For many of us, the excitement and wonder of seeing a moving train was the start of a passion for trains and later, railroad photography. As we looked deeper and started to explore and understand the railroad better, we often develop a deep appreciation of its infrastructure system and see potential as a photographic subject. Track, signals, yards, stations, trackside structures, tunnels and bridges all have vast photographic interest in of themselves and don’t need a train present to tell a story of railroading. From my observation, bridges are probably the most photographed railroad subject other than the trains themselves….I know they are for me.
Most railroad bridge photographs seem to fall into one of three categories; train pedestal, landscape or structure inspired.