Analog Foamer

is a website I created in the spirit of historic preservation and it serves as an archive for the thousands of train photographs I've captured all over America from the late 1980s to today. The title "Analog Foamer" extends from the analog, or film, cameras I've traditionally used to capture trains with, and "Foamer," a pejorative term describing people who get so excited when they see a train, they foam at the mouth.

A life-long railfan, and self-described “foamer,” I’ve been documenting trains ever since I was a kid growing up in northeastern Ohio with Conrail at the height of its power, and CSX Transportation in the early years of its formation. It was a time when railroads were rapidly consolidating, experimenting and adapting to stay profitable. Meanwhile, the charm and individual character that defined railroads of the past was disappearing. 

Mark Traain is a railfan alter ego I adopted and it represents a part of my life that I largely kept private until recently. My given name is Mark Lipczynski and I'm a professional commercial and editorial photographer living in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, along the Union Pacific Phoenix sub-division. My professional photography can be viewed by clicking here.

Prints and digital downloads of my train photographs are available for purchase in the Archive. Please contact me directly regarding commissions, licensing information for publication, or any other use.

Thank you for looking.

Please tag me: @marktraain #marktraain #analogfoamer


“Foamer, a pejorative term describing people who get so excited when they see a train, they foam at the mouth.”



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