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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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Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded a $9,000 matching grant - 8/1/16

We are pleased to announce that the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded a $9,000 matching grant to partially fund the installation of stay bolts and repair of the running gear. 1,000 new stay bolts are on hand and the 557 volunteers are in the process of installing sleeves (and accruing "sweat equity" towards the grant's matching requirement) to allow conversion of over 1/3 of the rigid stays to flexible stays to decrease long-term boiler maintenance. Once this preparatory work is completed, the grant will help fund a visit by our boiler expert from Steam Services of America in North Carolina to get the actual stay installation process started and to train 557 volunteers in the fine art of installing the stays in a steam locomotive boiler. Thank you to the Trust!

This is a matching grant which requires a 1:1 match of newly raised funds, volunteer labor, and/or in-kind donations of goods related to the purpose of the grant before the funds are released. If you have not made a personal financial contribution to Engine 557 Restoration Company for 2016, please consider doing so now. Donor information can be found under here..

The Alaska Railroad has got the blues - 8/27/16

Tender
Ride the rail to Seward and take in the sweet sounds of live blues music courtesy of the Ira Sellers Band – along with a righteous spread of appetizers, a couple of drink tickets and no host bar. Dates are Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, September 25. Click here for more info.

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 2/15/16

Only ten flues and 34 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."

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Alaska weather:
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CC's interactive map. 
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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.
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