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 Annual Fund Raiser a Huge Success - 1/2/18

The annual fund raising drive to return 557 to the rails was successful beyond all expectations. President/ Project Manager Patrick Durand's thank you letter give details. For more information on the restoration, including the most current status report, or to contribute to 557's restoration either on-line of by mail go to the Engine 557 Restoration Company Web Page.

Tickets still available for the ski train - 1/21/18

The Ski Train takes you to Alaska’s roadless backcountry for a day of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. From Anchorage, the train journeys north to Curry, a remote area north of Talkeetna. Curry used to be home to a ski resort, long since lost to a fire; today, the Ski Train is a once-a-year chance to get out and explore this terrain. [More]

Railroad solicits ideas for 2019 official art print - 2/1/18

The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has extended the deadline to submit entries for its 40th annual commemorative artwork program to Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The railroad will commission the selected artist to create artwork that will become the basis for the 2019 Alaska Railroad official commemorative print. [More]

Dave Blazejewski photos wins Catch the Train Photo Contest - 1/3/18

The votes are in and the winner of the "Catch the Train" photo contest is Dave Blazejewski. The cover of the next Alaska Railroad's calendar will be graced with Dave's photo of the Fair Train as fireworks are set off at 10PM sharp.Blaze

Surplused cabooses

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
- Whittier
- Whittier loading dock
- ARR Depot (Denali N.P.)
- Wildlife cams

- Virtual Guidebook
- ARR Gift Shop, Facebook
- Alaska Railroad Flickr Group
- ARRrailfans Group
- Railpictures.net (ARR)
- Alaska's Digital Archive
- ARR Railfans on FB
- 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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