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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Locomotive #557 "Giving Tuesday" - 11/29/16

"Giving Tuesday," marks the beginning the third annual Engine 557 fund raiser. Dick Morris has kicked it off with a personal commitment to match up to $5,000 in contributions between now and December 31. To have your contribution matched, you can contribute online or by check here. Donations for flue and tube sponsorships will be matched, but hurry, there are only two flues and 18 tubes left to be sponsored.

Book "Ol' 556" includes "The Return of 557" - 10/3/16

Ol' 556Shannon Cartwright, illustrator and author of Ol’ 556 has just completed the third printing of this great story of Alaska’s Mighty Steam Engine. She has included 4 pages featuring “The Return of 557” as a Bonus in this latest offering. Shannon has signed a stock of these just in time for the holidays and we offer them at $12.00 ea. plus $7.00 for Air Priority postage and handling. We can include a second copy for $12.00 in the same mailer at no additional shipping cost. You can order here.

ARR is best winter escape in the United States - 12/1/16

The Alaska Railroad operates year-round, connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks. Click here for more.

Railroad sets Annual Print Sale-and-Sign Events - 10/26/16

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will release its 2017 annual poster/print at three public sale and-signing events featuring artist Taffina Katkus, who will sign prints and posters. [More]

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 11/28/16

Only 2 flues and 18 tubes are still available to sponsor. They make an excellent birthday gift for the person who has everything and a nice memorial for a former railroad employee or rail fan. Donors are provided with a certification of their sponsorship. For details, or to see who has supported 557 by sponsoring one or several tubes or flues, go to the Engine 557 page under "donate."

NB Aurora at Talkeetna

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... .

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