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 update - 2/11/17

Engine 557 volunteers will be be staffing a booth during Fur Rondezvous at the Alaska Railroad Depot as part of the Great Alaskan Train Show. Stop by and say hi, buy a pin, and sponsor a tube. Take a look at the HO and N scale model train layouts that only come out once per year. Friday, February 24 through Saturday, March 4. You can contribute here.

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 and we offer them at $12.00 ea. plus $7.00 for Air Priority postage and handling. You can order here

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 2/17/17

All flues have been sponsored and only 12 tubes remain available for sponsorship. They make an excellent birthday gift for the person who has everything and a nice memorial for a former railroad employee or rail fan. 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."

Alaska Railroad lays off 31 and cuts vacant positions - 2/12/17

The Alaska Railroad Corp. announced Friday it will eliminate 49 positions -- 8 percent of its workforce -- as it struggles with revenue declines and a drop in freight tonnage. [More]

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

Alaska webcams:
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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

Miscellaneous:
- 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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