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.

Air Line Blues: Ontario Southland Bows Out of the Cayuga Spur

June 16, 2020

Air Line Blues: Ontario Southland Bows Out of the Cayuga Spur

Time has run out for the 25.5-mile St. Thomas–Courtland Cayuga Spur, one of the last remnants of Canada Air Line completed by Great Western Railway in 1873.

Escalante Western Farewell

June 16, 2020

Escalante Western Farewell

Operarting for 35 years in relative obscurity, New Mexico’s Escalante-Western Railway ceased operations at the end of April after delivering one final load of coal to the Tri-State Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt.

Railfan & Railroad Now Accepting Photos for Annual Contest

June 1, 2020

Railfan & Railroad Now Accepting Photos for Annual Contest

The contest will provide a skilled and/or lucky photographer the opportunity to see his or her photo grace the center spread of the September 2020 issue.

Hollywood’s Movie Railroad: Fillmore & Western

May 20, 2020

Hollywood’s Movie Railroad: Fillmore & Western

“Hollywood’s Railroad” is the Fillmore & Western Railway, operating on a former Southern Pacific branch line between the city of Santa Paula to the west and Piru to the east.

Canadian National GMD-1 Resurrection

May 20, 2020

Canadian National GMD-1 Resurrection

With only 14 left active on the roster, these Canadian National GMD-1 switchers have been high on the hit list of most Toronto-area railfans for some time.

Digging into the Nevada Northern Archives

April 28, 2020

Digging into the Nevada Northern Archives

A look at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum’s incredible archive that is now being digitized and put online.

How to Enjoy Railfanning While Staying at Home

April 17, 2020

How to Enjoy Railfanning While Staying at Home

Sheltering in place doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your hobby from the comfort and safety of your home.

Housatonic Today

April 15, 2020

Housatonic Today

The “new” Housatonic Railroad was chartered in July 1984 and operated passenger excursions from Canaan to Cornwall Bridge, Conn., on the former New Haven Berkshire Line.

Canadian National Takes the Scenic Route

April 15, 2020

Canadian National Takes the Scenic Route

During a time that saw more than 1,400 trains delayed or canceled due to illegal protests and rail blockades across the country, Ontario Northland hosted a total of 47 Canadian National detour trains over its lines.

WRP Welcomes Justin Franz to Staff of Railfan & Railroad

April 6, 2020

WRP Welcomes Justin Franz to Staff of Railfan & Railroad

WRP is pleased to announce that Justin Franz will be joining the full-time staff of Railfan & Railroad as an Associate Editor.