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I fell in love with the Alaska Railroad (ARR) after my wife and I rode it in the summer of 1986. We rode from the Anchorage station to Denali National Park where we backpacked and camped for several days. We returned to Anchorage with a long stop due to Federal Hours of Service Law. The crew had worked its 12 hour shift and a new crew had to be sent in. Not long after returning to my home in Ohio, I began modeling a 12' x 16' ARR HO layout in my basement.
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Engine 557 Annual Fund Raiser Kicks Off with $25,000 Challenge - 12/3/17

The Engine 557 Restoration Company's 2017 annual fund raising event is off to a fast start with commitments for $25,000 in matching contributions being made by two long-time supporters of 557. The first challenge is from Dick Morris. He will match up to $5,000 in contributions received through December 31, 2017. The second is from Jim Jansen, who upped the ante by committing to match up to $20,000 in contributions. The two challenges are running simultaneously. For the first $5,000 received, contributions will matched by both Dick and Jim, so a $200 contribution with $400 in matching funds will make a total of $600 available to return Engine 557 to operation.

A letter announcing the annual fund raiser provides additional details. Instructions for contributing online or by mail can be found here. Hand delivered contributions are welcomed at the 557 Engine House in Wasilla, but please make arrangements by calling the number listed on the 557 Web Page.

Alaska Railroad's art print now available - 11/6/17

Introducing the Alaska Railroad's 2018 Art Print by Alaskan artist Beverly Stevens! Entitled "Here Comes the Train," this vibrant watercolor depicts a winter setting with a dog team approaching 20 Mile River as an Alaska Railroad train crosses the bridge.

Catch the Train Photo Contest - 10/3/17

Do you have a great picture of the Alaska Railroad? The Alaska Railroad would love to see it! In fact, their awarding prizes for the best Alaska Railroad photos received. This year, the annual photo contest celebrates the centennial of Denali National Park and Preserve with the opportunity for the grand prize winner to visit the famed park aboard the Railroad and a stay at the luxurious Grande Denali Lodge. [More]

Winter storage

Alaska weather:
- weather.com
CC's interactive map. 
satellite image

Alaska webcams:
4th Ave & G St, Anchorage
- Anchorage port, Anchorage
- Cook Inlet, Anchorage
- Fairbanks
- Seward Harbor
- Whittier
- Whittier loading dock
- ARR Depot (Denali N.P.)
- Wildlife cams

- Virtual Guidebook
- ARR Gift Shop, Facebook
- Alaska Railroad Flickr Group
- ARRrailfans Group
- Railpictures.net (ARR)
- Alaska's Digital Archive
- ARR Railfans on FB
- 557 Restoration Co. on FB

This web site is dedicated in memory of Jeff Childs (1959-2000), railfan, friend & mentor. Jeff was my inspiration & driving force during the initial creation of this web site. Jeff's love for the Alaska Railroad was very contagious & will be greatly missed.
And in Memory of... .

The Alaska Railroad Logo is copyrighted and used with permission from the Alaska Railroad Corporation. All photos and graphics on this web site are protected intellectual property. This is not a photo sharing or information sharing website. Any and all images and info contained in this website belongs to the creator and copyright holder. Discrepancies should be reported to the webmaster immediately for correction or removal. All forms of reproduction, electronic or otherwise are prohibited. Thanks to Ed Timko for this page's banner image (and for updating the logo!).
© 1997-2017 John Combs unless otherwise noted
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