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Lou in the woods. (photo: Richie King)

Hey there, I’m Lou Capwell! I take pictures, and spend a lot of time on trains. Wanna get in touch? that’s easy.



I’m best known for my work in marketing, and social media-ing for various clients in the world of rail excursions, private railcar charters, and other train-adjacent stuff. In another life I handled the social media for a notable Class 1 steam operation and sold $2mil worth of their tickets.  I co-founded the Autumn Colors Express and worked alongside a US Senator’s office to successfully pull off that particular impossible dream. Since 2014, I’ve been a member of the board of directors at the French Lick Scenic Railway. These days, I spend as much of my time as possible on private cars, as part of my company Aboard A Train. We handle onboard service for private passenger railcar charters, we take care of trip planning for corporate and luxury private railcar trips, we skillfully navigate the current environment of Amtrak’s private car and special moves department for our clients, and do all that other behind-the-scenes work of railcar management that’s not very interesting, and even less easy to describe. Basically, if you spend much time in this business, it’s likely that we already know each other. If not, let’s talk! 

At heart, though, I’m a photographer. I grew up with it, I’ve made my living from it, and it’s my first love. I spent a decade in the tourist and heritage railroad world handling photography at massive events, mostly Polar Express. I still take on editorial and commercial clients from time to time, feel free to email me for all of that information. If you’d like to connect on social media, I’m pretty active on Instagram, and there’s a huge pile of photographic output on my Flickr, which I keep sporadically updated.