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.

Railfan & Railroad 2019 Heritage Rail Tour of Pennsylvania and Delaware

December 6, 2018

Railfan & Railroad 2019 Heritage Rail Tour of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Join editors Steve Barry and Otto Vondrak this September on a fantastic five-day tour of heritage railroads in Pennsylvania and Delaware!

What’s The Deal With Mirrorless Cameras?

November 22, 2018

What’s The Deal With Mirrorless Cameras?

So then just what the heck do you get if you go with one of these newfangled cameras? At the outset, you will be getting the latest in sensor technology and image quality with features such as a tilting screen that makes very low or very high angle shots possible.

When They Were New: Southern Pacific AC4400CWs

November 22, 2018

When They Were New: Southern Pacific AC4400CWs

Brand-new General Electric AC4400CWs were the shot in the arm Southern Pacific needed to modernize its diesel fleet in the 1990s. The locomotives pulled well, with the only major issue being that for some crew members, it took a little time to get used to the new electronic gauges and desktop placement.

Remembering Photographer John Gruber

November 13, 2018

Remembering Photographer John Gruber

Photographer John Gruber passed away on October 9 following a brief illness at age 82. Founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, his own innovative style inspired a generation of railroad photographers.

Remembering the Dutchman’s Curve Wreck

October 23, 2018

Remembering the Dutchman’s Curve Wreck

On July 9, 1918, the deadliest train wreck in American history occurred just west of Nashville, Tenn., when two passenger trains collided head-on, claiming more than 100 lives.

When Alcos Came from GE: Part 2

October 23, 2018

When Alcos Came from GE: Part 2

Delaware & Hudson found the answer to its motive power needs at GE Hornell to acquire rebuilt Alco Centuries through a partnership with Genesee & Wyoming.

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.