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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Engine 557 Annual Fund Raiser a Huge Success - 1/2/18

The annual fund raising drive to return 557 to the rails was successful beyond all expectations. President/ Project Manager Patrick Durand's thank you letter give details. For more information on the restoration, including the most current status report, or to contribute to 557's restoration either on-line of by mail go to the Engine 557 Restoration Company Web Page.

Two Alaska Railroad employees each mark 50 years in 2018 - 4/1/18

During the celebration, Alaska Railroad President & CEO Bill O’Leary presented 50-year service award pins and letters of recognition. And, because both the conductor and carman work in/around passenger train equipment, the event included special recognition involving passenger railcars and befitting the half century milestone. [More]

Artist Susan Watkins wins 2019 Art Print Contest - 4/1/18

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Railroad has selected Susan Watkins to create the artwork that will become the basis for the railroad’s official 2019 collector’s art print and poster. This is the second time Watkins has won the railroad’s annual art print contest, having created the 2013 art print painting. [More]

Aurora at Hurricane Gulch

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... .

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!).
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