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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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557 Receives Grant from Tom E. Dailey Foundation - 5/7/15

The Tom E. Dailey Foundation of Chicago has announced the award of a $2,000 grant to assist with 557's boiler repairs. Our sincere thanks go to the Foundation for their support.

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."

Frank Keller scores a publishing trifecta - 4/25/15

Frank Keller has been a busy bee publishing Winter in Alaska in the December 2014 issue of Railroads Illustrated, an 8 page Alaska Update 2015 in the 2015-1 issue of Passenger Train Journal and finally a feature on Alaska in the fall for Hotshot Railfan Magazine. Congrats Frank!

Rapido Trains releasing HO scale RDC - 2/19/15

The first release comprises the RDC-1 in Phase 1 and Phase 2 versions. Next up will be the RDC-2s and RDC-3s. The ALASKA Railroad had RDC-2's and RDC-3's, so please politely email Rapido Trains and ask for them to include the ARR units when they do those two models in the near future. Click here for more information.

Empty coal train on Eielson

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... .

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