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 Garners Grant Award - 7/31/15

The Engine 557 Restoration Company is pleased to announce that the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has selected the ARR #557 overhaul and restoration for receipt of a $10,000 matching grant. 557 is one of 11 projects that the Trust is supporting during 2015 and 2016. Double your donation, courtesy of the Trust! For further information and to make a donation, go to the Engine 557 page under "donate."

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 5/12/15

Sponsorship of new tubes and flues has proven to be a popular way to support the restoration of 557. A number of contributions have come from the "Lower 48" and from as far away as Germany and the United Kingdom. They are a popular birthday gift for the person who has everything and memorial for a former railroad employee or rail fan. Donors are provided with a nice 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."

WalthersProto HO scale
EMD F7A and F7B - 6/5/15

Have you purchased your pair of Walthers F7A and F7B locos yet? If not then you better hustle out and grab these limited edition - one-time run of these unit numbers. These highly detailed F7s can be purchased with or without Tsunami(R) Sound and DCC. Also, you'll find everything you need to model Alaska Railroad passenger operations here.

Get out there and ride the Alaska Railroad this summer - 6/1/15

Make yourself part of an unforgettable experience and hitch a ride on the last full service railroad in North America. Eye popping scenery, heart pumping wildlife and excellent service combine together to make a trip of a lifetime. Not enough for ya? The railroad also offers combined sightseeing tours such as heli-flightseeing, jeep safaris, river rafting, and iceberg hiking, just to name a few. So get on the phone now and make reservations for a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Chugach Explorer

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
- Valdez Harbor (east & west)
- Whittier
- Whittier loading dock
- ARR Depot (Denali N.P.)

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