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My dad was an officer for The Alaska Railroad.
As a railroad brat, I had access to a free pass as did several of my friends.
I don't remember who the conductor was, but he was our favorite. He worked the Tuesday passenger train.
While I don't know for certain, I suspect that the "mini Alaska Railroad Train" that ran the tracks of Kiddy Land, an amusement park filled with carnival rides, located just outside of Anchorage, Alaska, was the first in Alaska railroad history.
There was only one place for my brother and I to sit on this run of the Alaska Railroad.
It was on a pile of dirty laundry in the luggage car.
Scenic Seward to Anchorage, July 2008
Experience the gold rush. Skagway, Alaska White Pass and Yukon Route railroad
From your train station to peaceful railway trips through beautiful valleys surrounded by majestic Alaskan mountains and over swift running streams and rivers.
The railroad is an amazing way to be see incredible scenery and to be transported from one place to another in the 49th state.
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Anchorage's Mini Railroad
While I don't know for certain, I suspect that the "mini Alaska Railroad Train" that ran the tracks of Kiddy Land, an amusement park filled with carnival …
A The Alaska Railroad Brat
My dad was an officer for The Alaska Railroad. As a railroad brat, I had access to a free pass as did several of my friends. I don't remember who …
Riding the Laundry Train Car
There was only one place for my brother and I too sit on this run of the Alaska Railroad. It was on a pile of dirty laundry in the luggage car. Yes, we …
Have you ever gone to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska by riding the train?
Or maybe you've taken the train through the tunnels to Whittier, Alaska. The Alaska Railroad is near and dear to the hearts of Alaskans.
Mary and I often talk about the trains in Alaska because our friends in the "lower 49" enjoy hearing about how you can stand beside the tracks out in the middle of nowhere and the train will stop and pick you up.
Tourists love the Alaska train because they can sit in the Observation Dome cars as they ride the train through Mount Denali park, or along one of the many other scenic routes.
For many who call the great state home and live out in "the Alaskan bush" the train is a connection to civilization, supplies and medical services. They can ride the train on in to Anchorage, have dinner, take in a movie, pick up supplies, take care of some business and then take the train back.
Check out the Alaska Railroad website to learn more
As co-creator of this website, Anchorage Memories.com, Mary has a real connection to the railroad. He mother Fedoria and her father Simon Samis both worked on the train out of Anchorage.
And her family often road the train to get to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.
As a result, Mary and I often ride a vintage railroad near our home as a nice Sunday outing with lunch in the dining car and a peaceful scenic trip through orange groves and rural communities. It's not the same as Alaska, or the states own unique railway service, but it's a nice "tip of the hat" to those Alaska railroad days.
What are your stories and memories of the 49th state's railway?
Did you take the train to the Alaska State Fair? Did you travel through Mount Denali Park by train? Or did you have another adventure while riding the Alaska's train?
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