How to Draw a Steam Train

How to Draw a Steam Train

In this drawing tutorial we’ll learn how to draw a steam train. This tutorial is good if you’re already drawn a couple of the beginner tutorials here at Drawing Mentor.

Did you know?

  • Steam trains operate on coal and water which creates steam.
  • The first ever steam train was built by Richard Trevithick in 1804.
  • Steam trains were first built to carry goods and materials in the 1800s.
  • One of the world’s fastest steam locomotives was called The Flying Scotsman.
  • The oldest working steam train today is called The Fairy Queen, which operates in India.
  • The largest steam engines were built in the 1940s.

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Level: intermediate
Tutorial steps: 6

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Step 1

how to draw a steam train
To get started, draw three shapes. The first being the base of the train, which is a rectangle-like shape that is wider at the top. Then draw the second shape, a think rectangle that sits on top of the first shape and over hangs on the right side. The third shape is another rectangle that is attached on the back, left side of the first shape we have drawn. See image.

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Step 2

how to draw a steam train
Now lets add the cabin of the train with a window and the left side of the cabin curves up to the roof. You can copy the image above, or just make it a simple straight edge instead. Once you’ve done that, draw the base of the train so it goes up at a 45 degree angle then horizontal to the end. Finally draw in a circle to be steam cylinder.

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Step 3

how to draw a steam train
Draw the roof of the train cabin with two thin rectangles. Now draw the main body of the train that is attached to the cabin. Then draw three wheels. Two wheels together in the middle of the train and a third wheel closer to the front of the train.

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Step 4

how to draw a steam train
It’s time to add some details. Draw the steam funnel and bell on the roof of the train. Now draw three curves along the main train body to show the metal sections. Now add the main steam chimney standing tall at the front of the train.

Draw the piston box between the second wheel and the front wheel. Finally draw the piston section that sits in front of the front wheel. See image above.

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Step 5

how to draw a steam train
Now let’s add the piston arms that connect each wheel, then another arm that connects to the front piston section. Now add the three combustion chambers that stick up from the main train body. The one closest to the train cabin can have a horn attached. Now draw the iconic front grill and light.

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Step 6

how to draw a steam train
Yes! We’re now complete! You can go ahead and add some steam billowing out from the funnel to show the train is moving.

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