Lithographs of Locomotives, c. 1850s.

“The locomotive industry emerged in mid-nineteenth-century America with the development and rapid expansion of the railroad network. As the number of locomotive manufacturers increased, the industry became intensely competitive, and builders vied with one another to capture the attention of railroad companies, officials, and agents. The first locomotive builders’ prints were created in the late […]

Eerie and Fiery Eyed Trains at Rest.

Michael Knudsen, a photographer from Denmark, has captured what looks like the beginning of the robot rebellion. The stunning image shows three trains stationed side by side, their carriages appearing like the bodies of mechanical snakes. What’s more eerie, though, are their headlights glowing like red fiery eyes staring right at us! The photo, went […]

The Last Steam Locomotives.

Ice Train departure from Scranton, 2011. © Dennis A. Livesey Steam trains have had a lasting romantic appeal, especially for photographers. In the new book Smoke Over Steamtown, published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Dennis A. Livesey documents the steam trains and the people who run them at Steamtown National Historic Site, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a […]

Sydney’s Mortuary Station, end of the Line 1869-1938.

When ­Sydney’s cemetery reached capacity in the late 1860s, Mortuary Station was built to provide access to a new site. Image Credit: courtesy of the Australian Railway Heritage Society Funeral trains no longer steam through Sydney, but Mortuary Station remains a haunting reminder of times past. 19th century, mourners would congregate at Mortuary Station, in […]

Train Heads East through Bush in NSW.

This train is cutting a swathe through the bush as it heads east through the countryside of central west New South Wales, near Orange. Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor lllsteffenlll Source: Heading east – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Train running through Frozen Woods.

It’s a rare occurrence when the forest is wearing such enchanting colors, so I jumped at the opportunity and get there to eternalize that. The forest retained its beauty all day, because of the cold, -5 degrees Celsius. Only the narrow gauge broke the silence sometimes. See more great images via I Spent A Whole […]

The ‘Puffing Billy’, Dandenong Ranges.

Author and Photographer Jason Reed. The discovery of steam power just 200 years ago powered the Industrial Revolution but like all one-time technological breakthroughs, the world long ago shunted most steam trains onto the sidelines of history. Yet despite cleaner, more efficient and cheaper forms of transport having taken over, in a small corner of […]

A Fine Locomotive, 1928.

I’ve admired this image for quite some time, finding it in the Library of Congress’ collection of the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) color photographs. It is anonymous, unfortunately, but since there were really only 23 or so staff photographers for this gigantic undertaking (including Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Mary Post Wolcott, […]

Steaming over the flooded Yarram Creek.

Steam train journey Flooding under the train bridge following several torrential downpours at Yarram Creek, near Marcus Hill in Victoria. Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor Lachlan Manley Photography. Source: Steam train journey – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Riding the Rails at the Hollycoombe Steam Fair.

A steam train takes fairground visitors on a train ride at Hollycoombe steam fair in Liphook, England. Hollycoombe has opened its doors to the public again this year over the Easter weekend. It first opened in 1971 and includes a variety of Edwardian fairground rides all powered by steam. Image Credit: Photograph by #Chris J […]