Railfan Virginia

Railfan Virginia is made by railfans, for railfans.

Do you have photographs or audio from around Virginia? Could it be useful as a resource to railfans looking to explore Virginia?

I welcome submissions to the Railfan Virginia collection which serve to illustrate and educate site viewers about rail operations statewide.
If you would like to submit material for consideration, please read the following notes in order to properly prepare your media.

Please read before you submit:

My educational background spans from art to digital media, and I prefer artistic and well-composed images. I take composition
and aesthetic values into consideration - roster shots are not appropriate submissions; images which show surroundings, are.

I ask that you understand in advance that while all submissions are welcome, not all will be useable. My criteria simply relies on
striving to provide quality material. On the other hand, I understand that railroads do not cease operations for inclement weather, and I take
that into considersation. I do prefer well-lit photographs, but realize that certain locatons never see 'proper' lighting.

All accepted material will retain a copyright for the author, as well as one for use on this website.


  • Still images should be submitted in .jpg format, at 1200x800 pixels, not below 200 ppi resolution.
  • No prior post-processing should have been performed to any submission
  • Images MUST be captured from public property
  • Please be aware of where [grade crossings, public roads] your images are captured, as these details are posted with images.


  • Audio clips should be clear and understandable, and free of as much background noise and interference as possible
  • Clips may be submitted as either .mp3 or .wav files
  • A minimum sample rate of 44.1 KHz (41,000 Hz) is preferred

Are you ready to submit? Send an email to davidhawkinsphotography@gmail.com alerting me to your media, and I will
reply with a 'go ahead.'

It's that easy!