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.”