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.

Last Gasp for Chinese Steam

July 25, 2022

Last Gasp for Chinese Steam

The coal mines of Sandaoling were home to the last holdouts for regular service steam locomotives in China, and around the world.

Tacoma’s Lakewood Sub

July 25, 2022

Tacoma’s Lakewood Sub

This BNSF secondary route was transformed into a robust main line to accommodate additional passenger trains in and around Tacoma.

Erie Lackawanna: Tower Tales

July 25, 2022

Erie Lackawanna: Tower Tales

Tower operators throughout Erie Lackawanna’s busy New York Division had to be quick on their feet to keep a busy schedule of freight and passenger trains moving smoothly.

Metra: Chicago’s Towers

June 20, 2022

Metra: Chicago’s Towers

Metra maintains three manned interlocking towers to ensure the smooth flow of commuter traffic through the greater Chicagoland area… but for how long?

Southern Pacific: South Bay Sentinel

June 20, 2022

Southern Pacific: South Bay Sentinel

For 75 years, Niles Tower stood watch from its namesake community, guarding a crossing of the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific.

Send Your Photos for the 2022 Center Spread Contest!

May 19, 2022

Send Your Photos for the 2022 Center Spread Contest!

The Center Spread Contest will provide a skilled and/or lucky photographer the opportunity to see his or her photo grace the center spread of the August 2022 issue.

Kansas City Southern: The Clock is Ticking

May 17, 2022

Kansas City Southern: The Clock is Ticking

With Surface Transportation Board approval, the clock is now ticking to capture Kansas City Southern before it is absorbed by Canadian Pacific.

Ghosts of the Pacific Electric

May 17, 2022

Ghosts of the Pacific Electric

You may have thought that Pacific Electric was obliterated long ago, but pieces of the mighty Big Red Car empire still exist, operated by Union Pacific, Los Angeles Metro, and others.

Iowa Northern’s Corn Belt Revival

April 20, 2022

Iowa Northern’s Corn Belt Revival

Given up for dead by Chicago & North Western in the 1990s, Iowa Northern has transformed this Chicago Great Western branch line into a successful short line operation.

Canadian National’s Fox Valley Finale

April 20, 2022

Canadian National’s Fox Valley Finale

Exploring Canadian National Fox Valley branch lines around Appleton, Wisconsin, in the final months before takeover by Watco.