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Traci A. Dunham, AKA labrat-78 (1960-2009)

Traci was a rare breed and a good influence in our community. She was one of what is still a small number of female railroad workers. She helped dissolve the common gender bias theory that working on the railroad is strictly a man's job. She worked as a Conductor for the Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad. When not at work, she was a railfan. Always positive and always willing to educate fellow railfans with advice and knowledge about railroad operations. When Traci lost her battle with cancer, our community lost one of its most outgoing and diverse members. While she may no longer be here, her influence on The-Railfan-Nation will last forever.

Tribute Art by AnkaAI3KCS 4678 for Traci Dunham by AnkaAI3
As an appropriate tribute to Traci AnkaAI3 drew this GE Evolution series diesel locomotive that dons the KCS paint scheme, but instead of traditional KCS lettering, Traci's name is on the longhood. An appropriate tribute to an outstanding and sorely missed member of the community.

Larry Campbell, AKA the-railblazer (1978-2015)

TRFN deviation of the week (2/26/2012-3/3/2012)

:bulletred: Each winner is disqualified from being nominated for the following 52 weeks. This is to ensure that we get diversity in winners instead of the same winner.
:bulletred: The deviation of the week can't be a policy violation. Our staff works hard to ensure this never happens but there may be a rare occasion where one will slip past us so, in the unlikely event policy violation is ever spotted here you are encouraged to report it to group admins via group note. We wanna clean representation and obviously if a stolen piece that wasn't detected makes it into the poll that does taint things.

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Group Info

This is a club by railfans for railfans. We welcome members from all over the world and from all different branches of the artistic community here on DA.

Our Mission Statement:
1. Serve as a liaison between the railroad/railfan community and the rest of DeviantArt
2. Promote the artists within the railfan community on DeviantArt, and showcase the best of their rail-related art. This includes photography, traditonal art, vector art, model railroading, ect.
3. Provide the community with a place to learn techniques, methods, styles, and ideas from other rail deviants.
Founded 10 Years ago
Feb 20, 2006


Group Focus
Common Interest

1,273 Members
1,184 Watchers
81,467 Pageviews
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#Darailyard: our room for railfans, the discussions in here are about anything and everything having to do with trains. Sometimes we talk about our real lives, too... if we have real lives. ;) No actually we talk about real life a lot, its just part of being a community. :D
Now some of you might have noticed that after the passing of Larry aka. the-railblazer this group went through some radical changes. Normally we do not like fast and radical changes, but truth is before Larry died our staff was already undermanned and we were not able to respond. As a group leader I've learned sometimes radical changes are necessary.

We've endured some growing pains along the way this month due to radical change. First of all, I'd like to thank all our new staffers, they busted on the scene, when we needed them most. A lot of them were put right into the position regretfully without a lot of advice and started off a little rough around the edges, but have become very effective. They have improved a good bit.

I'd also like to thank the patience of our members in holding on and dealing with this. I can understand the temptation for members to get mad because some of the effects of this radical change, but I am very glad to say that there were no major arguments, and pretty much every issue I know of was resolved. It seems like everybody has displayed a very good understanding of this situation and that is something to be praised.

I'm very happy with how the group responded to this change.

Updates to our staff include:

shenanigan87 to Co-founder.

Since joining the staff shenanigan87, has proven to be an important cog in the TRFN machine. With that it was only appropriate that we promote him to full administrator to help compensate for these radical changes.

New staffers:

Wessonnative Longtime dA railfan, and one of the first to contact us when we announced Larry's passing.

DefectiveDefects One of the newer railfans of the bunch earning notice.

DragonWolfACe Longtime dA railfan, I'm pretty sure everybody has faved or commented something in his gallery.

JamesT4 Another deviantART veteran and personal friend of Larry's, who came in to help us.

miniwyo Not only a railfan but a pretty wicket wildlife photographer to.

SwissTrain Veteran group administrator on dA who opened our affiliate Train-World 5 years ago.


robertbeardwell From day one when we started the official group, it was Robert who drove to make this group appeal to more than just American railfans. Given the majority of users on deviantART here are American the diversity of this group is impressive. I'd like to thank Robert for his work for the group. It appears he has moved on from dA, but his push for diversity is noted and will continue.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Greeting all. will an admin please explain why my picture of Old Rivets was declined when I see far worse pictures here? I want an explanation please

Old Rivets 4800 by CharukuNova
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
I have responded to your request in a reply to your Deviation Submission.  
CharukuNova Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ok thank and i'm sorry.
DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

I'm trying to figure out what folder I should submit photos of actual trains? I saw folders for railroad structures, tracks, graffitied trains, rail portraits, etc, but I haven't been able to find one for the trains themselves. I have a number of narrow gauge steam engine, a vintage diesel engine, a caboose and passenger cars in my gallery but they are not covered in graffiti as they are still in use.
wolvesone Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
actual trains would fall under the trfn featured folder
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