Railroad Photography
a Special Interest Group of the Amherst Railway Society

Photography does more than capture a moment. It tells a story. It connects us to the past, to people, places, and feelings. Photography is an art form that inspires, interprets, and celebrates.

The Amherst Railway Society (ARS) is fortunate to have talented photographers that are willing to share their work, and help others develop their skills.

Amherst’s Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) is dedicated to taking railroad photographs – trains, depots, abandoned rail lines, model railroads – all things railroad. Our goal is to gather safely to take railroad photographs, learn from each other, and share our work.

We meet periodically, both online and in-person, to plan group photo outings, share technique, and enjoy each other’s company.

News & Events

Age of Steam Roundhouse Photo Event

Friday, May 20, 2022

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sugar Creek, Ohio

On Friday, May 20, 2022, Trains magazine and the Age of Steam Roundhouse are sponsoring a photo event for rail-fans interested in traveling back in time.

0-6-0 no. 12 will be fired and operating, and re-enactors will be working in the roundhouse. End result – the sights, sounds, and feel of steam-era railroading will be on full display.

The Age of Steam Photo Event is scheduled to coincide with the appearance of Nickel Plate 765 at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad that weekend.

For more information on the Age of Steam Photo Event, click here.

For more information on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, click here. 


North Conway’s Photography Special

Sunday, May 22, 2022

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Conway Scenic Railroad will run a special Railfan’s Mountaineer photography train.

The train will be lead by the 470 Club’s two F7As. Both locomotives are painted in the Boston & Maine maroon and gold scheme from the 1940s and 50s.

The train will board at 9:00 am in North Conway, New Hampshire and will run on an extended schedule to accommodate multiple photo stops along the way.

For additional information, visit the Conway Scenic Railroad website.

Photo SIG Trackside Meetup – Palmer, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Gorgeous day! Shot trains – and even some planes.

Relaxed lunch on the patio of the Steaming Tender restaurant, and a chance to talk about future trackside meetups.

East Deerfield was a popular topic with the upcoming merger of PanAm with CSX. The Northeast Corridor and the Hudson River region made it into the conversation, too.

Plans are in the works.

photo: Kaylee Zheng

The 2023 Calendar Project

The ARS Photography Special Interest Group is creating a 2023 calendar featuring photos of Amherst members’ layouts and modules. We are looking for interesting photos highlighting excellent model railroading. 

The calendar will measure 11” x 17” with the photo portion measuring 8.5” x 11” and the calendar section measuring 8.5” x 11”.

Submitted photos should measure 11” wide by 8.5” high (landscape format) with a resolution of 300 dpi. JPG and TIFF file formats are preferred. RBG or CMYK color modes are acceptable.

Please include the following for each photo: photographers name, layout owners name, layout scale, and date of photograph. In the photo filenames, please include the photographer’s name followed by the model railroad owner’s name.

Please send photo submissions to photo-sig@amherstrail.org by July 1, 2022 for consideration. Please submit no more than 10 photos. For multiple submissions, use several emails or a file-sharing service like Dropbox.

Please note: modeling and photography must be by current Amherst Railway Society members.

Trains/NRHS 2022 Photo Contest

Trains magazine in partnership with the National Railway Historical Society is sponsoring the 2022 railroad photo contest.

The theme for the contest is Still Soldiering On. 

Subjects could include older equipment that is still in operation, as well as a rail lines, structures, or services that has been around for a long time.

Entry deadline is June 1, 2022.

Amherst’s own Dee Matyas was the First Prize winner in the 2020 contest with this photo.

Full contest details here.

Upcoming Event – Shelburne Falls Night Photo Shoot – September 17, 2022

Local Railfan Locations

The Amherst Photo SIG is in the process of developing maps of local rail-fan sites.

Our goal is to provide information on photo sites that are safe, provide good vantage points, and do not infringe on railroad property.

As maps are completed they will be published on this site.

Member Galleries

A curated collection

Jennifer Al-Beik

Shelburne Night Shoot

October, 2021

Phil Johnson

A curated collection

Phil Johnson

A curated collection

Isaiah Manuel

A curated collection

Dee Matyas

A curated collection

Gary D. Munsey, Sr.

A curated collection

Doug Scott

A curated collection

Kaylee Zhang

Contact Us

If you have questions, or would like additional information about the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Photography Special Interest Group, please fill out the form below.

This is a vibrant, growing group of railroad photographers – at all skill levels.