There’s something romantic about train travel. As you sit and watch the world pass by, it offers a firsthand look at a landscape that’s both intimate and fleeting—truly a moving picture. Many routes take passengers (or cargo) through otherwise desolate lands with adventures along the snow-capped mountains, tall grasslands, and dense forests. Through stunning train photos, photographers pay homage to these journeys. Their awe-inspiring portraits capture the hard-working locomotives among grandiose settings.
Many photographers take an aerial approach to their work. They photograph the trains from a bird’s-eye view, often dwarfing them in the context of the larger landscape. Mantas Kristijonas Kuliešis took this idea a step further and used a drone to bring his image to life—as a result, the vessel looks as though it’s barreling directly at us.
The beautiful photos shown here will make you want to plan your next trip on a train. Travel maven Derek Low insists that doing so will show you things you wouldn’t see otherwise. In his now-famous $213 trip across the USA, he reflects:“If you want to see tourist America, rent a Cadillac, get on Route 66 and stop off at a few cutesy diners and motels. If you want to see the real America in all its spectacular, crazy, kooky glory, get on the train.”
In these picturesque train photos, human engineering and nature are combined.