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20 Railway Photos to Inspire Wanderlust

From dreamy old locomotives to shiny new ones, these photos by Our Canada readers will make you want to book a train ticket immediately!

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Old photograph of trainPhoto: Paul Barber

Red hues

Paul Barber caught this gorgeous shot of a locomotive on the Royal Hudson Canadian Tour in Trenton, Ont. Its red hues and grain give it a lovely vintage feel.

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Battle river trainPhoto: Sharon Peters

Trestle bridge

The Battle River Railway Trestle near Wainwright, Alta., is intricate and beautifully built. The lines in Sharon Peters’ photo guide the eye to appreciate the railway’s brilliant architecture.

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autumn trainPhoto: Russ Hayes

Autumn train

The colours of autumn look so lush in this photograph of a dinner train in Mont Orford, Q.C.

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train at sunset in LloydminsterPhoto: Jackie Gartner

Waiting at sunset

Jackie Gartner put her photography skills to the test in Lloydminster, Alberta! Stunning!

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scenic railwayPhoto: Sandra Harvey

Scenic train ride

Sandra Harvey captured this sunny day on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway perfectly!

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Banff trainPhoto: Donna Barker

Speeding through

On a trip to Banff National Park, Donna Barker stopped for the view and got the added benefit of the train coming through for this breathtaking hot.

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Norrish CreekPhoto: Alexandra Fontaine


The perspective and contrasts in Alexandra Fontaine’s photo of graffitied rails over Norrish Creek in Mission, B.C. are striking.

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VIA rail trainPhoto: Linda Sweeney

Heavy shower

Linda Sweeney captured this charming shot of a Via Rail train coming into Newcastle.

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1920's trainPhoto: Paula Brown

Vintage vibes

“Constructed around 1927, this caboose was last used on CN’s Montreal-Belleville run in 1976,” writes Paula Brown. “It has been modified and painted to reflect the CNR caboose style of the 1920s. It’s on display at the Cumberland Heritage Museum in Cumberland, Ont.”

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back of black trainPhoto: Helena Bruder

Low angle

Helena Bruder’s shot of the back of a train is simply captivating.

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graffiti train carPhoto: Alan Cheng

Graffiti rail

Alan Cheng found an abandoned rail car serving as the canvas for artists in Scarborough, Ont.

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snowy train in cobourgPhoto: Ann Lane


A blustery day at the train station in Cobourg, Ont. made for a cinematic photograph by Ann Lane.

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black and white train tracksPhoto: Deb Sandau

Black and white

“While crossing the tracks leading into Gull Lake, Alta., I had to stop and get this picture last winter,” writes Deb Sandau.

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CN train in winterPhoto: Edith Beerda

Winter morning

The contrast of the red train against the white wintery morning of Smithers, B. C. is striking. Edith Beerda did a great job with this one!

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Deer on tracksPhoto: Rena Nixon

Deer on the tracks

“Not a train in site this afternoon when we were out for a drive in Rothesay, N.B.,” writes Rena Nixon. But they did meet this adorable little guy!

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alaska trainPhoto: Fred Allin

Looking for Alaska

Fred Allin took this train from Anchorage to Fairbanks while on a trip to Alaska. Its cool tones contrast with the yellow magnificently.

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old green trainPhoto: Lynn Mabley


Lynn Mabley saw this CN 6060 steam locomotive from the 1940s in Hinton in 2001. “It was impressive to see this old engine still running,” she writes.

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snowy train yardPhoto: George Vanderberg

Snowy yards

George Vanderberg snapped this shot at the Marshalling yards in Kipp, Alta. The switches on the track offer choices for which rail the cars will travel down, giving the photograph a charming sense of poetry along with its symmetry.

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train banditsPhoto: Joyce Stolte

Train robbery

Joyce Stolte took this endearing photo of an Alberta Prairie Railway train getting “robbed” by bandits.

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water towerPhoto: Robbie Gorr

Water tower

“Canada’s only 360 degree mural can be found in Pembroke, Ont. located on the water tower from the old Canadian Pacific Railway train station,” writes Robbie Gorr. “It shows a steam train arriving in Pembroke, painted all around the old tower by artist John Ellenburger.”

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