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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Happy Birthday No. 557! - 11/2/14
The Alaska Railroad's last new steam locomotive, ARR #557, was delivered on November 2, 1944. On Sunday, November 2, 2014, she celebrates her 70th birthday. Wish her a happy birthday and be a part of ensuring she has many more with a generous birthday check. Birthday contributions can also be made on-line here.

Print this poster or flyer and hand it out to your family, friends and fellow railfans. Tax-deductible donations for Engine 557 Restoration Project are being accepted by The Alaska Community Foundation. To donate on line, click on this hyperlink and then enter "Engine 557" in the search field. Your donation of $25.00, $100, $1000 or more will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation and will help bring the 557 dream to reality.

Be on the lookout for #557 builder's plate - 11/17/14

Some rail fan has been keeping Baldwin Builder"s plate number 70480 safe for at least 50 years. Now it is time to bring the plate home to the proper place on the left side of 557's smoke box. We are looking forward to hearing all about its travels in the interim. Please duplicate and distribute this wanted poster to every rail fan you know!

Ramona Teen Wants to Acquire Restore Train - 11/15/14

RAMONA - Last month, the owner of a piece of ARR history contacted Madison Kirkman. The Cuyamaca, a railcar that a century ago linked San Diego to Lakeside, was the Ramona teen’s for the taking. More

Railroads Illustrated features jaw dropping article - 10/19/14

ARR railfan Jonathan Fischer has an 18 page 18 photo article entitled, "The Whittier Shuttle in Bear Valley." You must pick up your copy today!

Railroad Alaska premieres this fall - 10/5/14

Railroad Alaska returns for a second season chronicling everyday challenges faced by homesteaders living along Alaska's critical 650-mile-long railroad. More.

Smith retiring after 35 years

Alaska weather:
- weather.com
CC's interactive map. 
satellite image

Alaska webcams:
4th Ave & G St, Anchorage
- Alaska Marine Lines
- Anchorage port, Anchorage
- Cushman Bridge, Fairbanks
- FAA weather cams
- Whittier
- Whittier dock
- ARR Depot (DNP)

- Virtual Guidebook.
- ARR Gift Shop
- Alaska Railroad Flickr Group
- ARRrailfans Group
- Railpictures.net (ARR)
- Alaska's Digital Archive
- My past polls

This web site is dedicated in memory of Jeff Childs (1959-2000), railfan, friend and mentor. Jeff was my inspiration and driving force during the initial creation of this web site. Jeff's love for the Alaska Railroad was very contagious and 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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