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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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No. 557's boiler work is underway - 1/1/14

Number 557's boiler work is underway!  We have contracted for the new fire tubes and superheater flues and fabrication of the replacement rear flue sheet and door sheet.

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.

Release of "Extra 557 Returning" portrait - 3/19/14

Exclusive to alaskarails.org:  
Engine 557 Restoration Company is pleased to announce the release of "Extra 557 Returning"  The original oil painting will be revealed sharply at 5:57 p.m. on May 2, 2014, at the Historic Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage, Alaska. Artist, J. Craig Thorpe will make a brief presentation followed by recognition of major in-kind contributors to the restoration of Engine 557.  Numbered prints and Giclee prints on canvas will be available for purchase at the event.   The all volunteer 557 Mechanical Department Crew will be on hand meet and greet patrons.

As regular visitors to alaskarails.org, you have an opportunity to make advanced purchase and obtain delivery of these prints.  The order form, artist statement and sample image with the artist, are to be found right here.

Inspiration for the Iconic Alaskan setting of "Extra 557 Returning"  was this image captured by world wide known train photographer, Philip Wormald.

In the shadow of Pioneer Peak

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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