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Alaska Railroad


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Alaska Railroad

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Alaska Railroad </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Official site </li></ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul>
  3. 4. AkRR railroad (south to north): Seward Kenai Park Whittier Gridwood Anchorage Talkeetna Denali Nenana Fairbanks (North Pole)
  4. 5. <ul><li>The Denali Star runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks (12 hours one-way) and back with stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>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.
  5. 6. 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.
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Alaska Railroad Hurricane Turn </li></ul>
  7. 10. <ul><li>Boarding… </li></ul><ul><li>a yellow metal step stool to help in </li></ul>
  8. 12. <ul><li>A railway journey ahead… </li></ul>
  9. 13. <ul><li>Viewing car </li></ul><ul><li>Top deck of the Alaska Railroad. </li></ul>
  10. 14. Watching the AkRR train go by in the morning.
  11. 15. <ul><li>1 </li></ul><ul><li>Anchorage to Seward </li></ul><ul><li>through Kenai park and Whittier </li></ul><ul><li>Seward Highway </li></ul>
  12. 16. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 17. <ul><li>Pond near Girdwood: a fabulous start. </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>Bartlett glacier </li></ul>AkRR
  15. 19. <ul><li>The region of Turnagain Arm experiences the second largest tidal range in the northern Americas, reaching twelve metres. </li></ul>
  16. 20. Reflections Along Turnagain Arm
  17. 21. Bird Point on Turnagain Arm
  18. 24. <ul><li>Bird Creek in the Chugach Park flowing heavily under the trestle bridge. </li></ul>
  19. 26. Girdwood Girdwood
  20. 27. <ul><li>Arriving at Whittier </li></ul>
  21. 28. <ul><li>Arriving at whittier </li></ul>
  22. 29. The Kenai Fiords  
  23. 32. Holgate Glacier at Whittier
  24. 33. From Whittier towards Seaward
  25. 34. A marsh reflects the Glacier Discovery at Portage
  26. 35. Twenty Mile bridge , Portage
  27. 37. <ul><li>Moose Pass is a small community at the heart of Kenai peninsula. </li></ul>
  28. 38. <ul><li>Crossing Trail Lake at Moose Pass </li></ul><ul><li>Surrounded by the Chugach Forest, Moose Pass is located south of Anchorage and north of Seward along the shoreline of upper Trail Lake. </li></ul>
  29. 42. Railroad Truss Bridge tressel near Seward 
  30. 43. <ul><li>Arriving in… </li></ul>
  31. 44. <ul><li>Seward </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park” </li></ul>
  32. 45. <ul><li>AkRR Seward terminal </li></ul>
  33. 46. <ul><li>Seward , Alaska </li></ul>
  34. 47. WINTER images Christmas AKRR to Anchorage
  35. 48. Reflection on Girdwood Pond
  36. 49. <ul><li>Anchorage to Seward . </li></ul>
  37. 50. Bird Point in Winter
  38. 51. Whittier to Portage
  39. 52. <ul><li>Beluga Point </li></ul>
  40. 53. <ul><li>Beluga Point , named for the Beluga whales that frequent the Arm. </li></ul>
  41. 54. <ul><li>Anchorage </li></ul><ul><li>Eagle River </li></ul><ul><li>Talkeetna </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Gulch </li></ul><ul><li>Summit </li></ul><ul><li>Denali </li></ul><ul><li>Healy </li></ul><ul><li>Ferry </li></ul><ul><li>Nenana </li></ul><ul><li>Fairbanks </li></ul>2 Anchorage to Fairbanks through Denali park
  42. 55. Anchorage Skyline
  43. 56. Anchorage International Airport
  44. 57. Anchorage depôt
  45. 59. <ul><li>Boarding for the North </li></ul>
  46. 60. <ul><li>Interior of the Denali railcar </li></ul>
  47. 61. Dawn view, Denali Park ahead
  48. 62. <ul><li>Leaving Anchorage northbound </li></ul>
  49. 63. <ul><li>Eagle river bridge </li></ul>
  50. 65. <ul><li>Between Talkeetna and Denali  </li></ul>
  51. 66. Denali Star on Knick river
  52. 69. <ul><li>Talkeeetna = “where the rivers join” in indian </li></ul><ul><li>Talkeetna is  very small village </li></ul>
  53. 71. Talkeetna bridge
  54. 72. Denali Star passenger train crossing the Talkeetna bridge.
  55. 74. Hurricane Gulch Trestle Denali Star Train between Talkeetna and Denali.
