Railfan Atlas Maps Train Porn Photos from All Over the World

Posted On Mon, March 16, 2015 By

Posted On Mon, March 16, 2015 By In maps, photography, Social Media, Transportation

Though many of us would rather not look at another train once we get done with our daily commutes, others of us revel in the images of railfandom, a subculture of train enthusiasts. One self-professed rail geek, Nick Benson, even went so far as to create the Railfan Atlas, a worldwide collection of Flickr train photos. The images are geotagged, and there’s a heat map that shows the hottest spots for train porn.

Nick Benson, Railfan Atlas, train photography

The New York area heat map shows that the most popular spots for photos are the Hunterspoint Avenue LIRR station along with other Long Island City spots, Grand Central (unsurprisingly), Penn Station (we can’t help wondering why), and the PATH station in Hoboken. Interestingly, downtown locales like the new Fulton Center are not as popular as we would have guessed.

Otto Vondrak, Railfan Atlas, train photography
Via Otto Vondrak

Jill Slater, Railfan Atlas, train photography
Via Jill Slater

The site doesn’t limit itself to contemporary photography, so it’s a resource for history enthusiasts, too. There are currently 459,397 photos from 10,883 photographers in the database, and Benson told CityLab: “While traffic to the site has been more of a steady trickle than a torrent, the people who do visit are spending a lot of time exploring.”

[Via Curbed]

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