RailPictures.Net Photo: WPY 73 White Pass & Yukon Route Steam 2-8-2 at near Fraser, British Columbia, Canada by Dave Blaze...
 
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» April 26, 2011
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Snow Fleet - 1940s style! - In fact were it not for the "modern" #73 steam locomotive pushing this could be titled "1920s style." White Pass and Yukon Railway narrow gauge rotary plow #3 (Cooke 1899) is marching past the remnants of an old water tank here just a mile beyond the summit at White Pass (which also demarks the US-Canada border). This location is about 22 miles from Skagway and just a few feet below the summit elevation of 2865 ft. The vintage snow fighter is being pushed by steam locomotives #73 (Baldwin 2-8-2 blt. 5-47) and #69 (Baldwin 2-8-0 blt. 4-07) with coach 211 trailing. #211 was built by AC&F in 1918 for Oregon's Sumpter Valley coming to Alaska during WWII courtesy of the US Army. The cupola was added in 1946. The White Pass is America’s busiest tourist railroad and an engineering marvel of any era. Regular tourist trains operate for the four month cruise ship season of mid-May to mid-Sept with the WP&Y largely dormant the remaining 8 months of the year. In days of old it was a 110 mile freight hauler supporting the Yukon mining industry and before that a major WWII supply conduit during the building of the Alaska Hwy. Like the town it calls home, the WP&Y was born during the heady days of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and experienced booms and busts through the years but has persevered, and today is the most popular excursion for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit Alaska each summer.
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