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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Engine 557 Gets One Step Closer to Operation - 10/13/14

The Alaska Community Foundation and Engine 557 Restoration Company proudly announce the award of a $50,000 grant from the Atwood Foundation to support the restoration to operation of former Alaska Railroad steam locomotive #557. Click here for more information.

Print this poster or flyer and hand it out to your family, friends and fellow railfans. Tax-deductible donations for Engine 557 Restoration Project are being accepted by The Alaska Community Foundation. To donate on line, click on this hyperlink and then enter "Engine 557" in the search field. Your donation of $25.00, $100, $1000 or more will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation and will help bring the 557 dream to reality.

Railroads Illustrated features jaw dropping article - 10/19/14

ARR railfan Jonathan Fischer has an 18 page 18 photo article entitled, "The Whittier Shuttle in Bear Valley." This is the best I've seen published in my 18 year obsession with the ARR. You must pick up your copy today!

Railroad Alaska premieres this fall - 10/5/14

RAILROAD ALASKA returns for a second season chronicling everyday challenges faced by homesteaders living along Alaska's critical 650-mile-long railroad and the elite crew of workers that must keep the train rolling to deliver life-sustaining supplies. More.

ARRC sets annual print sale-and-sign events - 9/25/14

The ARRC will release its annual poster/print entitled "Whittier Surprise" at four public sale-and-sgning events featuring Dawn Gerety who will sign the prints and posters. More.

The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords - 8/4/14

Doug Capra has written a book that contains quite a few references to and stories connected to the Alaska Railroad (and the Alaska Central and Alaska Northern). It is available now at Amazon.com.

No. 4319 at Parks Highway

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

Alaska webcams:
4th Ave & G St, Anchorage
- Alaska Marine Lines
- Anchorage port, Anchorage
- Cushman Bridge, Fairbanks
- FAA weather cams
- Whittier
- Whittier dock
- ARR Depot (DNP)

- Virtual Guidebook.
- ARR Gift Shop
- 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 and mentor. Jeff was my inspiration and driving force during the initial creation of this web site. Jeff's love for the Alaska Railroad was very contagious and 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!).

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