Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry

MATI Hours of Operation

Summer Hours - Seven days a week from May 1st to September 30th, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Winter Hours - Tuesday through Saturday from October 1st, 2000, through April 30th, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 

Admission: Adult - $5.00, Student & Senior - $4.00,  Family - $12.00

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Tank car
Brownhoist locomotive crane, built by the Industrial Brownhoist Corporation for the United States Army in 1943.  It was transferred to the Alaska Railroad in 1947.  It was converted from coal to oil in 1958 and retired in 1980.  The crane is self propelled having a tender at the rear to carry fuel and water.  The unusual flatcar in the front of the train is an idler car and is used to carry the various pieces of rigging and slings for use by the crane.  The bent boom enables the crane to reach over boxcars and lift the entire car so it can be set back on the tracks. 
Alaska Railroad tank #ARRX1666 Built 1916.  Used for waste oil by the Alaska Railroad.
Type A Jordan Spreader.  This machine is one of more than 1,100 units built by the O.F. Jordan company of East Chicago, Indiana since the turn of the century.  It has done a multitude of grading tasks such as smoothing, fills, cut banks in flat areas for nearly 20 feet on either side of the tracks.  It can also be used for plowing snow.  The wings are moved by compressed air.  It has no power plant of its own.  Its propulsion is supplied by one or more locomotives.    Jordan Spreaders are still being manufactured and used by railroads all over the world. 
No. 7324 (builder no. 15244) is a GE 45-ton unit.  The Alaska Railroad acquired it from the U.S. Army in 1942.  It was rebuilt in 1974 and retired to the museum in 1983.