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.

Snow Battle in Huron County

January 17, 2022

Snow Battle in Huron County

In 2014, Goderich-Exeter Railway waged battle against Mother Nature to keep its southern Ontario main line open for freight and passenger service.

Railnews Review 2021: A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Railroading

December 31, 2021

Railnews Review 2021: A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Railroading

The editors of Railfan & Railroad take a look back at the biggest railroad stories of the year, while also looking ahead to see what railroading will look like in 2022.

Last Stand for Southern Pacific Searchlights

December 21, 2021

Last Stand for Southern Pacific Searchlights

Once a common sight across the Southern Pacific system, the last of the Union Switch & Signal searchlight-style signals are finally being retired.

City of Prineville Railway

December 21, 2021

City of Prineville Railway

More than 100 years ago, one city in Eastern Oregon made sure it would stay connected to the outside world by building its own railway.

Get Trackside? Send Us Your Best For ‘Along the Rails 2021’

December 17, 2021

Get Trackside? Send Us Your Best For ‘Along the Rails 2021’

Railfan & Railroad is looking for photos for our annual “Along the Rails” gallery in the March 2022 issue.

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.