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.

SPSF: Shouldn’t Paint So Fast

June 17, 2021

SPSF: Shouldn’t Paint So Fast

Beginning in fall 1985, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe quickly rolled out their bright new SPSF merger image, never thinking their proposal would be denied. For trackside railfans, it meant an uncertain future for two giants of the West.

Alco Parts and EMD Hearts: Great Lakes Central Geeps

June 17, 2021

Alco Parts and EMD Hearts: Great Lakes Central Geeps

Riding on Alco trade-in trucks, these vintage Ann Arbor EMD GP35s are still going strong in home territory, now operated by Great Lakes Central.

Send your entries for the 2021 Railfan & Railroad Centerspread Contest

June 1, 2021

Send your entries for the 2021 Railfan & Railroad Centerspread 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 August 2021 issue.

BNSF and UP: Garbage to the Gorge

May 19, 2021

BNSF and UP: Garbage to the Gorge

BNSF and UP garbage trains destined for landfills at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge provide great photographic opportunities for visiting railfans.

Pan Am’s Big Hook

May 19, 2021

Pan Am’s Big Hook

The two wreck trains that Pan Am maintains are a rolling railroad museum, with a mix of vintage passenger and freight cars, and heavy hauling cranes.

Siemens: Charging into the Future

April 15, 2021

Siemens: Charging into the Future

The Siemens SC-64 Charger is quickly becoming the new face of American passenger railroading in the 21st century.

Life of a Pioneer

April 15, 2021

Life of a Pioneer

From 1997 until 1997, Amtrak’s Pioneer replaced an important missing link for those traveling between Seattle and Salt Lake City and beyond.

Southern Pacific’s Sprint to the Finish

March 16, 2021

Southern Pacific’s Sprint to the Finish

With the Southern Pacific era coming to a close as the Union Pacific merger loomed on the horizon in the mid-1990s, real main line action could be found on the Sunset Route in Arizona.

Sandaoling Steam Finale

March 16, 2021

Sandaoling Steam Finale

Chinese steam makes its last stand at the Sandaoling coal mine where beefy 2-8-2s with familiar American lines serve out their days.

The Pilbara: Magic in 2011

February 15, 2021

The Pilbara: Magic in 2011

An adventure to Australia to photograph busy iron ore railroads was a magical experience filled with friends, fun, and runaway ‘roos.