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Uploaded: June 11, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: June 13, 2009
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Learning to draw a train is probably one of the most popular things that kids want to teach themselves how to draw. For me it was dragons and dinosaurs, but for kids like my younger brother, all he wanted to do was learn “how to draw planes, trains and automobiles“. This first tutorial of the day is going to teach you “how to draw a train step by step”. The locomotive that you will be working on is a “steam train” and believe it or not but, you can draw a steam train with ease if you follow my directions and tutorial steps. The steam train or steam locomotive, was a vessel that was solely powered by steam that is produced by coal. These types of trains began their use in the beginning of the nineteenth century, and ended their usage during the twentieth century. These locomotives were used for over one hundred fifty years. The very first fully functional steam train was designed and built by a British inventor named Richard Trevithick and it was introduced to the world on February 21, 1804. A steam train needed a boiler system to produce and omit pressurized steam and water. This was done inside of a steel “fire-tube boiler”. The water came from a firebox which was located to the rear of the boiler. The firebox was filled with water and it surrounded the top and sides of the flame with then created steam. In order to operate the steam locomotive several things was needed besides the boiler, you also needed a steam circuit, the chassis, running gear, fuel and water, and then lastly a crew. We as a race have evolved tremendously with building trains of today in a more advanced efficient way of operating. Trains are what transportation toys are made of which every kid has once owned at some point in their lifetime. Now that some of you have grown out of playing with trains, maybe you can learn “how to draw a train step by step” with this easy to follow tutorial. I am going to leave you all right now but I will be back as you already know. Keep working hard to get better at drawing and sooner or later you will be drawing anything you want just like a real pro. See ya in a bit kiddies, peace out!

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How to Draw a Train

how to draw a train step by step step 1

STEP 1.

In order to draw a train, you are going to have to draw out the body of the train as you see here. Start with a skinny rectangular shape and then add the vertical lines on the top of the train like you see here. Next draw a box shape at the end of the train and then another small boxy shape at the front of the train.
 
how to draw a train step by step step 2

STEP 2.

You will start sketching in front design parts of the trains structure the way you see it here. The front parts are called the cowcatcher, cylinder, and then the head lamp. Of course there is more joints and such to make the front of the train complete.
 
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STEP 3.

Now start sketching out the chimney, smoke-box, and boiler system as you see it done for you here and then also sketch out the gadgets that connect them all together.
 
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STEP 4.

You will continue to draw out the design of the train starting with a cylinder shape right after the chimney spout called the dome. Next sketch out the wheels of the truck and attachments like the connecting rods and valvegear. Once this is done you can start on your next drawing step.
 
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STEP 5.

Sketch out the second dome and then the trains whistle. You will also need to draw more train wheels, rods, and more valve gears.
 
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STEP 6.

The third dome shape needs to be drawn and then more wheels, rods, and gear valves. Once that is done move to the next step. Remember to take your time when learning "how to draw a train step by step", just to make sure that it comes out looking awesome.
 
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STEP 7.

Now herein this step you will finally draw out the cab of the train where the trains conductor sits and operates that train while in motion. This is a very simple step because all you are drawing is lines.
 
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STEP 8.

For you last drawing step you will draw the cab windows and doors and then the handle rails as seen on both sides of the train doors. You can start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your sketch. When you are done you will move to the line art step.
 
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STEP 9.

Chu, chu, here is what your line art for your train should look like now that you have finished this lesson on "how to draw a train" step by step. Color in the locomotive and you are all set. See you next time guys.