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.

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.

Chase the Chewelah: BNSF in the Northeast Washington Backwoods

February 15, 2021

Chase the Chewelah: BNSF in the Northeast Washington Backwoods

This scenic former Great Northern branch in the northeastern Washington backwoods is home to BNSF Railway A-B-B-B-A GP60s and more.

Southern Railway of British Columbia

January 17, 2021

Southern Railway of British Columbia

Based in New Westminster, B.C., the railway is owned by Washington Companies (which also owns Montana Rail Link) and operates on nearly 125 miles of track, stretching through the Lower Mainland and scenic Fraser Valley.

Portrait of the North: Ontario Railroading

January 17, 2021

Portrait of the North: Ontario Railroading

In fall 2020, I embarked on a road trip across northern Ontario in an effort to capture photographs and discover how that storied railroading heritage has endured in some of the most rugged and challenging landscapes in the country. This is a portrait of the North, as seen through the railways that built a nation.

“Along the Line 2020” Deadline is January 20

January 7, 2021

“Along the Line 2020” Deadline is January 20

Did you get trackside with your camera in 2020? Did you capture something rare, interesting, or scenic? Consider sharing your photos with your fellow readers in our annual “Along the Line” photographic year in review.