The Rail Transportation ClipArt gallery offers 205 images of railroad transportation, showing full illustrations of trains and rail cars, as well as parts of trains and related images

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"In railway engineering, the running together of parallel tracks into the space occupied by one, by crossing the two inner rails so as to bring each side by side with the opposite outer rail." -Whitney, 1911

Gauntlet Track

"In railway engineering, the running together of parallel tracks into the space occupied by one, by…

A picture of a 650-kilowatt direct-connected generator. This compound-wound generator, also known as a dynamo, are almost entirely used for railways. A represents the frame, B represents the wheel that starts the generator, R and R' represent rings that are attached to the frame, and T and T' represent armature cables.

Direct-connected generator

A picture of a 650-kilowatt direct-connected generator. This compound-wound generator, also known as…

Westington six-pole street-railway generator. The smaller units are connected to the belt, which is typical when the floor space has no restriction. This belted model is not as efficient as the direct-connected model, but for jobs up to 300 horse power the difference can be overlooked.

Street Generator

Westington six-pole street-railway generator. The smaller units are connected to the belt, which is…

"View of Grafton, West Virginia, occupied by the Federal Troops, under the command of General McClellan, in 1861. This beautiful little town is situated on the banks of the Monongahela, and is the junction of the Norhwestern Virginia Railroad. It is ninety-six miles below Wheeling, one hundred and ninety from Pittsburg, and two hundred and seventy-nine miles from Baltimore. Its principal hotel was the Grafton House, owned by the railroad company, and conducted on very liberal principles. The town was occupied by the Federal troops in 1861, and was a position of considerable importance. The beauty of its situation can be readily seen from our sketch. It is one hundred and ninety-eight miles from Harper's Ferry, and two hundred and one from Cumberland." —Leslie, 1896

Grafton

"View of Grafton, West Virginia, occupied by the Federal Troops, under the command of General McClellan,…

Grand Central Depot showing elevated railroad in New York.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Depot showing elevated railroad in New York.

A shield over or behind a vehicle's wheel to prevent mud or water from splashing onto that vehicle or a following vehicle. Also called splashguard.

Mud Guard

A shield over or behind a vehicle's wheel to prevent mud or water from splashing onto that vehicle or…

Used in combination with the vehicle fender to protect vehicle passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians from mud and other flying debris thrown into the air by the rotating tire.

Mud Guard

Used in combination with the vehicle fender to protect vehicle passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians…

<p>A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every highway-rail grade crossing except in the following circumstances:<BR>A. On an approach to a highway-rail grade crossing from a T-intersection with a parallel highway, if the distance from the edge of the track to the edge of the parallel roadway is less than 30 m (100 ft), and signs are used on both approaches of the parallel highway; or<BR>B. On low-volume, low-speed highways crossing minor spurs or other tracks that are infrequently used and are flagged by train crews; or<BR>C. In business districts where active highway-rail grade crossing traffic control devices are in use; or<BR>D. Where physical conditions do not permit even a partially effective display of the sign.<BR></p>

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning, Black and White

A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every…

<p>A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every highway-rail grade crossing except in the following circumstances:<BR>A. On an approach to a highway-rail grade crossing from a T-intersection with a parallel highway, if the distance from the edge of the track to the edge of the parallel roadway is less than 30 m (100 ft), and signs are used on both approaches of the parallel highway; or<BR>B. On low-volume, low-speed highways crossing minor spurs or other tracks that are infrequently used and are flagged by train crews; or<BR>C. In business districts where active highway-rail grade crossing traffic control devices are in use; or<BR>D. Where physical conditions do not permit even a partially effective display of the sign.<BR></p>

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning, Color

A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every…

<p>A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every highway-rail grade crossing except in the following circumstances:<BR>A. On an approach to a highway-rail grade crossing from a T-intersection with a parallel highway, if the distance from the edge of the track to the edge of the parallel roadway is less than 30 m (100 ft), and signs are used on both approaches of the parallel highway; or<BR>B. On low-volume, low-speed highways crossing minor spurs or other tracks that are infrequently used and are flagged by train crews; or<BR>C. In business districts where active highway-rail grade crossing traffic control devices are in use; or<BR>D. Where physical conditions do not permit even a partially effective display of the sign.<BR></p>

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning, Outline

A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every…

<p>A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every highway-rail grade crossing except in the following circumstances:<BR>A. On an approach to a highway-rail grade crossing from a T-intersection with a parallel highway, if the distance from the edge of the track to the edge of the parallel roadway is less than 30 m (100 ft), and signs are used on both approaches of the parallel highway; or<BR>B. On low-volume, low-speed highways crossing minor spurs or other tracks that are infrequently used and are flagged by train crews; or<BR>C. In business districts where active highway-rail grade crossing traffic control devices are in use; or<BR>D. Where physical conditions do not permit even a partially effective display of the sign.<BR></p>

Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning, Silhouette

A Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Advance Warning sign shall be used on each highway in advance of every…

"The Hoosac Tunnel lit by glow lamps, after the plan of the Marr Construction Company."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Hoosac Tunnel

"The Hoosac Tunnel lit by glow lamps, after the plan of the Marr Construction Company."—E. Benjamin…

A diagram of a cross-section of a power station at the South Side Elevated Railway Company in Chicago. This picture is a good analogy for a modern power house of comparative capacity.

