Railroad Track Brush in Illustrator

An example of the railroad track brush in Illustrator.
An example of the railroad track brush in Illustrator.

I needed a brush for drawing railway tracks in Illustrator and couldn’t find one, so I had to create one. Download this brush to draw railway tracks in Illustrator. You never know, you might have a use for it…

Railroad Track Brush [zipped]

To use the brush, open the Illustrator file and open the Brushes palette to apply the brush style to any lines you draw. Adjust the scale of the brush pattern accordingly.

Be sure to check out all of the templates that are already online on the Templates page of the Jeffco site.

And if you found this one useful, be sure to check out some of our other free brushes:

35 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for the brush! You saved me hours of learning how to do this πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you! I thought I was going to have to do this myself, this saved so much time πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you! Looking for the line pattern to go on a map, this is perfect. Thank you for creating it for all of us.

  4. This looks like exactly the brush I was looking for! Is it alright if I use it on map line drawing I’m doing for a job?

  5. This is brilliant. Thanks so much! Had to draw multiple tracks today, which would have taken me hours. This saved my life!

  6. Thanks a lot for this.

    Having a little trouble changing the colour though? I’ve tried all the ‘colorization methods’ in the stoke options but it always stays grey! Any ideas?

  7. I think you’d have to remake the brush. But the short, fast way is break the brush (Object>Expand Appearance) to make it entirely editable (but no longer editable). I’d keep a second copy on another hidden layer in case you have to make changes in the future…

    Oh wait, no,

  8. Good question. My first thought was to just expand the appearance and choose black, but that means you couldn’t edit it. Fastest solution I came up with was use the Properties palette, click recolor, then the slider bar at the bottom all the way to left. There’s probably better, more precise options, but that shows it’s possible, while still keeping it editable. Ah, yes, you can get more precise if you use the Recolor Artwork button to specify the colour to change it to. That’s my first suggestions. If those are no good, let me know, there must be a better way…

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