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.

Shark Hunt on the Delaware & Hudson

November 17, 2021

Shark Hunt on the Delaware & Hudson

The last surviving pair of Baldwin RF-16 “Sharks” enjoyed a splashy career in the mid-1970s working branch lines on the Delaware & Hudson.

Endless Encore at Stampede Pass

November 17, 2021

Endless Encore at Stampede Pass

Hard to believe it’s been a quarter century since BNSF Railway breathed new life into the Stampede Pass route that sat dormant for more than a decade.

Chasing Greens on LS&I

October 26, 2021

Chasing Greens on LS&I

Former Burlington Northern Cascade Green General Electric diesels live on hauling ore on Michigan’s Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railway.

Victorian Steam Roundup at Cumbres & Toltec

October 26, 2021

Victorian Steam Roundup at Cumbres & Toltec

Five meticulously restored Victorian-era steam locomotives took part in Cumbres & Toltec’s 50th anniversary celebration this past August.

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.