Power House

A diagram of a cross-section of a power station at the South Side Elevated Railway Company in Chicago.…

An illustration of an inclined railway, also known as a funicular or funicular railway. This railway runs on a pulley system, where two cars are counterbalanced, with one car ascending and one car descending.

Inclined Railway

An illustration of an inclined railway, also known as a funicular or funicular railway. This railway…

Passangers get their luggage inspected before boarding a train.

Inspection

Passangers get their luggage inspected before boarding a train.

Feeder insulators were previously made from glass, but the strain they endured caused them to crack, making glass an unsuitable material. The insulators were later made from molded mica to be used on poles at corners and curves to better endure with the strain. This model can take a cable up to 500,000 circular mils cross-section.

Feeder Insulator

Feeder insulators were previously made from glass, but the strain they endured caused them to crack,…

A type of insulation feeder. This model has a bronze top and a molded mica bottom. The feeder is held in place by screw cap and is screwed atop a pole.

Feeder Insulator

A type of insulation feeder. This model has a bronze top and a molded mica bottom. The feeder is held…

A type of insulator feeder. This type rests on the groove of a pole; held in place by also by a tie-wire. The top is made of bronze, and the bottom of an insulation material, likely mica.

Feeder Insulator

A type of insulator feeder. This type rests on the groove of a pole; held in place by also by a tie-wire.…

Rail joints are used to join rail tracks, or the surface structures that support guide trains.

Rail Joint

Rail joints are used to join rail tracks, or the surface structures that support guide trains.

A completed joint of a railway. A fish plate is bolted onto the joint so it can attach to other joints. O is the rib where the bolts are screwed in.

Completed Joint

A completed joint of a railway. A fish plate is bolted onto the joint so it can attach to other joints.…

This rail joint is a component of a rail track which are the surface structures that support and guide trains.

Rail Joint

This rail joint is a component of a rail track which are the surface structures that support and guide…

Fastening designed to unite abutting ends of rail.

Rail Joint

Fastening designed to unite abutting ends of rail.

Signal Lever and Interlocking Tappet. F - Floor of CabinG - Grove for interlocking barN - TappetV - Latch rod

Signal Lever

Signal Lever and Interlocking Tappet. F - Floor of Cabin G - Grove for interlocking bar N - Tappet V…

A hood light that would typically be seen on a trolley in the early twentieth century. P is adjustable and can be changed, S is a socket that is a trolley car fixture, C is a cap that shuts down when P is taken out of S. H is the handle.

Hood Light

A hood light that would typically be seen on a trolley in the early twentieth century. P is adjustable…

Steam locomotive.

Locomotive

Steam locomotive.

A locomotive designed for fast passenger service in 1902.

Locomotive

A locomotive designed for fast passenger service in 1902.

Locomotive steam engine, with parts named.

Locomotive

Locomotive steam engine, with parts named.

"Three locomotives were imported from England in 1829, and the first trial in America took place Aug. 8, 1829, at Honesdale, Pa. The first railway constructed to be worked by locomotives was the South Carolina railroad (1826&ndash;1830), though trials of an experimental locomotive had been made before on the Baltimaore and Ohio railroad, which continued to be worked by horsepower till 1832. "&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

American Locomotive

"Three locomotives were imported from England in 1829, and the first trial in America took place Aug.…

"Three locomotives were imported from England in 1829, and the first trial in America took place Aug. 8, 1829, at Honesdale, Pa. The first railway constructed to be worked by locomotives was the South Carolina railroad (1826&ndash;1830), though trials of an experimental locomotive had been made before on the Baltimaore and Ohio railroad, which continued to be worked by horsepower till 1832. "&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Early Locomotive

"Three locomotives were imported from England in 1829, and the first trial in America took place Aug.…

"Largest locomotive ever built. Designed for the Virginian Railway by the Baldwin Locomotive Works." -Foster, 1921

Largest Locomotive

"Largest locomotive ever built. Designed for the Virginian Railway by the Baldwin Locomotive Works."…

The Lucerne Railway Station in Switzerland.

Lucerne Railway Station

The Lucerne Railway Station in Switzerland.

"Catching the mail pouch from the crane."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Mail Pouch

"Catching the mail pouch from the crane."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

An illustration of a man and a boy on a train.

Man & Child on Train

An illustration of a man and a boy on a train.

An illustration of a man boarding a tram.

Man Boarding Tram

An illustration of a man boarding a tram.

"The war in Virginia--General Hooker's army marching past Manassas, Va., June, 1863."— Frank Leslie, 1896

Manassas

"The war in Virginia--General Hooker's army marching past Manassas, Va., June, 1863."— Frank Leslie,…

"The Manhattan elevated railway, new York."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Manhattan Railway

"The Manhattan elevated railway, new York."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction.

