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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2015 Fund Raising Drive - 12/1/15

December brings the second annual engine 557 fund raising drive. Board members Dick Morris and Maria Keffer have started it off with a $5,500 matching gift challenge. 2015 was a big year for 557, help make 2016 even bigger. Please send your check or donate on-line to the addresses in the letter here. Flue and tube sponsorships are eligible for a matching contribution.
*Dream Big, Dream Steam!*

Sponsor a tube/flue for 557's restoration - 12/18/15

Over two thirds of the tubes and flues are spoken for. They make and excellent Christmas or birthday gift for the person who has everything and a nice memorial for a former railroad employee or rail fan. Donors are provided with a 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."

Alaska State Rail Plan Draft Online Review- 1/21/16

Check out the Alaska State Rail Plan Draft (ASRP) Online Review website. Its purpose is to:

- Provide background information on the State Rail Plan
- Hear your suggestions for prioritizing short and long-term rail investments
- Encourage and document your comments on the draft ASRP.

Click here for more info.

Breathtaking views come one after another - 12/20/15

From your window, you see moose and elk grazing regally in green fields below a ridge line of gorgeous snow-covered mountains, including the big daddy of them all in North America — 20,310-foot Mount Denali, nee McKinley. [More]

Winter freight at Denali

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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