Extra Board

Welcome to Trains & Railroad of the Past’s Extra Board! We explore a different perspective of classic late era railroading every month. 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.

Crazy for Conrail

January 18, 2016

Crazy for Conrail

If the Penn Central merger that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central together was a disaster, what would you expect to get when you add five more ailing bankrupt carriers? That’s what the managers of Conrail were faced with on April 1, 1976. There is one thing for sure, it was one of the most interesting times to be a railfan!

A Time for Turbines

November 9, 2015

A Time for Turbines

It sounds like the roar of a jet engine coming around the sharp curve at Summit’s west end and coming into view with a heavy eastbound drag is what appears to be another snub-nosed diesel in UP livery. It looks like a diesel carbody, but sounds like an airplane struggling to become airborne.

You Still Shoot Slides?

October 30, 2015

You Still Shoot Slides?

You could say I’m a bit of a dinosaur because I still shoot film. I’ve been shooting slides since 1999, somehow avoiding the whole digital revolution altogether…

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

October 13, 2015

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

It’s too late to experience the old Western Pacific in the hills of California… Or is it? Just because the trains are simulated at a museum or tourist railroad, does it make the experience any less real?