1000 Anchorage


Art Gibson photographed the Fair Special ARR #1000 North when he took the train to Palmer on Sept. 1, 1957. Standing on the Anchorage depot platform, #1000 sports the ice breaker bar required for her regular runs to Whittier. Looking out behind the loco, you can see the mud flats, Knik Arm and Mt. Susitna (Sleeping Lady). This was before the railroad developed this area, moving the main line onto fill and another bridge across Ship Creek, away from the depot platform. The Seward Observation #5 is bringing up the rear of the train. The North bound Fair Special was turned on the Y at Matanuska and backed to the Palmer Depot where Art captured the scene. The Palmer State Fair Grounds were right in Downtown Palmer, about a four block walk from the Depot. The clouds and the mud puddles confirm that it is "Fair Time".
Photo courtesy of W. A. Gibson Jr.
Commentary by Pat Durand