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.

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.

Flathead Freights: BNSF in Northwest Montana

March 15, 2022

Flathead Freights: BNSF in Northwest Montana

The BNSF Railway local road freight works five or even six days a week serving the timber and agricultural industries that survive here in Northwest Montana.

A Look Back at Bessemer

March 15, 2022

A Look Back at Bessemer

Other than the paint, the Bessemer & Lake Erie looks much the same today as it did in 2010 when orange locomotives made up the entire roster.

The Pilbara: More Magic

February 14, 2022

The Pilbara: More Magic

The majestic Pilbara region in Western Australia features iron ore action like no other railroad on earth — one trip wasn’t enough!

Pikes Peak Cog Railway Revival

February 14, 2022

Pikes Peak Cog Railway Revival

When the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway announced its shutdown for maintenance in 2018, many doubted it would ever reopen to carry passengers to the top of the mountains ever again…

Pan Am Railways’ East End

January 18, 2022

Pan Am Railways’ East End

Tracking the action on the former Maine Central lines from Mattawamkeag to Waterville on Pan Am Railways’ east end.