Brake Mechanism

A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction.

A scene from the story, <em>The Memoirs of A White Elephant</em>.

The Memoirs of a White Elephant

A scene from the story, The Memoirs of A White Elephant.

A "future car" from a 1919 source.

Monorail

A "future car" from a 1919 source.

The Tunis monorail.

Tunis Monorail

The Tunis monorail.

Old train producing black smoke.

Old train

Old train producing black smoke.

"The first passenger locomotive built in the United States. A year after the Enterprise sailed for India, the first railroad in the United States was opened in Massachusetts, from the Quincy quarries to tide water. It was only two miles long, and was used for hauling granite; the cars were drawn by horses. It was the first use of rails in America. In 1830 the first passenger railway in America was opened. It extended westward from Baltimore about fifteen miles, and now forms a part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The cars were at first drawn by horses, but a locomotive was used the next year. Its first locomotive was built by Peter Cooper, who made later the generous and useful gift of the Cooper Union to the city of New York. Now began the construction of railroads in various directions; in the next twenty years nearly ten thousand miles of road were built. This mileage has constantly been increased, until in 1895 there were in operation in the United States nearly one hundred and eighty thousand miles of railway."—Scudder, 1897

Passenger Train

"The first passenger locomotive built in the United States. A year after the Enterprise sailed for India,…

A platform that is used to oil the wheels of a trolley car. When a wheel is in need of oil, it makes a chattering noise, which indicates the need for the trolley to stop in such a platform.

Trolley Platform

A platform that is used to oil the wheels of a trolley car. When a wheel is in need of oil, it makes…

"Postal Progress, 1776-1876; mail by train."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

Postal by train

"Postal Progress, 1776-1876; mail by train."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

A metal rail with two heads.

Double Headed Rail

A metal rail with two heads.

"Railroad route from an old time-table."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

Rail-road Route

"Railroad route from an old time-table."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

"Trail between Peter Cooper's locomotive <em>Tom Thumb</em> and one of Stockton's and Stokes' horse cars."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

Railroad Trail

"Trail between Peter Cooper's locomotive Tom Thumb and one of Stockton's and Stokes' horse…

Telegraph and Railroad

Railroad

Telegraph and Railroad

"Obverse and Reverse of a ticket used in 1838 on the New York and Harlem Railroad."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

Railroad Ticket

"Obverse and Reverse of a ticket used in 1838 on the New York and Harlem Railroad."—E. Benjamin Andrews,…

A railroad train of the twentieth century.

A Railroad Train

A railroad train of the twentieth century.

A railroad train in New York State, 1831.

Railroad Train

A railroad train in New York State, 1831.

An illustration of a group of men working on the railroad.

Railroad Workers

An illustration of a group of men working on the railroad.

"Old Boston & Worcester Railway ticket, about 1837."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

railway ticket

"Old Boston & Worcester Railway ticket, about 1837."—E. Benjamin Andrews, 1895

This railroad car is a vehicle that is used for the carrying of cargo or passengers. These cars can be coupled together into a train and hauled by a locomotive.

Union Park Railway Car on a Rail Transport System

This railroad car is a vehicle that is used for the carrying of cargo or passengers. These cars can…

A railway electrification system supplies electrical energy to railway locomotives and multiple units so that they can operate without having an on board prime mover. There are several different electrification systems in use throughout the world. Railway electrification has many advantages but requires heavy capital expenditure for installation.

Closed Conduit Electric Railway

A railway electrification system supplies electrical energy to railway locomotives and multiple units…

"Two motors are usually employed on each [electric railway] car, and the connection between them and the rails is made through the car-wheels and axles, and between them and the line wire, by a wire connected with a wheel called the <em>trolley.,/i> which is carried at the end of a pole supported on the car roof...." -Atkinson 1903

Electric Railway

"Two motors are usually employed on each [electric railway] car, and the connection between them and…

"Industrial Railway. a, cast-iron plates bedded in concrete for boiler-room floor; b, section of boiler; c, cast-iron track; d, charging-car with outside-flange wheels." -Whitney, 1911

Industrial Railway

"Industrial Railway. a, cast-iron plates bedded in concrete for boiler-room floor; b, section of boiler;…

A suspension railway, Barmen, Germany.

Suspension Railway

A suspension railway, Barmen, Germany.

A device carried on nearly all American railway trains for quickly replacing derailed wheels on the track.

Car Replacer

A device carried on nearly all American railway trains for quickly replacing derailed wheels on the…

The inner workings of a rheostat (resistance box). Rheostat contacts (1, 2, 3) are arranged along the outer frame of the body. The contact arm has two contact strips (a, a'), instead of using a regular contact arm. The strips are insulated and press onto contact rings (b, b'). c is a small multiplying resistance, which is equivalent to one of the resistance sections of the rheostat

Rheostat

The inner workings of a rheostat (resistance box). Rheostat contacts (1, 2, 3) are arranged along the…