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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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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


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1,275 Members
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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

I will be setting new year's day as the deadline for entries!

It's been nearly 7 months since our group lost one of it's administrators. Refer to the-railfan-nation.deviantart.… for the details of course.

I am proceeding forward with the contest idea. This will involve the permanent feature on the TRFN memorial wall. Just like we did for labrat-78. I have two entries already from the past few months that do meet these qualifications but we need more of a field.

1. I am the only member of this group disqualified from competing, as I will be the host. Other staff-members and all regular members can participate.
2. All mediums of art are acceptable.
3. All deviations must be railroad related and must conform to TRFN standards.
4. Larry was a peaceful person, so I have been advised that the contest should be themed that way.
5. It is a good idea to look at the-railblazer's gallery to get inspired.
6. Voting will be done via personal note to me, everybody's vote will be counted as one. In the past there have been incidents on other groups where the dA polling was spiked on the dA subscriber poll. Sometimes by trolls, or someone trying to boost their numbers via alternate accounts. There is no way for me to catch that type of cheating when it occurs as I can't get the proper evidence and dA polls are so limited in features I feel this is much more fair until dA fixes this issue.

Some prizes are pending, but one prize that is for certain is the permanent feature on the TRFN page.

Stay tuned guys!

Joseph W. Johns
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Brit31 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your request :)
railroadbrony4412 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for letting me join! Thoughts and prayers go to Traci's friends and family.
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.
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