2017 News Archive

Mother Gold, Father Railroad -- The Birth of Wasilla - 12/29/17
by Skip Coghlan

Long long ago, the great Copper River Basin ice field covered land where the Copper and Matanuska Rivers now flow, shaping mountains and valleys as its glaciers paused, advanced, and retreated.

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Alaska Gov. Walker eyes dormant Mat-Su-to-Anchorage commuter rail plan - 12/27/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Nathaniel Herz

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker wants to advance a proposal for commuter rail service between Anchorage and the Mat-Su -- a project that's eluded planners even after being studied and talked about for decades.

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On track: Brew@602 scheduled to Thursday - 12/24/17
Peninsula Clarion

Everything at Brew@602 is on track for a Thursday opening, including the coffeehouse itself.

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Insurance settlement leaves Mat-Su on the hook for most of a $3 million fix to an empty dock - 12/18/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Zaz Hollander

PALMER –The only recent action at the Mat-Su port's 550-foot barge dock is almost $3 million in repairs since 2015.

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DOT has 'no estimate' on when Seward Highway may reopen - 12/18/17
By Leroy Polk

...The landslide also took out the guardrail, and poured over the railroad tracks, the witness told KTUU. Tim Sullivan, spokesperson for the Alaska Railroad, said that crews are on the scene now, and confirmed that the railroad tracks are impassible. He said it could be several hours before the tracks are cleared.

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ARRC hopper solicitation - 12/17/17

The Alaska Railroad Corp. has a solicitation for 90 used 100 or 110 ton hoppers. An anonymous source says they will be used for an export coal train with a requirement of 400,000 to 500,000 tons.

If you recall the ARRC decided to get rid of hoppers when the international coal market went soft. “They owed $4,000 per car, and when coal went away, they decided to sell them. At that time though, coal was down nationwide and there were hoppers stored everywhere. I don't know what they sold them for, but it could not have been much. At the same time, the UP had leased hoppers to ARR, which were not being used and were in storage, in Seward. ARR had tried to return them, but being the older, steel hoppers, UP did not want them back, and paid ARR to store them. They were making money doing absolutely nothing! ARR decided to buy those to keep the north end coal turn running without the aluminum hoppers.”


Alaska Railroad's Hopp to succeed Engebretson as COO - 12/12/17

The Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) has named Clark Hopp chief operating officer effective Jan. 1.

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Athearn announces HO and N scale Alaska Railroad mechanical reefers - 12/6/17

Athearn has announced PC&F 57' mechanical reefers. Orders are due 12/29/17 and will be shipped November 2018.

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Brew 602 Video - 11/19/17

Latest drone video of Brew 602 on Whistle Hill.

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Alaska Railroad drops contentious policy around private property near tracks - 11/14/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Devin Kelly

The Alaska Railroad Corp. board voted Tuesday morning to drop a contentious policy that levied fines and fees on homeowners with lawns, sheds and other property within 100 feet of railroad tracks.

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Little Eska engine a reminder of Matanuska Valley’s coal-mining past - 11/6/17
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Ray Bonnell

FAIRBANKS - A small industrial locomotive in front of the railroad depot in Palmer is a reminder of the Matanuska Valley’s coal-mining past.

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Alaska Railroad's 2018 Art Print by Alaskan artist Beverly Stevens

Introducing the Alaska Railroad's 2018 Art Print by Alaskan artist Beverly Stevens!

Entitled "Here Comes the Train," this vibrant watercolor depicts a winter setting with a dog team approaching 20 Mile River as an Alaska Railroad train crosses the bridge. This is Beverly Stevens’ first painting for the Alaska Railroad’s annual commemorative print/poster.

Join us to meet the artist and purchase a signed print or poster:

Anchorage Depot: Saturday, November 11th, 10am-2pm
Fairbanks Depot: First Friday, December 1st, 4pm-7pm


Restoring Engine 557:
Work continues on last steam locomotive to run with the Alaska Railroad - 11/6/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Bill Roth

Engine 557, an S160 class 2-8-0 consolidation steam locomotive, has come a long way since it first arrived in Alaska in December 1944.

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Mat-Su commuter train? We’ve got the rails, just need the will - 10/18/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Cynthia Wentworth

On April 5, 2017, Anchorage was fortunate to have Madison, Wisconsin's Mayor Paul Soglin speak at Alaska Common Ground's transportation series.

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Pride and progress in Whittier - 10/15/17
Alaska Dispatch News
By Marc Lester

WHITTIER -- No one has a better view of Whittier than June Miller. From her condo on the top floor of Begich Towers, she's been able to see the whole city for decades. Change happens gradually, but increasingly here, she said.

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Port Mac rail extension is 75% complete; embankment closed for travel - 10/2/17
By Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor

Officials with the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough said the last segment of the project was cleared in spring 2017 and surveyors continue to install monuments along the entire route.

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