Railroad Art & Illustration

James Mann Art Farm… railroad art… a collection of watercolor paintings… locomotives, trains & railroad giclee prints for sale.
“Spencer Series” are illustrations developed from pencil drawings & research on site: “Streamliners at Spencer” event: May 2014.
“Bella Terra Series” are illustrations created for the “Rail U.S.A. Museums & Trips” map series: East, Central & West editions.

RDG FP7 Push-Pull Sellersville

Watercolor… Reading Railroad GM EMD FP7’s, 902 and 903, in a push-pull configuration, northbound on a late afternoon run from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, on the bridge across the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek entering Sellersville, Pennsylvania. I commuted between Quakertown and Philadelphia from 1976 until passenger service was completely eliminated on this line, July… Read more »

RDG ALCO’s Rockhill Quarry

Watercolor… Reading Railroad ALCO RS3’s through the Rockhill Quarry. In my early teens… Maynard & I routinely hiked the Reading Railroad’s (RDG) Bethlehem Branch north, to reach the upper rim, overlooking the granite quarry in East Rockhill Township. There were many enticing clusters of massive rock formation and small caves up there, well worth our… Read more »

RDG Freight Crane

Watercolor… the Philadelphia & Reading/ Reading Railroad (RDG) stationary freight crane located at the southern end of the remaining, 2 track, rail siding at Quakertown Train Station. The tapered, cylindrical mast is 11 feet tall. There appears to be a capped roller bearing at the top, with two stout, vertical rods fastened to that cap… Read more »

RDG Freight Station

Watercolor… the Reading Railroad (RDG) Freight Station in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, circa 1970… view looking to the south. The Quakertown Train Station located a few hundred feet to the north, was constructed in 1902 by the Reading Company, using local Rockhill granite and Indiana limestone and this freight depot was built at or about the same… Read more »

Mt. Alto Coal Yard Perkasie

Watercolor… the Borough of Perkasie owes it’s birth and early existence to the construction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad line between Philadelphia and Bethlehem. In 1879 the Reading Railroad (RDG) acquired the branch and continued operations until the CONRAIL (CR) consolidations of 1976. The Mt. Alto Coal, Lumber and Feed Yard was started by Abram… Read more »

Reading Northern Jim Thorpe

Watercolor… the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (RBMN) acquired ex-Gulf, Mobile and Northern (GMN), a 1928 Baldwin, 4-6-2 Pacific Class, steam locomotive in 1983. GMN retired the locomotive in 1950 and she moved around through an assortment of scenic, tourist lines before finding her current home in Port Clinton. RBMN #425 received its distinctive… Read more »

Reading Northern Port Clinton

Watercolor… the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN), created in 1983 as the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad, is heir to the fallen flags of several northeast Pennsylvania heritage anthracite railroads. Acquiring and running on right-of-ways & former CONRAIL (CR) branches of the Reading (RDG), Lehigh Valley (LV) and Central New Jersey (CNJ) railroads,… Read more »

Reading Northern Glen Onoko

Watercolor… Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway & Reading Northern At Glen Onoko. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway (LGSR) runs north from the old Jersey Central Station (CNJ) in Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk), Pennsylvania through Glen Onoko, Lehigh Gorge State Park and into Old Penn Haven. The LGSR excursion season, inaugurated in 1985… begins on Memorial Day… Read more »

CNJ at Bethlehem Yard

Watercolor… Central New Jersey ALCO RS-3 #1554. The Jersey Central began operations in 1836 as the Elizabethtown & Somerville… and merged with the Somerville & Easton in 1849 to become the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey (CNJ). By 1852 the line reached Phillipsburg, NJ picking up anthracite coal trains from the Lehigh Valley Railroad… Read more »

CNJ at Jim Thorpe

Watercolor… The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)… aka: Jersey Central… aka: Jersey Central Lines… began life in 1831 as the Elizabethtown & Somerville Railroad before becoming the CNJ in 1849. Central New Jersey expanded into Northeastern Pennsylvania on trackage built for it by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company and after that, the CNJ… Read more »

