Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Group Info Group Founded 12 Years ago Statistics 1,293 Members
97,505 Pageviews1,191 Watchers

Fallen members

Official Members

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 AnkaAI3 KCS 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)

Gallery Folders

The New Hampton and Branchville RR by JamesT4
colour my world by JDAWG9806
Nahant Power Resting by JamesT4
NS 6920 towards Colehour Yard by JamesT4
Norfolk Southern 9844 by LDLAWRENCE
Pennsylvania E8 by CharukuNova
Brightly Lit Machine by pupshackle
Rail Lines and Curves by Metal-Bender
Railfan Portraits
kkStB 310.23 in Steam [4] by The-Orient-Express
On The Footplate by Party9999999
Me with NKP 8100 by NedthehedgehogGTW
2016-093 Robert, enroute by pearwood
The Railfan Nation Rule Book And Submission
Track Only
Around the Bend by Rienet-Halun
Railway track in forest by TFuruhashii
Into the Light by Rienet-Halun
Streetcar Undergrowth by tilianus
Railfan Rides
Dacia and EA by TheFarcasPaul
EN57AL-1543 and Fiat 125p by Alexej555
The Clown Car. by Railphotos
Inside BMT D Type Triplex 6095 A by Brooklyn47
Railroad Idiocy
UP FP 0140 11-01-16 by eyepilot13
Playing a Dangerous Game by 2001-ACsiren
5 Seconds from Death by 2001-ACsiren
close call by JDAWG9806
Railfan Gear
Horn collection update  by 288jh
1411's Number-Plate Replica 50% Complete by Engine97
trusted tripod by siddonsm
Sunrise Special by pupshackle
Shok by jpachl
Abandoned sleeping car by jpachl
Graffiti BoxCar 0046 3-6-17 by eyepilot13
End of the Lines by FabulaPhoto
Railroad Structures
Thameslink Twins by Kerl-of-Fox-County
Worcester Union Station 1 by uglygosling
My favourite spot for watching trains by MacTavishSAS
2017-199 Dismantling the old trestle by pearwood
Hobby Shop
Leaving the city III by jpachl
tram in the winter forest by aloner777
EU07-1510 by DaskalT54-351


KCS 4119 at Siloam Springs by labrat-78 KCS 4119 at Siloam Springs :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 14 2 KCS 2829 at Gentry by labrat-78 KCS 2829 at Gentry :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 9 0 KCS 4609 at Sulphur Springs AR by labrat-78 KCS 4609 at Sulphur Springs AR :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 19 5 KCS 2846 at Pittsburg KS by labrat-78 KCS 2846 at Pittsburg KS :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 15 5 KCS 4624 by labrat-78 KCS 4624 :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 19 9 KCS 4616 at Watts by labrat-78 KCS 4616 at Watts :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 17 6 KCS 4026 at Gentry by labrat-78 KCS 4026 at Gentry :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 10 2 KCS 4598 at Flint Creek by labrat-78 KCS 4598 at Flint Creek :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 8 0 BNSF 6044 at Westville OK by labrat-78 BNSF 6044 at Westville OK :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 7 0 UP 5974 at Noel Cab Shot by labrat-78 UP 5974 at Noel Cab Shot :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 19 4 Bullet Train Girl by alohalilo Bullet Train Girl :iconalohalilo:alohalilo 625 73 Weekend Before a Strike by labrat-78 Weekend Before a Strike :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 1 0 White Was Not a Good Color by labrat-78 White Was Not a Good Color :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 3 2 KCS 677 in 1982 by labrat-78 KCS 677 in 1982 :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 13 5 Coal Train at Dalby Missouri by labrat-78 Coal Train at Dalby Missouri :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 4 3 Work Train at Dalby Missouri by labrat-78 Work Train at Dalby Missouri :iconlabrat-78:labrat-78 8 14



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 12 Years ago
Feb 20, 2006


Group Focus
Common Interest

1,293 Members
1,191 Watchers
97,505 Pageviews
Daily Pageviews


This is my last blog here as a TRFN admin, if I return in the future is unknown. DeviantART and me have been steadily splitting over the past years. It will not be a complete severance from this group or dA though as I will still post deviations to this group and my page.

It's bittersweet considering I'm one of the original deviantART railfans, leaving a project I helped grow. Over the past few years the energy to manage such a group has left me. I cannot seem to complete projects that always meant a lot to me and this group. That combined with real life issues. This group was one of my first real test of my leadership skills, I just like a lot of you have matured even-more over time and became a better person from experiences here and a better photographer. Before I joined deviantART back in 2004, if you had told me I would be a professional photographer and bachelor degree holder by now, I would have never believed any of you. Well it has happened.

DeviantART has helped start me off from day 1, but now it is looking like it may soon be time to move on and focus on other operations. I've seen my fair share of good and hostile reactions here on this group. I've been praised, insulted, impersonated and many more. Dealt with early wars among chatrooms during the hay-day of this group. This time last year we moaned the loss of Larry Campbell, whose memorial wall will be finished soon. We endured as a group and should continue to! The memorial wall was one of my projects, that will live on under the remaining administration, and hopefully will not require updating for a long time. Unfortunately, life changes mean I can not sufficiently  fill this roll anymore.

It's amazing how a lot of people who started out as railfans all over later became employees of the railroad.

More Journal Entries

The Railfan Nation Donation Page

So you want to donate to the nation? Well look no further than the Railfan-Nation Donation page! Click the link below and donate now!


Add a Comment:
BoogywoogumsYT Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Student General Artist
May i join the railfan nation?
TrainGuy226 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
I need to know if anyone else is a t1 fan! Reading's finest in my option. 
Tigrar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Has anyone elles got problems submitting to TRFN featured?

I know it's normally a once-a-day submission.... right now I get the notification that it's a once-a-year submission.....
wolvesone Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
and i have just checked the settings and they are indeed still set to 1 per day so once again DA is fucked up
Tigrar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, thanks for checking. Then I guess I'll just have to wait.
Add a Comment: