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.

BNSF Railway Seligman Subdivision

November 18, 2020

BNSF Railway Seligman Subdivision

Stretching across desert floors, negotiating through rugged canyons, and navigating dense forests, the nearly 283-mile BNSF Seligman Sub continues to offer exceptional vantage points of contemporary railroad operations.

Seattle Railfan Guide

November 17, 2020

Seattle Railfan Guide

Anchoring the great Pacific Northwest alongside the deep and frigid waters of Puget Sound, the city of Seattle has a lot to offer for local and visiting rail photographers alike.

Reading & Northern Coal Country

October 20, 2020

Reading & Northern Coal Country

Andy Muller founded Blue Mountain, Reading & Northern in 1983 with a single branch line that has since grown into a busy freight rail network in eastern Pennsylvania.

Sugar Rush in South Florida

October 20, 2020

Sugar Rush in South Florida

U.S. Sugar hauls sugar cane on a network of nearly 300 miles of track south of Lake Okeechobee and between Palm Beach and Fort Myers, Florida.

The Enlisted Alco: MRS-1

September 17, 2020

The Enlisted Alco: MRS-1

In response to growing Cold War tensions in the early 1950s, the U.S. Army solicited bids for the MRS-1 from General Electric, EMD, and Alco, in the hopes of developing a new diesel locomotive that could be deployed domestically as well as in foreign territory captured in battle.

Ozark Survivors: Arkansas & Missouri Alcos

September 17, 2020

Ozark Survivors: Arkansas & Missouri Alcos

While the days of five- and six-unit C-420 consists are most likely over, the visiting railfan can still find up to 10 different Alcos working on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

A Tear in My Eye: BC Rail Budd Cars

August 24, 2020

A Tear in My Eye: BC Rail Budd Cars

It was the sad end of an era when BC Rail passenger service using Budd Rail Diesel Cars to reach remote parts of British Columbia came to an end in 2002.

Budd RDC Update

August 24, 2020

Budd RDC Update

The self-propelled Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) made its debut in 1949 as a way to help reduce operating costs, and continues to see limited use to this day.

Echoes Through the Canyon: Feather River

July 20, 2020

Echoes Through the Canyon: Feather River

The Feather River Canyon first saw rails when Western Pacific was completed in 1909. Great Northern was seeking to access the California Bay Area market from Klamath Falls, Ore., and joined with Western Pacific to form the Inside Gateway, opening in 1931.

Canadian Pacific Comes Full Circle in Maine

July 20, 2020

Canadian Pacific Comes Full Circle in Maine

Almost thirty years after departing from Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, Canadian Pacific returns to its old main line cutting across the top of the Pine Tree State from Megantic to McAdam.