Pennsylvania Northeastern

Watercolor… One Day at the Lansdale Rail Yard. In 1986, following the breakup of CONRAIL, the railroad’s assets were largely distributed between Chessie Seaboard Transportation (CSXT) and Norfolk Southern (NS), which continued shedding numerous smaller and less profitable routes, which were then purchased and/or operated over by startup, shortline railroads. Among their additional route miles,… Read more »

Lehigh & New England: 601

Watercolor… this 65 ton, center cab, 65DE19a Road Switcher was built by the Whitcomb Locomotive Company, of Rochelle, Illinois… a subsidiary of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, in 1944, on contract for the United States Army Transportation Corps as USATC #8452. A pair of 283 horsepower supercharged Buda diesel engines, 2 Westinghouse electric generators and 4… Read more »

Lehigh & New England: 611

Watercolor… ALCO S2 #611 at Alpha Cement, Martins Creek, Pennsylvania. The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) built 1,500 of the 1,000hp, model S2 diesel electric switch engine between the years 1940 and 1950 and just shy of 800 of the very similar model S4 switcher between 1949 and 1957. The Lehigh & New England (LNE) had… Read more »

CSX at Folkston Funnel

Watercolor… it’s a parade of trains… past a grand viewing platform.June 2017 road trip… I made my way into Folkston, Georgia for a day of train spotting. It was a day of intermittent drizzle & rain, but that didn’t dampen the action. As they say… “rain, snow, sleet or hail…” First up was CSX #9969,… Read more »

CSX on Philadelphia Highline

Watercolor… CSX #7631, a GE C40-8 locomotive… leads #5412, a GE ES44DC… at the head of a train of container cars on the West Philadelphia Elevated Branch – High Line. The West Philadelphia High Line was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (completed in 1904) to bypass their 30th Street Passenger Station and all of the… Read more »

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Watercolor… Chattanooga Tennessee . Tennessee Valley Railroad #610 is a Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation 2-8-0 consolidation, originally built for the U.S. Army in 1952. Ownership was transferred to the National Railway Historical Society in 1978 and this steam engine currently pulls excursions on former East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia roadbed for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga,… Read more »

Ironton Railroad at Coplay

Watercolor… the Ironton Railroad (IRR), formed in 1861, was a shortline, working the iron mines of Ironton, Siegersville and Orefield, then expanding to serve the cement plants around Catasauqua and Coplay, Pennsylvania… adding a Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVR) interchange at Coplay. The Ironton eventually rostered two Baldwin DS-4-4-1000’s (built 1948-1951)… #750 and #751. Each with… Read more »

Heart of Georgia at Plains

Watercolor… EMD GP40 #1540. The Heart of Georgia Railroad (HOG) was formed in 1999 to operate over former Chessie Seaboard Xpress (CSXT) ex- Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) ex- Savannah, Americus & Montgomery (SAM) ex- Americus, Preston & Lumpkin trackage. Beginning in 2000, the HOG acquired additional, regional short line routes, increasing its coverage to… Read more »

OSHX-1 Boxcar at San Jose

Watercolor… Orchard Supply Hardware Boxcar OSHX-1, is a variation on a 1937, 12 panel, 40 foot, AAR (Association of American Railroads) Class X, Standard-Design steel boxcar, with its distinctive “Dreadnaught” 1-4-4, car ends. A former Southern Pacific (SP) boxcar… the manufacturer is unknown at this time. This boxcar was purchased from the “EsPee” by Orchard… Read more »

B&O F7A: 722 Harpers Ferry

Watercolor… quite a few bridges have been built across the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers at Harpers Ferry over the years. Their histories and tenure influenced by “Mother Nature” and the Civil War. A covered bridge was erected in 1837 and the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad’s first was built in 1839. An… Read more »