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 and tender update - 3/15/17

TenderOften, it takes several months of hard work and nearly invisible progress before a milestone is reached. Jerry, assisted by Tom and Ken finally applied power to the newly rewired tender with spectacular results. To help return 557 to operation, 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

20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago I founded this web site with a simple mission in mind: to bring honor to and educate the public about the Alaska Railroad and to help others find related resources. Two decades later, I am still going strong with that same basic intent.

To celebrate twenty truly amazing years I am holding an email lottery. To learn more click here.

Big "E" Productions releases Alaska Railroad DVD - 4/6/17

"The Alaska Railroad" is a one hour nineteen minute DVD or Blu-ray video featuring the trains and traffic including all scheduled passenger and freight trains on the ARR between the ports of Seward, Whittier and Fairbanks. Click here for more information.

All tubes/flues have been sponsored! - 3/7/17

All flues and tubes have been been sponsored! Thanks to all who were part of this fund raising effort.

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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... .

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!).
© 1997-2017 John Combs unless otherwise noted
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