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.

CONRAIL at Perkasie Tunnel

Watercolor… CONRAIL (CR) was formed in 1976 from a collection of suddenly vanquished railroads. In its first years of operation, the power on CONRAIL trains was assembled from whatever merger locomotives it had acquired, that were available for any given job. Although many rail-fans, lamented the demise of their distinctively painted, favorite railroad, it was… Read more »

CONRAIL GP30: 2233

Watercolor… a quick watercolor sketch… this low nose Electro Motive Division GP30, was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1963. It remained active through the Penn Central (PC) merger in 1968 and in 1976, became a part of the CONRAIL (CR) consolidation… continuing to work in revenue service until 1984. It then moved to… Read more »

MCH CF-7: 2627

Watercolor…  Ran When Parked. … I first came upon this CF7 in January of 2017. She was sitting quietly and looking quite forlorn, off to the side of the Colebrookdale Railroad’s (CRR) main running track in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. #2627 started life in 1946, as shiny, streamlined, Santa Fe EMD F3 cab unit, 21L… in classic… Read more »


Watercolor… Western Sugar… this Electro Motive Division (EMD) MP15AC… is a 12-cylinder, 1,500 horsepower, supercharged, 2 stroke diesel-electric Yard Switcher, built in 1976… an ex-Union Pacific (UP/UPY #1412), ex-Soo Line Railroad (SOO #1512), ex-Milwaukee Road (MILW #446), locomotive… currently working since 2018, as S & S Shortline Leasing (SSRX) #1412 on Western Sugar Cooperative rail… Read more »

BNSF EMD GP38-2: 2028

Watercolor… alongside the South Beltline Highway… alongside the Union Pacific (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) shared, double main; carrying unit coal trains through Scottsbluff, Nebraska… alongside four holding tracks lined with hopper cars… BNSF #2028 drills a few boxcars on the turnout into the Southwest Hide Company siding. BNSF #2028 is a General… Read more »

Santa Fe EMD F7: 347C 347B

Watercolor… Santa Fe streamliners pulling passenger trains with names like “Super Chief”, “El Capitan” or “El Tovar”, became the popular image of American rail travel through the 1940’s and 50’s. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF 39C) #347C… an A cab unit built in 1949… and #347B (ATSF 35A)… a B unit, are the only… Read more »

Santa Fe EMD F7A: 312

Watercolor… this particular illustration of Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF), F7 #312, gliding effortlessly through a wide open expanse of the American Southwest, is a painting of the Märklin LGB, G guage, A-B-A, era III, express passenger, large scaled model train set. The General Motors (GM), Electro Motive Division (EMD) series F7, diesel electric… Read more »

East Penn Railroad: 7554

Watercolor… Dillingersville Tunnel… Locomotive #7554 is a former CONRAIL (CR) GP9 to 10 upgrade, owned by the East Penn Railroad (EPRY) (ESPN) and operating on the Perkiomen Shortline, previously owned and operated by the Reading Railroad (RDG) between Phoenixville, now truncated at Pennsburg, and the current Norfolk and Southern (NS) interlocking at Emmaus. The Dillingersville… Read more »

East Penn Railroad: 3153

Watercolor… First snow. East Penn Railroad (ESPN) #3153 (former CONRAIL #1933) is a 2,250 hp General Electric B23-7, diesel electric locomotive built in 1978, operating between Quakertown and interchanging with Pennsylvania Northeastern (PN) at Telford, on partial trackage of the former Reading Railroad (RDG), Bethlehem – Lansdale – Philadelphia branch line. Illustrated at the Quakertown… Read more »

Canadian National MLW FPA4

Watercolor… a run by… May 31, 2014… at the North Carolina Transportation Museum “Streamliners at Spencer” event. This FPA-4, was built for the Canadian National Railway (CN), by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1959. It is a design variant based on the ALCO FPA-2, fitted with the 1,800 HP, V-12, ALCO 251 prime mover. CN… Read more »

GM EMD FT: 103 at Spencer

Watercolor… from drawing on site, the morning of May 29, 2014, at the “Streamliners at Spencer” event held over four days in the end of May, at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. This GM EMD FT #103 Streamlined Cab (A) Unit… and it’s B Unit mate… is one pair of the first two demonstrator sets… Read more »

Milwaukee Road Class: EP-2

Watercolor… Five of these Class EP-2 type Bipolar electric locomotives were built for the Milwaukee Road by General Electric Rail in 1919, eventually running under 650 miles of catenary track. Bipolar refers to the innovative and substantially improved mechanics of the day, of mounting two field pole, electric traction motors directly and gearlessly between the… Read more »

Burlington EMD E5: 9911-A

Watercolor… Nine of these polished, stainless steel clad, Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC-EMD) E5 diesel electric, cab unit, locomotives and three B units, powered by twin 12 cylinder, 567 cubic inch, supercharged engines, each developing 2,000 hp, were produced in 1940 and 1941 to pull the Burlington Route’s stainless steel Zephyr series of passenger trains. A total… Read more »

Nebraska Zephyr Silver Pilot

Watercolor… Nine of these polished, stainless steel clad, Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC-EMD) E5 diesel electric, cab unit, locomotives and three B units, powered by twin 12 cylinder, 567 cubic inch, supercharged engines, each developing 2,000 hp, were produced in 1940 and 1941 to pull the Burlington Route’s stainless steel Zephyr series of passenger trains. A total… Read more »

GM EMD Aerotrain LWT12: 2

Watercolor… Three Harley Earl designed LWT12 diesel locomotives were built and two entered passenger service, pulling matching coach trains in 1956. They were quite streamlined in appearance, but ultimately proved to be inefficient in service. The trains’ innovative air cushion suspension failed at high speed and the locomotives proved to be difficult to maintain. Both… Read more »

Pennsylvania EMD E8: 5711

Watercolor… Pennsylvania Railroad PRR #5711 at Spencer Yard. PRR #5711 and PRR #5809 are a pair of EMD E8’s that have been lovingly restored at the Juniata Terminal Facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Bennett Levin and continue to run excursions throughout the northeast. The pair pulled a line of classic Pennsylvania passenger coaches to the… Read more »

Pennsylvania GG-1: 4935

Watercolor… The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) with General Electric (GE), built 139 of these articulated, 4-6-6-4, electric locomotives from 1934 to 1943in their Altoona, PA shops. The unique GG1 shell design was originally penned by Donald Roscoe Dohner and subsequently refined and streamlined by Raymond Loewy. GG1’s were used in both passenger and freight service. In… Read more »

Nashville Union Station

Watercolor… The circus arrives at Nashville Union Station … The Union Station and Train Shed in Nashville, Tennessee, were constructed in the 1890s by the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad. The station was designed by L&N engineer Richard Montfort and modeled after H.H. Richardson’s design for the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Nashville… Read more »

Colebrookdale GP9: 7580

Watercolor… operating between Pottstown and Boyertown, Pennsylvania, the Colebrookdale Railroad (CRR) began to offer public rail excursions in October of 2014. I got my ride in December. This right-of-way was built by the original Colebrookdale Railroad in 1865 and completed in 1869 to service the many iron forges in the area. The Reading Railroad (RDG)… Read more »

Colebrookdale GP10: 7236

Watercolor… In January of 2016, the Colebrookdale Railroad (CRR) acquired former LOCX (Mobile Locomotive Services, Inc.) #2944, former Juniata Terminal Company, former Conrail, former Pennsylvania Railroad EMD GP10. Now painted in a deep blue and black color scheme and renumbered as locomotive #7236. Illustrated… south out of Boyertown, Colebrookdale #7236 pulling ex Canadian National Parlour… Read more »