Hi, I'm Mark Traain.

A life-long railfan and self-described “foamer,” I’ve been documenting trains ever since I was a kid growing up along the Baltimore & Ohio and Erie railroads in northeastern Ohio. It was a time when railroads were rapidly consolidating into large homogenous freight companies. Meanwhile, the charm and prestige that defined railroads of the past was disappearing. 

Analog Foamer is a website I created in the spirit of historic preservation featuring an archive with thousands of train photographs I captured all over America from the late 1980s to today. The title "Analog Foamer" stems from my use of film (or analog) cameras 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.

Mark Traain is actually my railfan alter ego and represents a part of my life that I largely kept hidden from public view until now. 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 Sunset Route. 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 stopping by.

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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