What is this, exactly?
Railfan Atlas is a
beautiful map interface for exploring Flickr's railroad photography. The project started scouring Flickr for train photos in April, 2014, and has since become one of the largest databases of railroad photography on the internet. How can I add my photos?
Upload your railroad photo to Flickr, geotag it, then add it to the
Railfan Atlas group, keeping in mind:
Your account must allow API access (
uncheck all of the boxes here) Photo must be public
Photo must be publicly geotagged
Photo should contain a railroad subject (no model or toy trains, please)
How did my photos end up on here?
Priority is given to photos in Railfan Atlas group, but the system
grabs images from a ton of different railroad groups. If you don't wish to have your photography included shoot me an email (email@example.com) with your username. How are images selected for inclusion in a map view?
A score is assigned to each image; images with the highest score are shown on the map first. The score is a combination of the percentile rank of popularity (views/comments/favorites) and the number of images the photographer has in the Railfan Atlas database. There is no minimum threshold for getting included in a map view.
This is slow; what gives?
The heatmap feature can be a real bear on older devices, and for that I apologize; disable it if it's causing trouble. That said, for the best experience here, you'll need a fairly fast device, speedy connection, and
modern web browsing software. Are you working on any other features?
Sure! I try to throw some time at this project whenever life allows; you can keep an eye on the
change log if you'd like to see what's in the queue and what's recently been fixed. Hey, wasn't this some sort of editable map project way back when?
Yes, indeed it was. In 2008 it was setup as a primative railfan geo-wiki, but lack of development on my end meant it quickly stagnated; while the data still exist, they may or may not ever see the light again. If you wish to pursue the noble endeavor of creating and editing useful railfan cartography, check out
Open Railway Map. Who's running this?
I'm Nick Benson, who you may know as
Ottergoose on Flickr. I'm a freelance web developer and use it as an excuse to learn and tinker with new technologies.
Which other groups are monitored for inclusion?
While priority is given to photos in the
Railfan Atlas group, the following groups are also monitored for geotagged photos to add to the database. Eventually all of the geotagged photos in these groups will be added to our map, it'll just take some time.
**Only Trains + Railway Unlimited +All Locomotives of the World +Railways of Europe +Trains around the World +Triebzüge dieser Welt 1,000,000 TRAINS 1.000.000 Trains in Europe ALCO-MLW Locomotives ALCO-holics Abandoned Rails Adrian & Blissfield Railroad Alcos, Alcos, Alcos!!!! All Locomotives, Trains and Trams All The Heritage Unit's All Things Trains All Trains All european trains - Eisenbahnen in Europa Alle treinen in Nederland! Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) Amantes de los Trenes American Rails Amtrak Amtrak - The Transportation of America Amtrak Cascades Amtrak Corridor Trains Amtrak Long Distance Trains Amtrak Nationwide Amtrak Top Shots Anything trains Aquellos Magníficos Trenes Arte ferroaficionado Chileno. Arty-Farty Trains Australian Bulldogs BLOL - The Bloomer Line BNSF - Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNSF Racetrack BRITISH RAILWAYS Bahnfotografie - Railphotography Bardoty a Brejlovci - naše nejhezčí stroje Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Best Winter Train photos Beyond the Wedge Billy D Approved Bombardier TRAXX Family Brennerbahn British GM Free Railway Shots British Multiple Units British Preservation Railways British Rail British Rail Steam, Diesel and Electric Traction Burlington Northern Santa Fe CSX Standard Cabs Cabooses Caminos de Hierro Caminos de Hierro Canadian National Railway Canadian Pacific Locomotives Canadian Pacific Railway Canadian Railways Canadian rails. Captrain Power Cargo Italia Cartier Railway Central Illinois Trains Chicago Shortline & Regional