I am a railroad artist, designer and writer. I am also an advocate for freight & passenger railroads and use my drawings and writing to share the message of “why we need trains” in books & booklets for the public. I share my message when I travel on Amtrak, visit railroad events and on my social media sites. On my social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook you can find my railroad posts with the hashtag #WhyWeNeedTrains
As a artist and designer I have worked with Class 1 and short line & regional railroads for over 25 years. My designs and drawings inspired the Burlington Northern SD70 ExecutiveMAC green & cream paint scheme and the Norfolk Southern Heritage engines. I recently did the drawings for the GATX 2018 Holiday Card and the artwork of Mexico’s railroads for posters for AMF’s annual conventions in 2017 and 2018 (La Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles). My drawings of historic passenger trains that served the St. Louis Union Station hang in the guest rooms & suites of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
My railroad drawings are available in posters, matted prints, magnets, books & booklets. They make great gifts for visiting dignitaries, railroad special events and safety awards. I have been drawing trains by hand for over 30 years and the collection includes steam, electric, diesel, traction & rolling stock. Magnets made from my drawings are enjoyed by railfans of all ages and many have built their favorite trains on their refrigerators and file cabinets keeping the railroad’s image as part of their daily vision. You can visit my website CustomTrains.org and email me questions about drawing your equipment.
Andy attended Railroad Day on the Hill, May 8, 2019 to share his book, "The ABC's of America's Short Line & Regional Railroads" and his booklet "Why We Need Trains with members of Congress and fellow railroad attendees. #WhyWeNeedTrains
Andy Fletcher and fellow railroad attendees in Senator Hoeven, North Dakota office for a meeting, Washington D.C. May 8, 2019.
Andy Fletcher, Washington D.C. May 8, 2019
Meet Andy Fletcher, Railroad Artist
Andy often travels on Amtrak sharing his drawings with crew and passengers. Shown here is an original drawing of an Amtrak P42DC engine he gave to the conductor on a trip on the California Zephyr. He also gives out postcards, stickers, books & booklets to fellow passengers. Click on the photo above to view more of Andy's Amtrak drawings.
Andy Fletcher, Rayburn House of Representatives break room, Washington D.C. May 8, 2019
Traveling on Amtrak's Coast Starlight he stopped in Eugene, OR to meet friends and share "The ABC's of America's Railroads"
Andy Fletcher is the designer of the Norfolk Southern Heritage engines. Click on the photo above of Andy speaking at the 2012 Norfolk Southern Heritage event in Spencer, NC or on the 11"x17" poster of the 20 Norfolk Southern Heritage engines to see more of his drawings of the heritage engines and the historic railroad locomotives that inspired him to draw the engines. Andy is writing a booklet about these drawings and it will be available in late 2019. Did you attend the event in Spencer or have you railfanned the engines or do you model them?