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.

Minnesota Commercial

September 21, 2021

Minnesota Commercial

Although General Electric power has made inroads, Alcos still can be found working around the Twin Cities on Minnesota Commercial Railway.

Rembrandt’s Alco

September 21, 2021

Rembrandt’s Alco

While they weren’t scheduled for Conrail paint, at least one ex-Lehigh & Hudson River Alco C-420 met the artist’s brush.

Mattapan: A Reprieve for Boston’s PCC Fleet

August 18, 2021

Mattapan: A Reprieve for Boston’s PCC Fleet

Boston’s MBTA has decided to rebuild the fleet of six classic PCC trolleys serving the Mattapan Line one more time… But what does the future hold?

Mississippi Export Railroad at 100

August 18, 2021

Mississippi Export Railroad at 100

This small southern Mississippi short line has carved out an existence in a hidden corner of the railroad world.

Ten Years on the River

July 22, 2021

Ten Years on the River

Pick almost any decade in the 20th century, and some aspect of railroading along the Upper Mississippi River changed profoundly. Despite changes in schedules and operators, the scenic wonder of this ancient river valley never falters.

American Locos in the Tropics: Yucatán Short Line

July 22, 2021

American Locos in the Tropics: Yucatán Short Line

Located in the southernmost portion of Mexico, this short line across the Yucatán peninsula features hand-me-down American diesels clawing their way through dense cities and Mayan jungles.

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.