The Alaska Railroad (AkRR) from Seward and Whittier, in the south of Alaska, to Fairbanks and beyond, carries both freight and passengers between those two cities and to many destinations between them, including Denali National Park.
The railroad has a mainline over 750 km long . Currently there is no fixed land connection with any other railroad lines on the North American network.
AkRR railroad (south to north): Seward Kenai Park Whittier Gridwood Anchorage Talkeetna Denali Nenana Fairbanks (North Pole)
The Denali Star runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks (12 hours one-way) and back with stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park.
The Coastal Classic winds its way south from Anchorage along Turnagain Arm before turning south to the Kenai Peninsula, eventually reaching Seward. This 114-mile (183 km) journey takes around four and a half hours.
The Glacier Discovery provides a short (2 hour) journey south from Anchorage to Whittier for a brief stop before returning to Anchorage in the evening.
The Hurricane Turn provides rail service to people living between Talkeetna and the Hurricane area. This area has no roads, and the railroad provides the lifeline for residents who depend on the service to obtain food and supplies.
One of America's last flag stop trains, the Hurricane Turn train has delivered Alaska locals to their remote cabins since 1923. On this wilderness run, one can get off the train anywhere along the 55-mile stretch and return to civilization stopping the train on its return with the wave of a flag.
The Alaska Railroad Hurricane Turn
a yellow metal step stool to help in
A railway journey ahead…
Top deck of the Alaska Railroad.
Watching the AkRR train go by in the morning.
Anchorage to Seward
through Kenai park and Whittier
The Turnagain Arm is actually a glacial fjord. Located in the lower arm of the Cook Inlet, east of Anchorage, the Arm was named by Captain Cook on his last voyage to Alaska.
Pond near Girdwood: a fabulous start.
The region of Turnagain Arm experiences the second largest tidal range in the northern Americas, reaching twelve metres.
Reflections Along Turnagain Arm
Bird Point on Turnagain Arm
Bird Creek in the Chugach Park flowing heavily under the trestle bridge.
Arriving at Whittier
Arriving at whittier
The Kenai Fiords
Holgate Glacier at Whittier
From Whittier towards Seaward
A marsh reflects the Glacier Discovery at Portage
Twenty Mile bridge , Portage
Moose Pass is a small community at the heart of Kenai peninsula.
Crossing Trail Lake at Moose Pass
Surrounded by the Chugach Forest, Moose Pass is located south of Anchorage and north of Seward along the shoreline of upper Trail Lake.
Railroad Truss Bridge tressel near Seward
" Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park”
AkRR Seward terminal
Seward , Alaska
WINTER images Christmas AKRR to Anchorage
Reflection on Girdwood Pond
Anchorage to Seward .
Bird Point in Winter
Whittier to Portage
Beluga Point , named for the Beluga whales that frequent the Arm.
2 Anchorage to Fairbanks through Denali park
Anchorage International Airport
Boarding for the North
Interior of the Denali railcar
Dawn view, Denali Park ahead
Leaving Anchorage northbound
Eagle river bridge
Between Talkeetna and Denali
Denali Star on Knick river
Talkeeetna = “where the rivers join” in indian
Talkeetna is very small village
Denali Star passenger train crossing the Talkeetna bridge.
Hurricane Gulch Trestle Denali Star Train between Talkeetna and Denali.
The Hurricane Gulch Bridge is the longest bridge on the Alaska Railroad, spanning 914 feet across and 296 feet above Hurricane Creek.
Here, the Hurricane Turn train has pulled out onto the bridge to give the passengers a view of the gulch while the engine crew swaps ends to get on the south end of the train for the run back to Anchorage.
View to Hurricane Gulch
Gulch = ravine torrent. The railroad is about 300 feet above the streambed below.
In fall In fall
Halfway between Fairbanks and Anchorage, a remote bridge near Honolulu
Summit Lake, the highest point on the Alaska Railroad
Riley Creek bridge, just a few moments from its stop inside Denali
Bridge over the Nenana River at Denali
The “ million dollar curve ”,
the single greatest maintenance problem for the railroad
Denali Park, September
Hurricane Turn at Denali
Denali Park is home to North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley. The park also gives opportunities to see Alaska's wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, wolves, marmots , foxes, lynx and caribou. Denali Park is 8 hours by train from Anchorage.
Denali Star on a beautiful fall day
Mount Mckinley ahead
Mt. McKinley , Denali National Park and Preserve, from the Alaskan Railroad.
At over 20 000 ft (6 190 m) it is the tallest mountain on the North American continent.
The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather. A thermometer left exposed on Mount McKinley recorded a temperature of −100 °F (−73.3 °C) !
Snow River Bridge, way to Seward
Winter views from AkRR
Glacier view from AkRR
Baby Bear from AkRR
Forest and river from AkRR
Frozen Denali Park
Frozen Lake from AkRR
Snow Peaks from AkRR
Nenana depôt Originally an Indian village, Nenana (pop. 402) is located on the south bank of the Tanana River at the confluence of the Nenana River. Nenana is an Athabascan Indian word meaning "a good place to camp between the rivers".
One of the longest bridge span truss bridges in the world.
Mears Memorial Bridge , over Tanana River at Nenana,
Freight train in Healy Canyon, Nenana river
the curve north of Nenana
Curving out off Nenana River
Fairbanks, located in the heart of Alaska's Interior,is the state’s second largest city.
Fairbanks to North Pole
This railroad is mainly used by military, oil, and freight trains.
In Christmas there are special tourist trains.
Boarding at Fairbanks
Famous for its Santa Claus House shop.
Home to a refinery and military bases.
The name "North Pole" was to attract the toy industry to manufacture articles from the "North Pole". This endeavor failed. Now North Pole has the highest income in Alaska.
AkRR Sunrise, North Pole, - 40º
Fairbanks to North Pole
Toward Moose Creek
4 A rail journey in Winter
Bartlett Glacier in Winter
The ski train at Grandview
Gliding across the frozen Alaskan landscape
Can you feel the cold?
Hurricane Gulch bridge
At Fairbanks – houses along Tanana river.
The end of the jouney: near Bird Point, the glint of the setting alaskan sun…