Railroads Chicago Transit Authority Chicago Union Station China Railway (中國鐵路/中国铁路) Class 1 Railroads Cleveland Rails Coal Drags! Colorado Trains Cool Train Pix (All Photos by Invitation Only) Covered Wagons Cowl Locomotives Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Cy/Hawk Rail (Iowa Railroads) DMU's, RDC's Rail Motors Dakota Railroads Dash-8s Dash-9s De gare en gare Desert Trains Deutsche Bahn Deutz-Humslet Die Eisenbahnfotografen Die Knödelpresse | DB 180 / CD 371, 372 Diesel Locomotives Diesel train the world Dorval Trains EMD GP50's & SD50's EMD Geeps EMD SD40-2W EMD SD90MAC EN Dacia Express ETR425 Coradia Eastern Railroads Eastern Rails Eastern U.S. Railfanning Eastern United States Railfans Eisenbahn im Ruhrgebiet Eisenbahn im Ruhrgebiet Eisenbahn in Europa Eisenbahnen El tren Electric Railways Electric Train the World Empire Builder Erie Lackawanna West End European Railways Everything Amtrak Ferrocarriles Argentinos Ferrocarriles de la Generalidad Valenciana Ferroequinology Ferrovias Brasileiras. Ferrovie e treni in Italia First Great Western Five Best Train Pictures Flickr's Best Rail Pictures ( by invite only) Former Conrail Routes Fotografos ferroviarios Fotos en "Las Coles" Freight Train Australia GE Locomotives Gallery of Steel: International Railway Art Exhibition German railway - Eisenbahn in Deutschland Golden Hour Rails Gotthard Bahn Great Lake Railroads Güterzüge / Freight trains / Cargo trains High Quality Train Pictures High Speed Trains Inc I Love Trains I love Amtrak I've been railroaded! ICE Intercity Express (Germany) IRFCA Illinois Central Railroad Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana Railroads Indian Railway Indiana Railroad Indiana Railroads Industrial Railways Intensive Training Interesting Train Cars International Railroad Photography Gallery Iowa Railroads JAPANESE TRAIN RAILS Juice Jacks Kankakee Beaverville & Southern LIFE ON THE RAILWAYS LS&I, Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Leeds & West Yorkshire railway group Les teves millors fotografies de trens Light, Composition, Imagination (Railways) Lima Locomotive Works Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Lo que es, Fue y Sera. Locomotive Gallery MONDO TRENI MOVING trains --READ THE RULES Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima (MTM). Maryland Railroading Massachusetts Railroads Matched Pair Michigan Trains Midwest Railfanning Midwest Railroads Minas Gerais Railways Minnesota Railroads Mongolian Railway /Монголын Төмөр Зам/ Montana Rail Link Montana Railroads NS Harrisburg & Reading Line Narrow Gauge Railways of the British Isles Narrow Gauge and Steam Railroads Narrow-gauge railways National Railway Museum, York Night Rails Nocturnada Ferroviaria Norfolk Southern Heritage Units Norfolk Southern Railroad Norfolk Southern Railroad in Indiana or Illinois Norfolk Southern Steam Program Norfolk Southern fans North American Railfanning North American Railroad Stations Northern Plains Railroad Nostalgia～日本の鉄道風景写真 Ns Locos OCS Business Trains Outstate Minnesota Rail Overal BR 189 & 186. PKP PLANET EARTH TRAINS AND RAILROADS POLAND RAIL Pate e' Fierro, Fotos con sabor a riel Pictures from the RailHead Pittsburgh Rails Privaattreinen-Privatetrains in Europa Progressive and Artistic Railway Photography Puerto de Pajares Quality and Exceptional Railway Photographs RAILROADS OF NORTH AMERICA Rail Creative Commons Rail Enthusiasts Worldwide Rail Pictures North America Rail Rider Rail Traction Company Rail-UK Forum RailPix.Flickr Railbus Railcar Schienenbus Triebwagen Railfan Atlas Railfanning Northeast Ohio Railfanning the Chicagoland Suburbs Railfans Asia Railroad Bridges Railroad Images by Women (RIBW) Railroad Locals...One car at a time! Railroad Photographer USA/Canada Railroad Photography Railroad Photography Gallery International Railroad Photography Junction Railroad Photography- shooting through the Night Railroad Shooters Railroad Sightings Railroad Sightings Railroad Signals,Lights and Signs Railroad Signals,Lights and Signs Railroad Snow Fighting Equipment Railroad guesses and memories North America Railroaders - Gettin' it Done (Please read the