Extra Board

Welcome to Railfan & Railroad Extra Board, a monthly exploration of the passion for trains from many perspectives. Extra Board welcomes your submissions. We’re looking for about 1500 words accompanied by two or three photos. Each photo should be no smaller than 14 inches (or 1024 pixels) across at 72 dpi (no verticals, please). Brief caption information must accompany each photo. Please send your inquiries to the Webmaster for consideration.

Conrail Alcos of Conway

September 13, 2018

Conrail Alcos of Conway

The year 1976 was a pivotal point for Northeast railroading, with the formation of Conrail. The new railroad would assign most of its inherited Alco Century power to Conway Yard, which becme the units’ home base for maintenance.

405: A Rutland Survivor

September 13, 2018

405: A Rutland Survivor

Since purchased by the Rutland Railroad nearly 70 years ago, Green Mountain 405 has polished home rails ever since, thanks to the efforts of Scott Whitney.

The Final Decade of D&H

August 22, 2018

The Final Decade of D&H

A chance encounter led photographer Amanda McCarthy to document the final decade of operations along the Delaware & Hudson line operated by Canadian Pacific.

Conversations West 2018 Conference Comes to the California State Railroad Museum

August 14, 2018

Conversations West 2018 Conference Comes to the California State Railroad Museum

The new Conversations West 2018, to be held at the co-hosting California State Railroad Museum on September 21-22, 2018, is a full day of presentations about railroad photography and art focusing specifically on the American West.

The Call of Trains: Railroad Photography of Jim Shaughnessy

August 8, 2018

The Call of Trains: Railroad Photography of Jim Shaughnessy

No one told Jim Shaughnessy to go out and take great photos. He wasn’t influenced by his contemporaries. He simply followed his passions. This book is a spectacular retrospective of his work, and an overdue tribute to a photographer that has not sought the limelight, yet deserves it all the same.

476: A Legend Reborn

July 17, 2018

476: A Legend Reborn

Part of a fleet of steam locomotives ordered from Alco in 1922, narrow gauge K-28 2-8-2 no. 476 would enjoy a long career for the Rio Grande and later the Durango & Silverton.

Rails Around Richmond

July 10, 2018

Rails Around Richmond

Built up along the James River, approximately 200,000 residents call Richmond, Va., home. The city may be small, but has an abundant amount of CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak trains to photograph.

Tennessee Rocks: The Scenic Franklin Minerals Line

June 19, 2018

Tennessee Rocks: The Scenic Franklin Minerals Line

Lhoist North America’s former Franklin Minerals line between Crab Orchard and Rockwood, Tennessee, is sixteen miles of pure scenery, inhabited by a fleet of unique high-hood General Electric B23-7 diesels.

New England Geeps in Twilight

May 18, 2018

New England Geeps in Twilight

Is the lowly EMD GP9 worthy of praise? With all the charm of a battleship and the aesthetics to match, these unsung warhorses have all but disappeared from the American railroad landscape over the last 20 years.

Caltrain: The Peninsula Before the Wires

May 18, 2018

Caltrain: The Peninsula Before the Wires

Caltrain commute trains are the lifeline of San Francisco, carrying thousands in and out the city each day. With electrification of the busy corridor on the horizon, the landscape of Peninsula railroading is about to dramatically change.