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.

Arizona Eastern Railway

March 16, 2020

Arizona Eastern Railway

Two railroads meet in Clifton, Arizona, to serve the vital copper industry, Arizona Eastern Railway and Freeport-McMoRan Industrial Railroad, making the small town one of the busiest interchanges in the Southwest.

Burlington Northern’s Auburn Shop: Home, Sweet Home

March 2, 2020

Burlington Northern’s Auburn Shop: Home, Sweet Home

By 1976, Burlington Northern had reduced the EMD F-unit fleet to 115, which was still the largest concentration of cab units in America.

Portland & Western in the Willamette Valley

February 24, 2020

Portland & Western in the Willamette Valley

Moving to the Pacific Northwest was not just about Southern Pacific’s past; it was about rediscovering the present. Genesee & Wyoming’s Portland & Western operation keeps SP’s style of branchline railroading alive in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Story

February 24, 2020

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Story

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation mission to restore Chesapeake & Ohio 2716 is as much about historic preservation as it is about economic development.

East Broad Top Railroad to reopen this fall under new ownership

February 14, 2020

East Broad Top Railroad to reopen this fall under new ownership

Pennsylvania’s three-foot gauge East Broad Top Railroad will reopen this fall under the management of a new non-profit foundation including Wick Moorman, Bennett Levin, and Henry Posner III.

Pend Oreille Valley Railroad

February 4, 2020

Pend Oreille Valley Railroad

Part Great Northern, part Milwaukee Road, the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad celebrates forty years of serving industry in eastern Washington State.

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

January 28, 2020

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

White River Productions has added Railpace Newsmagazine to the company’s family of publications. The agreement between Railpace, Inc., and WRP was completed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Black Mesa Finale

December 19, 2019

Black Mesa Finale

The low price of natural gas forced the closure of the coalfired Navajo Generating Station in the northern Arizona desert, spelling the end of the line for the isolated Black Mesa & Lake Powell Railroad.

M-497: Built for Speed

November 27, 2019

M-497: Built for Speed

Despite trains like the Metroliner and later Acela reaching regular speeds of 150 m.p.h., no one has broken the American record set on a straightaway in Ohio 50 years ago by New York Central M-497.

Budd Cars for Portland

November 18, 2019

Budd Cars for Portland

The venerable Budd Rail Diesel Car soliders on in regular commuter service in Portland, Oregon. What led TriMet to choose this robust, classic design over more modern offerings?