  56. 75. <ul><li>The Hurricane Gulch Bridge is the longest bridge on the Alaska Railroad, spanning 914 feet across and 296 feet above Hurricane Creek. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  57. 76. <ul><li>View to Hurricane Gulch </li></ul><ul><li>Gulch = ravine torrent. The railroad is about 300 feet above the streambed below. </li></ul>
  58. 77. In winter
  59. 78. <ul><li>In summer </li></ul>
  60. 79. In fall In fall
  61. 80. <ul><li>Halfway between Fairbanks and Anchorage, a remote bridge near Honolulu </li></ul>
  62. 81. <ul><li>Summit Lake, the highest point on the Alaska Railroad </li></ul>
  63. 82. Riley Creek bridge, just a few moments from its stop inside Denali
  64. 83. <ul><li>Bridge over the Nenana River at Denali </li></ul><ul><li>(Parks Highway) </li></ul>
  65. 84. <ul><li>The “ million dollar curve ”, </li></ul><ul><li>the single greatest maintenance problem for the railroad </li></ul>
  66. 85. Denali Park, September
  67. 86. <ul><li>Denali depôt </li></ul>
  68. 88. Hurricane Turn at Denali
  69. 89. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  70. 90. Denali Star on a beautiful fall day
  71. 95. <ul><li>Mount Mckinley ahead </li></ul>
  72. 96. <ul><li>Mt. McKinley , Denali National Park and Preserve, from the Alaskan Railroad. </li></ul>At over 20 000 ft (6 190 m) it is the tallest mountain on the North American continent.
  73. 97. The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather. A thermometer left exposed on Mount McKinley recorded a temperature of −100 °F (−73.3 °C) !
  74. 101. Snow River Bridge, way to Seward 
  75. 102. Winter views from AkRR
  76. 103. Glacier view from AkRR
  77. 104. Baby Bear from AkRR
  78. 105. Forest and river from AkRR
  79. 106. <ul><li>Frozen Denali Park </li></ul>
  80. 107. <ul><li>Frozen Lake from AkRR </li></ul>
  81. 108. Snow Peaks from AkRR
  82. 111. Nenana river
  83. 113. 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 &quot;a good place to camp between the rivers&quot;.
  84. 114. One of the longest bridge span truss bridges in the world. <ul><li>Mears Memorial Bridge , over Tanana River at Nenana, </li></ul>
  85. 115. Freight train in Healy Canyon, Nenana river
  86. 116. the curve north of Nenana <ul><li>Curving out off Nenana River </li></ul>
  87. 117. <ul><li>Fairbanks depôt </li></ul><ul><li>Fairbanks, located in the heart of Alaska's Interior,is the state’s second largest city. </li></ul>
  88. 119. <ul><li>3 </li></ul><ul><li>Fairbanks to North Pole </li></ul><ul><li>This railroad is mainly used by military, oil, and freight trains. </li></ul><ul><li>In Christmas there are special tourist trains. </li></ul>
  89. 120. <ul><li>Boarding at Fairbanks </li></ul>
  90. 121. <ul><li>North Pole </li></ul><ul><li>(pop 1645) </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for its Santa Claus House shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Home to a refinery and military bases. </li></ul>The name &quot;North Pole&quot; was to attract the toy industry to manufacture articles from the &quot;North Pole&quot;. This endeavor failed. Now North Pole has the highest income in Alaska.
  91. 122. AkRR Sunrise, North Pole, - 40º
  92. 123. <ul><li>Fairbanks to North Pole </li></ul>
  93. 124. Toward Moose Creek
  94. 126. 4 A rail journey in Winter
  95. 128. <ul><li>Bartlett Glacier in Winter </li></ul>
  96. 129. Northbound Aurora
  97. 131. <ul><li>The ski train at Grandview </li></ul>
  98. 132. <ul><li>Gliding across the frozen Alaskan landscape </li></ul>
  99. 134. Can you feel the cold?
  100. 135. <ul><li>Winter </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Turn </li></ul><ul><li>at </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Gulch bridge </li></ul>
  101. 136. <ul><li>Turnagain arm </li></ul>
  102. 140. At Fairbanks – houses along Tanana river.
  103. 141. <ul><li>The end of the jouney: near Bird Point, the glint of the setting alaskan sun… </li></ul>
  104. 142. Elderberry Park , Anchorage , waving good-bye…
  105. 143. The End
  106. 144. <ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>(photos and text): </li></ul><ul><li> (official site) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>© Mario Ricca, 2008 </li></ul>The Alaska Railroad