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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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Full steam ahead for egine 557 restoration - 8/26/14

Generous grants were received from the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association and the National Railway Historical Society. Special thanks to Rasmuson Foundation for generously matching donations to Engine 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.

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). The book is called The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. It should be available sometime in August 2014.

Holm's family given 557 painting - 8/1/14

Moses Lake, WA - The 557 is riding the rails again in a painting designed to help raise money for her restoration. The Engine 557 Restoration Company has made 557 prints of the painting, print No. 1 was presented Tuesday to Karen Rimple, daughter of former 557 owner Monte Holm. [More]

As traffic grows, Whittier tunnel flourishes during summer months - 7/1/14

Fourteen years ago, the $80 million Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel opened for the public to drive cars, motor homes and trucks hauling fishing boats between Portage and Whittier. [More]

Jeff Snyder retire after 36 years

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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