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3 Ways of How to Draw Train | Steam Cargo Train, Electric Train, Passenger Train

Trains, whether steam cargo trains, electric trains, or passenger trains, have always captivated us with their charm and functionality. If you are someone who loves trains and wants to learn how to draw them, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will provide three different methods to draw trains, each accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions and visual aids. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you can follow these instructions and add your own personal touch to create unique and vibrant train drawings. So grab your favorite drawing tools and let’s get started!

How to Draw a Cartoon Train

Drawing a cartoon train is a great way to begin your train-drawing journey. It offers simplicity and uniformity, making it an ideal choice for beginners. In this tutorial, we will focus on drawing a cargo/goods train, but you can easily modify it to draw a passenger train by following the tip provided at the end of the tutorial.

Step 1: Draw the Engine

To start, draw two parallel lines at the bottom of your drawing paper, creating a rectangle-like shape. Within this shape, draw three circles of different sizes or the same-sized circles to depict the wheels. Inside each circle, draw another circle. Towards the left side of the rectangle, draw a semi-circle, and below it, draw a triangle that connects the semi-circle and the wheel. Inside this triangle, draw two slanted lines. Congratulations, you have drawn the base of the engine!

Now, let’s move on to drawing the driver’s/pilot’s seating car. Above the rectangle, draw a square, aligning its right end with the rectangle. Inside this square, draw two smaller squares to represent windows. For the chimney, which lets out steam in this steam train, draw a tall, thin rectangle to the left of the square, and above it, draw a funnel shape. To depict steam coming out, draw three circles of different sizes. And voila, your engine is complete!

Feel free to add your own artistic touches or draw freehand lines if you prefer. Using a scale or ruler can help create cleaner edges, but it’s not necessary. This is your train, so let your creativity shine!


Step 2: Draw the Cargo Car

To draw the cargo cars, start by drawing a rectangle of the same size as the engine’s rectangle. Leave a small gap between the engine and the car. For the wheels, draw them similar to how you drew them for the engine. To connect the engine and the car, draw two small lines close to each other, linking the engine and the car.


Step 3: Draw the Other Cars

Repeat the process you used for the first car to draw two additional cars. Maintain equal distances between each car. Connect all the cars, and your train drawing is complete! Refer to the image below for a visual representation of how your final drawing should look. You can use a pencil to shade the diagram or add colors to make your train vibrant and unique.


Tip: If you want to draw a passenger train, simply draw a larger car by increasing the size of the rectangle to match that of the engine or even bigger.

How to Draw a Bullet Train/Electric Train

Bullet trains and electric trains are marvels of modern transportation. Despite their intricate designs, drawing them is surprisingly easy. Follow these simple steps to draw a bullet train or electric train:

Step 1: Outline the Body

Start by drawing two parallel lines across your sheet. Unlike traditional trains, bullet trains and electric trains do not have separate engines. The engine is integrated into the first car itself. Therefore, we will begin by drawing the first car. Draw a curve on the left side of the lines to connect them, representing the engine/room where the driver/pilot operates the train. On top of this curve, draw a square to depict the window through which the driver/pilot views the track ahead. Divide this square into two smaller squares, aligning one side with the previous square.

Below the window, draw three lines, followed by two slanted lines towards the bottom line. To draw the wheels, create a thin rectangle at the bottom, and within it, draw three circles. Each circle should contain a smaller circle inside. Connect the wheels using a line, representing the axle that helps them move. Your train outline is now complete!


Step 2: Draw Windows

Next, draw windows all over the train. Extend the lines you drew below the engine window to the end of the car. Above this, draw three lines. Towards the left side, draw a triangle and another triangle inside it. Add horizontal lines between the lines to represent passenger windows. Above the train, draw a cable by drawing two slanted lines in opposite directions and two more lines on one side. Finally, draw a thin rectangle above this.


Step 3: Draw Another Car

Extend the body lines and replicate everything you drew on the first car, excluding the engine section. Congratulations, you have successfully drawn an electric train or bullet train! Refer to the image below to see how your final drawing should look. Don’t forget to add shading or colors to bring your drawing to life.


How to Draw a Passenger Train

Passenger trains are the classic trains that come to mind when we think of the word “train.” They are the most commonly seen and used trains, and many of us have a deep connection to them. If you want to draw a passenger train, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Draw the Engine

Begin by drawing a large square. On the top part of this square, draw a thin rectangle. Position another rectangle behind it. Below this, draw two squares as windows. Inside each window, draw slanted lines to create a shine effect. Below each window, draw thin rectangles, and below those rectangles, draw two lines. Between these lines, draw another thin rectangle, followed by another line. Now, draw horizontal lines between the last two vertical lines. That completes the front of your engine. On the upper part of the engine face, draw two horizontal lines, one below the other. This represents the engine itself.


Step 2: Outline the Cars

Extend the lines you drew in Step 1 to create a framework for the engine and the first car. Draw two more lines at the bottom and two horizontal lines to separate the engine from the car. Finally, close the car by adding a horizontal line at its end.


Step 3: Add the Details

Let’s add the doors and windows to both the engine and the car. Draw rectangles on either side of the engine and the car to represent the windows. Between two windows, draw another thin, long rectangle to depict the door. Add slanted lines to create a railing or shiny effect on all the windows. Towards the left side of the door, draw another line. Refer to the image below to see the final drawing. As always, unleash your creativity by shading the diagram with a pencil or adding colors to make your train drawing come alive.


We hope you’ve found this guide helpful in your train drawing journey. Remember, these methods are just the beginning. You can explore countless other drawing possibilities and create exceptional train artworks. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Don’t forget to share your train drawings with us. Happy drawing!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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