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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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.

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. 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..

LNG tankers complete historic rail journey - 9/29/16

FAIRBANKS - Frost vapor filled the air and ice crusted the hoses at Fairbanks Natural Gas’ storage facility in south Fairbanks as history was made Wednesday. [More]

The Alaska Railroad Halloween Train - 9/26/16

The party begins aboard the Alaska Railroad as you travel between Anchorage and Girdwood in style, arriving to a enjoy dinner at the Hotel Alyeska and continuing on to a live concert at the Alyeska Daylodge. Overnight at the Hotel and enjoy a motorcoach ride back to Anchorage the following day. It goes without saying that costumes are encouraged! Includes: • Rail from Anchorage to Girdwood • Dinner • Concert ticket • Overnight at the Hotel Alyeska • Motorcoach transfer from Girdwood to Anchorage. Click here for more info.

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 9/9/16

Only 3 flues and 19 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."

Through the eye of the GoldStar

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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