"The Portage Meet"
A fairly common move at Portage on days when afternoon southbound Whittier freights run is for the 120S or the 125S to meet the "Glacier Discove... (more)
"Mountains of Portage"
While waiting on the Whittier-bound 120S to pass through the wye at Portage we had some time to kill while waiting on a delayed "Glacier Dis... (more)
An interesting detail in the paint scheme on the Alaska Railroad's SD70MACs is the inclusion of the state flag with the Big Dipper and Polaris on the long hood... (more)
Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of Bear Creek is the last Alaska Railroad FP7 remaining in the 49th state. It's also holds the title of the last FP7 to ... (more)
"The Serpent of the Turnagain Arm"
A two-headed serpent nearly 8,000ft in length and weighing nearly 10,000 tons slithers its way along the east shore of the Turnagain ... (more)
"Notching Out of Town"
A trio of GP40-2s lead by one of three geeps wearing its as-delivered paint stretches the 120S through South Anchorage on the way to the Port of Whittier. ... (more)
"Retirement Job in Alaska"
If you set out looking for the retirement homes of Amtrak F40s two of them will take you to the 49th State. A pair of ex-Amtrak screamers (#244 and #26... (more)
"The State Fair at Palmer"
The real star from the 1985 action movie "Runaway Train" had an easy assignment during the week of my trip to Alaska of shuttling passengers to and fro... (more)
"Fairbanks Freight at Golden Hour"
Moments before the sun set below the distant horizon the ARR 130N freight for Fairbanks, Alaska storms across the Matanuska River... (more)
"Reflection of The Star"
The southbound "Denali Star" with a pair of sequentially numbered MACs passes through the marshy permafrost low-lands of Chugiak. Many thanks to David Bl... (more)
"Lower Trail Lake"
The southbound "Airport Train" to Seward crosses the Trail River bridge along the Seward Highway at Crown Point. Four peaks of the Chugach ... (more)
I have long thought about getting a good photo at this location. Over the years I have had more than a few chances and captured a few decent photos but I always felt there was a better shot. It is... (more)
Shortly after exiting the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel the Anchorage-bound 120N crosses the Placer Creek before entering the Portage Tunnel with a pair ... (more)
"Snaking Through the Slide Zone"
One of three black geeps left on the Alaska Railroad leads the 120S through the S-Curve at Slide Zone 72 on the way to Whittier.
"A Friendly Meeting"
The conductor of a southbound passenger train at Gold Creek siding stands on the pilot as they meet us on the Denali Star.