rules) Railroading In Severe Weather Railroading in B.C. Railroading in Illinois Railroads Railroads across the UP of Michigan Railroads of the Twin Ports Railscape Railway Railway Express Agency Railway Gallery Railway Glint Shots! Railway Photographers Railway Signalling Railway Station Spiez! Railway and all the things around RailwayWorld Railways & Locomotives Railways Africa Railways in Monochrome Railways of France Railways of New South Wales, Australia. Railways round the world Railways, trains and train stations Red Sur de los Ferrocarriles de Chile Richard Steinheimer: The Art of Trains Ride The Rails Rinky Dink Industrial Switchers Roaring Rails Runs On Rails Rural Railfanning SBB SBB CFF FFS & other Swiss Railways Schienenbus - Triebwagen - Railbus - Railcar (4 wheel VT98 type) Shinkansen | 新幹線 Shore Line Interurban Historical Society Short freight trains with up to 5 wagons, korte goederentreinen Shortline and branchline rail in BC Small trains in rural settings Soo Line Railroad South American Railroads South Yorkshire Railway History Southeastern US Trains & Rails Southern New England Railroad's Standard Cabs Steam - Steam Engines & Locomotives Steam Trains Steel Mill Railroads Steel Rails Across North America. Stockport and Peak District Railways Stormy trains. TGV-Fotos TRAINS AND TRAIN STATIONS AUSTRALIA TRAINS IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA TRAXX Taiwan Railway / 台灣鐵路 Thai Railway Pictures The American Steel Roads The Best Train Pictures The Best of China Railway **Invited Pictures Only** The Golden Hour Glory The Indiana Northeastern Railroad The REAL Former Conrail Locomotives (Repainted) Group The REAL Memories of Conrail The SNCF, French trains The Train Is Coming!! The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway The World of GM / EMD Locomotives The colourful and powerful world of ALCOs Tracción Raíl Azvi Train All Around The World Train Engines & Rolling stock Train Photography Train Stations Train Stations - the older the better Train pictures Train's under the Moon light Train-photographer's digest Train. TrainLogistic Trains Français SNCF Trains On Film Trains Winter/Summer Trains across america Trains and Dramatic Light Trains and Grain Elevators/Feed Mills Trains and Railroads of Pennsylvania Trains and Trams - Railway Lovers Trains and Trolleys Trains and railways Trains and the Colors of Fall Trains in the Powder River Basin Trains of the American West Trains of the UK Trains of the USA and Canada. Trains of the USA,Canada and British Columbia. Trains on Bridges Trains on Station Trains, Rails and Railroad Equipment Trains-new and old-past and present Trainspotting Trams All Over The World ! Trams et Métros dans le Monde Trams/Streetcars Transitia Raíl Transkentucky Lives Tranvías, Trenes y Subtes Treinen in Delft / Trains in Delft Treinen/Eisenbahn/Trains Treinenkoerier Trem Brasil Trem Bão Brasil Trencitos de Chile Trenes / trains Trenes Ramal Alameda - San Antonio. Trenes de Chile Trenes en la Nieve Trenes y locomotoras. Trains and Locomotives. Züge und Lokomo Treni Italiani Treni, Ferrovie, Stazioni e Dintorni Treni, stazioni e ferrovie Trens d'ALSTHOM Tutti i Treni d'Italia / All the Italian Trains U.S Railfans in the UK. U.S. Railfan Pictures U.S. Shortlines UK Freight UP Heritage Fleet USA Railroad Tracks USA Trains United States Locomotive Photographers United States Railroads Vectron - Siemens locomotive Via Rail Canada Via Rail Canada's trains Viejos puentes, estaciones y obras de arte ferroviarias de Chile West Coast Main Line Western NY Railroad Photography Widecabs Winter on Canadian Rails Winter on the Railroad Wisconsin Rails World Trains World railways (trains, trams and subways)! Worldwide Railfanning (WRP Flickr) Worldwide Trains Your Best Railroad Photos Your Best Railroad Shot Your Favorite Regionals/Short Lines Shot! Zebra Striped CN [JR] Japan Rail fallen flags high speed rail passenger trains railbuffs railfans semaforos y señales ferroviarios train railroad trains ČKD České Dráhy/Czech Railways Škoda locomotives 鐵道之旅
If I'm missing any you think ought to be included,
shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).