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 Restoration Co. receives $10,000 in donations - 8/3/17

WASILLA — On Monday, the Engine 557 Restoration Co. received two $5,000 checks to help further the refurbishment of their World War II era steam engine. [More]

You can be a part of getting Alaska Railroad Locomotive #557 back on track. Click here to find out ways you can help or send a donation now.

Hop on board the Fair Train - 7/5/17

Take the Fair Train to the Alaska State Fair and save on fuel, parking and headaches! Avoid the traffic jams and enjoy a scenic and relaxing ride from the Anchorage Depot to the fair grounds in Palmer. The Fair Train operates weekends during the State Fair from the end of August through Labor Day. Click here for more information.

Rapido announces HO scale ARR RDCs - 8/3/17

Rapido announced an Alaska RR RDC-2 in road numbers 711 & 712. Due: late 2018, MSRP $325 for DCC and Sound. The dark blue looks purple but am assured it's not going to be purple on the models. Reserve them through Roundhouse Hobbies at info@roundhousehobbies.com. No deposit required, RH discount applies and will ship when received in late 2018.

John's Alaska Railroad Web Page recognized for 20 years of service - 6/18/17

On May 27, 2017 an informal meeting of the Engine 557 Board of Directors was convened at the Historic Anchorage Depot.  Only one item was on the agenda, to welcome and honor John Combs the creator and web master of alaskarails.org.[More]

Alaska Railroad: History Through the Miles - 7/6/17

Barton Jennings has published a new book entitled, Alaska Railroad: History Through the Miles. From Seward to Fairbanks, this book describes the route of the Alaska Railroad past and present, plus the sights and wildlife that have fascinated visitors for more than 100 years. This book includes detailed route guides for the Alaska Railroad, information about the history of the railroad, the history of Alaska, and current railroad operations. You can purchase it here.

Potter Marsh boardwalk

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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