Something I wrote many years ago but was true up until 1992 Happy Thanksgiving
Railroads Depicted on Coins and Currency
CANADA has twice put trains on the reverse of Commemorative Silver Dollars through 1992.
The Trans-Canada Railway commemorative 1981 silver Dollar celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of Vancouver and the arrival of the first Trans-Canada train in Vancouver. Canadian Pacific Engine No. 371 was that train.
No U.S. coin has been minted, up to 1992, showing a train, but there have been several with wagons, boats, horses, and even a whale ridden by Neptune.
Trains are popular on our paper currency, considering the few changes made to the designs. These scenes are called "Vignettes".
Federal Reserve Notes of 1914, $10.00 and $20.00 bills ran for four (4) years. National Bank Notes of 1902, $50.00 bills, seem to have been printed in three issues but the trains ran from 1902 through 1908 on them.
Early State banks had a variety of rail scenes for example the 1860 Allegheny County Bank had an Ore car on the front of the $5.00 bill.
The American Bank Note Company has used rail-scene engravings for one hundred years, which are used on stock and bond certificates. These are some of the finest works of art and are sought after by collectors.