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.

That Which Could Have Been

October 18, 2023

That Which Could Have Been

Publisher Kevin EuDaly recalls a special trip to visit North Shore Mining operations in the heart of Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Shenandoah Valley Railroad

September 15, 2023

Shenandoah Valley Railroad

An ex-Norfolk & Western RS-11 was an unlikely candidate for a Virginia short line previously dependent on EMD power.

Export Alcos Today

September 15, 2023

Export Alcos Today

Alco-designed locomotives can still be found at work around the world in South America and Asia, but for how much longer?

MBTA Green Line: Boston’s Link to the Future

August 15, 2023

MBTA Green Line: Boston’s Link to the Future

Boston’s Green Line light rail system has been an important feeder for the city’s transit system for more than a century, and continues to grow.

ALC-42s Taking Charge

August 15, 2023

ALC-42s Taking Charge

Despite initial teething problems, the Siemens ALC-42 Charger is the new face of Amtrak’s regional and long-distance service.

Send Your Photos for the 2023 Center Spread Contest!

August 10, 2023

Send Your Photos for the 2023 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 November 2023 issue.

Railfan Guide to Sacramento

July 16, 2023

Railfan Guide to Sacramento

A visiting railfan will find so much to discover in Sacramento, including Union Pacific, BNSF, Amtrak, and light rail action.

Canton Railroad

July 16, 2023

Canton Railroad

For more than 100 years, the Canton Railroad has been serving the industrial waterfront around Baltimore Harbor.

Kansas City Southern Farewell: Goodbye, Miss Belle

June 15, 2023

Kansas City Southern Farewell: Goodbye, Miss Belle

Kansas City Southern passes into history and we celebrate the memories across the decades, with an intimate look through the eyes of a longtime fan.

SEPTA at 40

June 15, 2023

SEPTA at 40

After unifying two separate commuter rail systems serving Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority looks to the future.