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.

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.

Camera Bag: Pre-Envisioning

April 4, 2020

Camera Bag: Pre-Envisioning

While we seldom consciously think about it, one of the skills that we acquire as railfan photographers is the ability to “pre-envision” a picture.

Deux Montagnes Line Au Revoir?

March 16, 2020

Deux Montagnes Line Au Revoir?

Canada’s only heavy rail electrified passenger line is set to be converted to light rail within a couple of years, with drastic changes already taking place.

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.