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.

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 »

NW J-Class: 611 at Taubman

Watercolor… Saturday, May 30, 2015… the N&W 4-8-4, J Class #611 makes a stop under steam, on track behind the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia on her return from a complete rebuild at the old Norfolk And Western (NW), Spencer Shops at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. A fitting juxtaposition in my mind…. Read more »

NW J-Class: 611 at Spencer

Watercolor…May 30, 2014 from my pencil sketch, drawing on site, at the “Streamliners at Spencer” event held at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Built at the Norfolk And Western’s (NW) Roanoke Shops in 1950… the J Class #611, the twelfth of fourteen to enter service, is the only survivor of the type. This 109 foot… Read more »

NW J-Class: 611 at Roanoke

Watercolor… J class 4-8-4 locomotives were designed and built by the Norfolk and Western Railway’s East End Shops in Roanoke, Virginia between 1941 and 1950. The last three, numbers 611 through 613, were streamlined. Look at this machine… it’s a 109 foot long bullet. These engines were designed specifically for high speed passenger service and… Read more »

Southern Railroad GP30: 620

Watercolor… The Electro-Motive Division of General Motors built just shy of a thousand of these 2,250 horsepower, diesel-electric locomotives between 1961 and 1963. Constructed over the previous GP20 frame, the new GP30 was fabricated with a higher body to enclose the addition of an upgraded turbocharger, central air intakes, electrical cabinet and dynamic brakes… all… 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 »

Union Pacific Cheyenne Depot

Watercolor… The Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming, built 1887 and designed by the architectural firm of Van Brunt & Howe, is currently home to the Wyoming Transportation Museum. Union Pacific #844 is an FEF-3 class, 4-8-4 steam locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1944 and is the oldest steam engine… Read more »

Union Pacific EMD E9: 949

Watercolor… The Union Pacific Railroad (UP) restored and maintains 3 EMD E9, streamlined, diesel electric locomotives…. numbers 949, 951 and 963B. These three locomotives, originally built in 1955 with twin V12 engines developing 2,400 horsepower, are the survivors of the Union Pacific Railroad’s final, full roster of sixty nine E9 units. #949, #951 and #963B… Read more »

Union Pacific Chimney Rock

Watercolor… in November of 2016, a road trip took me along Route 92 toward Scottsbluff, which more or less flanks National Historic Site, Chimney Rock in the Western Panhandle of Nebraska. As I traveled, I passed or was passed by several long Union Pacific trains… Powder River Basin coal loads heading southeast and empties northwest…… Read more »

Union Pacific Nogales Crossing

Watercolor… January 2018 road trip… I sought out the border crossing between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, to observe the procedure in person. I was treated to a southbound coal train led by Union Pacific (UP) #7256, a GE AC44CW with UP #8716, an EMD SD70ACe on point and a pair of EMD SD70ACe locomotives,… Read more »

Union Pacific Yuma Arizona

Watercolor… the 336 foot long, Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge was completed in 1915, following the Old Spanish Trail Highway, connecting between Yuma, Arizona and California and was the first highway bridge to span the Colorado River… and in reality… connecting highways from New York and Florida on the east coast with San Diego and San Francisco… Read more »

Union Pacific Bailey Yard

Watercolor… Bumble Bees at Bailey Yard… The Union Pacific, Bailey Classification Yard in North Platte, Nebraska is 8 miles long, covering 2,850 acres and holds the distinction of being the largest in the world. 14,000 rail cars are sorted and formed into trains every 24 hours. In addition to all of this activity… over 8,500… Read more »

Bridges at Blue Island Crossing

Watercolor… There are five bridges over the Calumet Sag Channel at Blue Island, Illinois… four of which are very busy with the CSX Railroad, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB), Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) and Canadian National (CN) all maintaining very active trackage. Several of the tracks cross each other before they all cross the busy… Read more »

Lehigh Valley Transit

Watercolor… “The Hub of Allentown”… 8th & Hamilton Streets. The Allentown and Bethlehem Rapid Transit Company was founded in 1891 to replace earlier, horse drawn trolley service in Allentown. Competition between several budding, short line, light rail companies, culminated in 1893 with the creation and dominance of the Allentown and Lehigh Valley Traction Company… becoming… Read more »

St. Charles Streetcar: 962

Watercolor… Into the Garden District. NOLA… and St. Charles Streetcar #962. Joyce & I rode these streetcars on our 2011 road trip… hopped off to visit the Lafayette Cemetery… and then crossed the street to the Commander’s Palace for an incredible meal. The New Orleans Rail Transit Authority (RTA) operates three streetcar lines in New Orleans…… Read more »

Liberty Bell Series 1000 Trolley

Watercolor… this 1000 Series Trolley was built by the Cincinnati Car Company in the 1930’s and served on the Cincinnati and Lake Erie railroad system, before the purchase of 43 of this type by the Lehigh Valley Transit Company in 1938. These Liberty Bell Trolleys remained in service until the LVTC ceased operations on September… Read more »

Liberty Bell Series 800 Trolley

Pen & Ink… illustrated near Zion Hill, headed toward Brick Tavern… the Lehigh Valley Traction Company’s Series 800 cars were purchased from the Jewett Car Company of Newark, Ohio, in 1912. They often ran as tandems of two or three cars and were the latest in interurban trolley design at the time. Liberty Bell trolley… Read more »

Liberty Bell Series 1000 Trolley

Pen & Ink… the 1000 Series Trolley was built by the Cincinnati Car Company in the 1930’s and served on the Cincinnati and Lake Erie railroad system,before the purchase of 43 of this type by the Lehigh Valley Transit Company in 1938. These Liberty Bell Trolleys remained in service until the LVTCceased operations on September… Read more »

Quakertown Trolley Barn

Pen & Ink… illustrating the Quakertown Traction Company (QTC), East Broad Street Powerhouse & Trolley Barn, built 1897. This short line rail system ran down the center of Broad Street terminating westbound at Main Street. A bridge crossing over the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad right-of-way, between N. 3rd Street and Belmont Avenue, connected the East… Read more »

Inland Traction Company

Pen & Ink… the Inland Traction Company was chartered in 1898 in Soudertown, Pennsylvania… to establish trolley service between Perkasie and Lansdale. The Inland was supported by the Lehigh Valley Traction Company as a direct competitor to the fledgling Quakertown Traction Company. After the Quakertown Traction Company folded, the Inland was then fully absorbed by… Read more »