2017 News Archive
(July - September)

Vandalism and thefts close the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension for travel - 9/30/17
By Sean Maguire

HOUSTON, Alaska (KTUU) - The Port MacKenzie Rail Extension’s 32-mile embankment has been closed to travel, after numerous incidents of vandalism and thefts in the last month.

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Engine 557: Getting history back on track - 9/29/17
By Mike Ross

WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - In an old warehouse in Wasilla, along the main line of the Alaska Railroad, dedicated volunteers are working to get a part of Alaska's history back on track.

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The incomparable and majestic Alaska Railroad is coming soon to Train Simulator! - 9/5/17
Dovetail Games
By Gary Dolzall

Across the entire globe, there are precious few demonstrations of railroading more majestic, more challenging, and more memorable than the remarkable Alaska Railroad – and soon, the southern portion of this incomparable rail line will be coming to Train Simulator with the Alaska Railroad – Seward to Anchorage route!

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Bi-level #602 gets a new coat of paint and yellow stripe - 9/5/17
By Robert Krol

Robert Krol sent us two photos of Brew 602's passenger car getting a new coat of paint and yellow stripe. (1, 2)


There’s only one coal plant being built in the nation, and it’s at UAF - 9/5/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Alex DeMarban

The nation's only coal-fired power plant currently under construction is being built at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a distinction that highlights the steep challenges facing the coal industry in Alaska and nationally — even as President Donald Trump fights to revive it.

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Historic Alaska Railroad equipment for sale - 9/1/17

Historic Alaska Railroad equipment for sale

"The locomotive cab is from #6/1. It was replaced during the attempted overhaul years ago. The two reefers are just mechanical refers used by the fish processor in Whittier for storage." - Patrick Durand


Holland America purchases coaches - 8/20/17
By Justin Perry

So, word on the street here in PA is that some of the ex-Norfolk Southern equipment may be heading north to Alaska...I guess it has been confirmed that Holland America bought a couple of coaches off NS.


Kenai Peninsula gets 6 projects in capital budget - 8/9/17
Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula will get a few projects funded in the Legislature’s fiscal year 2018, the majority of which are in Seward.

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Engine 557 Restoration Co. receives $10,000 in donations - 8/3/17
By Katie Stark

WASILLA -- On Monday, the Engine 557 Restoration Co. received two $5,000 checks to help further the refurbishment of their World War II era steam engine.

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Stubbs, Talkeetna’s honorary cat mayor, dies - 7/23/17
By Chris Klint

Stubbs, Talkeetna’s honorary cat mayor beloved by Alaskans and tourists alike, has died at the age of 20 according to the animal’s owners.

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Nobody hurt when train hits SUV in South Anchorage - 7/20/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Tegan Hanlon

No one was injured when a freight train crashed into an SUV in South Anchorage early Thursday, according to the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Railroad.

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