  • Kansas City Southern

    Kansas City, Missouri

  • Lake Erie and Western

    Kokomo, Indiana

  • Lake Shore and Michigan Southern

    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Lehigh and Hudson River

    Warwick, New York

  • Lehigh Valley

    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

  • Litchfield and Madison

    Litchfield, Illinois

  • Los Angeles and Salt Lake

    Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Louisiana and Arkansas

    Shreveport, Louisiana

  • Louisville and Nashville

    Louisville, Kentucky

  • Maine Central

    Portland, Maine

  • Missouri-Kansas-Texas

    Dallas, Texas

  • Missouri Pacific

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Missouri Pacific

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Missouri Pacific: Colorado Eagle Line

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Mobile and Ohio

    Mobile, Alabama

  • Monon

    Chicago, Illinois

  • Montour

    Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

  • Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis

    Nashville, Tennessee

  • Nevada Northern Railway

    Ely, Nevada

  • New Orleans Great Northern

    New Orleans, Louisiana

  • New York Central

    New York, New York

  • New York, Chicago and St. Louis (Nickel Plate Road)

    Cleveland, Ohio

  • New York, New Haven and Hartford

    New Haven, Connecticut

  • New York, Ontario and Western

    New York, New York

  • Norfolk and Western

    Roanoke, Virginia

  • Norfolk and Western: Arrow Line

    Roanoke, Virginia

  • Northern Pacific

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Pacific Electric

    Los Angeles, California

  • Pacific Electric

    Los Angeles, California

  • Penn Central

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania: The General

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore

    Camden, New Jersey

  • Peoria and Eastern

    Urbana, Illinois

  • Pere Marquette

    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Pittsburgh and Lake Erie

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Quanah, Acme and Pacific

    Quanah, Texas

  • Reading

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Reading: Crusader Line

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Rutland

    Rutland, Vermont

  • Sacramento Northern

    Marysville, California

  • St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco)

    Springfield, Missouri

  • St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt)

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • San Diego and Arizona

    San Diego, California

  • Seaboard Air Line

    Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Seaboard Coast Line

    Jacksonville, Florida

  • Seaboard System

    Jacksonville, Florida

  • Soo Line

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Southern Pacific

    San Francisco, California

  • Spokane, Portland and Seattle

    Portland, Oregon

  • Texas and Pacific

    Marshall, Texas

  • Union Pacific

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Union Pacific: Forty Niner

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Union Pacific: Pony Express

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Union Pacific: Streamliner

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Wabash

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Wabash

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • Western Pacific

    Oakland, California