Travel Photos From Trains: Surprisingly Beautiful Ugly Is In The Eye of the Beholder

By Abi King | Europe

Feb 03

Bologna Train StationI like trains, I really do. Given the right conditions, I love train travel.

But, you know, on a shallow kind of level, they’ve never looked good to me. I’ve loved their personalities – but I’ve been clouded by their clutter. The signals, the adverts, the often dreary railtrack walls and scrawling, unimaginative graffiti. And on the inside? Well, it’s just bunch of chairs (at best) and drooling, snoring commuters (at worst.)

Or so I thought.

Yet my ongoing work (the likes of which led me to write this post – 17 Ways To Take Better Photos from Trains) has started to give me a different perspective.

It didn’t happen right away. At first, I just completed the assignments before heading back to shots I love, taking photos of nature, cityscapes, interesting people and ice sculptures in blue.

But slowly, surely, trains have wormed their way into my heart.

There’s nothing special about this collection. Except that they’ve just become special to me.

So, dear trains, enjoy your Velveteen Rabbit moment. I hope that we’ll have many more like it together – and I hope that you never pass judgment on the way that I happen to look.

Bon voyage!

Travel Photos from Trains

View from Train crossing Italy and Austria

Open road

Gare du Nord Paris

View from a train


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

SAM February 3, 2014

Although by far not my favorite means of transportatiion under most circumstances or conditions, I am always amazed by the efficiency, diversity and convenience of “travelling by rail” in Switzerland where train travel can be highly luxurious, comfortable, restful and enjoyable and through similar terrain in the Canadian Rockies ( Banff to
Vancouver) where in addition to the “creature comforts” one is afforded the best possible views of the majestic vistas that continue to unfold before you providing endless opportunities for you to further hone those photography skills which you
wrote about in a previous post.

I am yet to experience the high speed trains of Japan – something which I look forward to.

Keep well and Happy travels.


    Abi King October 14, 2014

    Thank you! Yes, you can certainly concentrate on photography on trains in a way you can’t when you’re driving…;-) (Although, I suppose you can stop the car and take a pic if you’re the driver.)

Kim February 6, 2014

I’m a fan of train travel–at least the short ones. Loved taking the Shinkansen to Tokyo after a visit in Hakone.

    Abi King October 14, 2014

    Oh, yes, the shinkansen are SO beautiful.

Amazing shots! and your right, everybody sees things differently depending on their paradigm in which they view the world. Everything boasts beauty if you allow yourself to see it

    Abi King October 14, 2014

    Lovely sentiment – thank you.

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