Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska: The Alaska Railroad

As you might expect, the railroad has been a big part of Alaska's development over the years.

It was built by the federal government in 1923, and eventually reached from Seward to Fairbanks. It was vital in bringing supplies to regions of the state that could get them in no other way.

It still serves that function today, even though the federal government exited the business more than a quarter-century ago. The Railroad still carries freight, but it also serves as a way for tourists to see the state. There are a variety of tours available.

In addition, the Railroad works with the cruise companies who have extended their reach to the land. Holland America cars, for example, are pulled by Alaska Railroad engines.

The office is located near the Anchorage depot just a few blocks from downtown. There's a nice tribute to engines and days gone by across the street.

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