Welcome to John's Alaska Railroad Web Page!
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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Thank you 557 supporters! - 12/17/14

The $5,000 challenge was a resounding success with a final total of $13,657 donated. After matching by the Rasmuson Foundation, 557 is another $37,314 closer to coming to life.

If you missed the challenge there is still time to take advantage of the Rasmuson matching grant. As of December 17, only $3,229.82 remains to retire the remainder of the $350,000 grant. Go to the ARR 557 pages and help us to get over the hump.

Help promote the restoration of 557. Print this flyer and share it with your friends."

Be on the lookout for #557 builder's plate - 11/17/14

Some rail fan has been keeping Baldwin Builder"s plate number 70480 safe for at least 50 years. Now it is time to bring the plate home to the proper place on the left side of 557's smoke box. We are looking forward to hearing all about its travels in the interim. Please duplicate and distribute this wanted poster to every rail fan you know!

Roundhouse Hobbies update from Randy Thompson - 1/13/15

I'm home in Washington for a short visit in mid-March and will be shipping all the RH orders on hand. Please mail any additional RH orders and payment (check, money order or paypal) by March 7th so I can be sure to fulfill your order while I'm there. An email to: randy17428@gmail.com to verify your order and payment type would be helpful and ensure your order is on hand and expedited as soon as possible. There's lots of new stuff out this spring and I still have some HO and N scale passenger cars available. Thanks for your understanding and patience. Hope to hear from all of you soon. My mailing address is on the RH website contact page.

30th anniversary of state ownership - 1/5/15

On January 5, 1985 the Alaska Railroad became the property of the State of Alaska in transfer ceremonies held in Nenana and Seward. For the next three years the railroad focused on correcting safety deficiencies identified in the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act. The railroad eliminated aging buildings and upgraded facilities and equipment system wide, creating a safer work environment in half the time allowed by the law.

Old Man Winter comes to AK

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
- Valdez Harbor (east & west)
- Whittier
- Whittier loading dock
- ARR Depot (Denali N.P.)

- Virtual Guidebook
- ARR Gift Shop, Facebook
- Alaska Railroad Flickr Group
- ARRrailfans Group
- Railpictures.net (ARR)
- Alaska's Digital Archive
- My past polls

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... .

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