2015 News Archive
(April - June)
By Frank Keller

As the saying goes the only constant in life is change, so with that thought nestled tightly within the confines of my head I packed my belongings and moved from Colorado to Alaska.

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Now it can be told: 100-year-old ledger sheds new light on Anchorage in 1915 - 6/16/15
Alaska Disptach News
By Mike Dunham

In July 1915, the public had its first chance to buy land in what would become the city of Anchorage. Men and women congregated in a muddy, buggy open space, peered at maps of the wilderness 100 yards up the hill from them, counted their dollars, made calculations and vied to get a piece of Alaska straight from the federal government. 

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Nenana railroad depot opens historical hotel - 6/9/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Kris Capps

NENANA, Alaska - This summer, you can go back in time and even spend the night there. The historic Alaska Railroad depot in Nenana is renting rooms above the museum.

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On Alaska Railroad, wilderness worth the waits - 6/9/15
By John Flinn

It's our third delay since Fairbanks, but no one is complaining. On the Alaska Railroad, delays are usually the highlights of the trip.

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Alaska Railroad head: Controlling right-of-way is vital to operating safely - 6/2/15
Alaska Disptach News
By Bill O’Leary

In a recent commentary, an Anchorage resident offered his opinion on issues regarding the Alaska Railroad’s Right of Way (ROW) and its use by the public. Unfortunately, the commentary contained inaccurate information, and those of us at the Alaska Railroad feel it is important to respond.

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News from Engine 557 Restoration Company

The raffle drawing for the Denali Car day trip and other prizes was held on May 12, 2015 and the winners were:

Sally G. Allee of Palmer, Alaska
1st Prize: Denali business car day trip to Seward      

Ken Evans of Anchorage
2nd Prize: 6 RT tickets Anchorage Fairbanks and 3 rooms at Chena Hot Springs Resort   

Virginia White of Palmer, Alaska
3rd Prize: Print #96 of "Extra 557 Returning" by J. Craig Thorpe

Sherry Jackson at the Museum Of Alaska Transportation and Industry managed the event under MATI gaming permit #707. The Museum retained 15% of the gross and the balance of $10,441.00 accrued to the Engine 557 Restoration Company tax free.  

The Alaska Railroad Corporation and Chena Hot Springs Resort donated all the major prizes. The Denali car charters for $10,000.

Special thanks to those folks who take up the challenge of selling the tickets to prospective winners!   Fred Walatka, of Anchorage is a long time supporter of MATI and 557.  Fred sold three books for a total of $3,000 topping the list of ticket peddlers.

Finally, thank you all who purchased tickets in support of 557.

Patrick Durand, President
Engine 557 Restoration Company

Anchorage, railroad have ties that bind - 5/18/15

The Alaska Railroad is the tie that binds the state together. It is the reason for Anchorage. It exemplifies Alaska.

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Interior Energy Project moving ahead, bit by bit - 5/17/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Matt Buxton

FAIRBANKS - The meeting may have been filled with a mind-boggling array of numbers, complex financial modeling and technical jargon, but the message was that progress is being made on the renewed effort to bring natural gas to Fairbanks.

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Work underway to link Clear Air Station to electric grid - 5/12/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Jeff Richardson

FAIRBANKS - Golden Valley Electric Association is planning to install a 2.4-mile high-voltage transmission line to Clear Air Station this summer, giving the radar site a long-sought link to the Interior electric grid.

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Walker signs bill allowing bonding for rail safety system - 5/7/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska - Legislation authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corp. to issue up to $37 million in bonds to help pay for a federally mandated safety system has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker.

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Alaska Railroad sees decrease in moose deaths caused by trains - 5/5/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Casey Grove

ANCHORAGE - Fewer moose were struck and killed by trains in winter 2014-2015 than the previous 10 years as a result of low snowfall across much of Southcentral Alaska, according to the Alaska Railroad and the state Department of Fish and Game.

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Take in Alaskan scenery, wildlife on 12-hour rail ride - 5/5/15
Chicago Tribune.com
By Jay Jones

There's a curious mix of passengers aboard the Denali Star as the whistle blasts twice and the train pulls away from the Anchorage depot, beginning its journey north to Fairbanks on a 12-hour trip that packs in a lot of Alaska for passengers.

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Alaska Railroad Trips That Suit the Whole Family - 4/25/15
by Erin Kirkland

Since the early 1900's, Alaska's rail system has provided a viable means of transporting goods and people across the rugged landscape we call home.

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Railroad Days - 2015 Alaska Railroad Open House - 4/17/15

Come celebrate Railroad Days with free train rides, train displays and upbeat live music.

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Oilfield freight balances refinery freight loss for Alaska Railroad - 4/12/15
Alaska Disptach News
Associated Press

The Alaska Railroad says supplying oilfield activity on Alaska's North Slope helped offset revenue losses in 2014 from the closure of the North Pole refinery.

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Bill allows Alaska Railroad to issue bonds for safety technology - 4/5/15
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Associated Press

JUNEAU - The Alaska Railroad Corp. would be allowed to issue up to $37 million in bonds to help implement federally required safety technology under legislation passed by the House.

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