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.

CSX: Leaving Boston

April 15, 2019

CSX: Leaving Boston

More than 180 years of continuous rail freight service linking Boston with western connections via the Berkshire Mountains have drawn to a close with CSX’s slow retreat from the city over the last few years.

The South Branch Valley Railroad

March 24, 2019

The South Branch Valley Railroad

The South Branch Valley Railroad was launched by the state of West Virginia in 1978 to preserve freight service for agricultural customers on this scenic Baltimore & Ohio branch line.

A Visit to the Wilmington & Western

March 24, 2019

A Visit to the Wilmington & Western

Operating on a former Baltimore & Ohio branch line since 1966, the Wilmington & Western Railroad provides Delaware’s only regularly scheduled steam operations through the scenic Red Clay Valley.

Trona Railway Today

February 13, 2019

Trona Railway Today

Seven days a week, Searles Valley Minerals crews mine the lakebed for valuable mineral compounds that are hauled out by the venerable Trona Railway Company.

Montana Rail Link’s Gas Local

January 18, 2019

Montana Rail Link’s Gas Local

For two decades, Montana Rail Link’s twice-daily Gas Local has moved petroleum products across western Montana between Missoula and Thompson Falls for ConocoPhillips.

A Visit to the Allentown & Auburn

January 18, 2019

A Visit to the Allentown & Auburn

The Allentown & Auburn Railroad is preserving the heritage of a scenic Reading branch line in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Bucks County for future generations to enjoy.

SEMTA: Motor City Commuter

December 22, 2018

SEMTA: Motor City Commuter

Suburban politics and SEMTA funding conflicts spelled the end of Detroit’s 26-mile Grand Trunk Western commuter line to Pontiac in 1983.

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.