While making the drive to Seward I caught up with the Coastal Classic, also en route to Seward, and grabbed this shot along Kenai Lake. Not a bad addition to my drive south for a day cruise.
A lot of boats and one train at Whittier in the morning sun: He will picks up passengers from the cruise ship. The photo is taken from the 12th floor of the cruise ship 'Island Princess' at 6am
Meets between passenger trains are common on the ARR. Here we watch on a cloudy morning from the upper deck of a Goldstar car on the southbound Coastal Classic as a northbound extra passes buy. Th... (more)
ARR-Meeting in Whittier early in the morning. The train in the background waits until the conductor has changed the switch. This train will pick up the passengers from the cruise ship 'Island Prin... (more)
While I didn't get full sun the sun did illuminate enough of the scene to get a workable image. The southbound coal train back on its normal schedule skirts the shoreline of Turnagain Arm on a blu... (more)
The Denali Explorer has dropped all the cruise passengers at the Denali Park depot and will run empty, with the exception of on board staff, the rest of the way to Fairbanks.
The southbound Denali Star slinks through Elmendorf AFB just moments from its final stop in Anchorage. Surprisingly for this time of year, the trees are still mostly barren despite this past wint... (more)
Export coal snakes south along the Turnagain Arm late in the day just as the sun is hitting the horizon.
The northbound Coastal Classic emerges from the trees in the Hooligan Block a mile south of Portage. This is the first accessible location after leaving Moose Pass over 30 rail miles and 50 road m... (more)
The northbound Coastal Classic emerges from the trees in the Hooligan Block a mile north of Portage. This is the first accesible location after leaving Moose Pass over 30 rail miles and 50 road mi... (more)
A Historic Shadow - This is a view looking out the open door of baggage car 101 on the east side of the train as it creeps slowly across Hurricane Gulch Bridge affording passengers one of t... (more)
Little Train - Big Mountain! -This is a view looking railroad north out of baggage car 101 which is bringing up the rear on the three car pocket streamliner. This little train is making ea... (more)
Sparkling Clean - It is quite obvious the pride the ARR takes in its passenger service given how clean and polished the equipment is. The eyes play tricks on you as the mountains and the I... (more)
The Steady Hand - ARR's #1 engineer, Frank Sheppard applies his 40 yrs of experience as he gently guides ARR's weekly passenger train, the Aurora, north along the frozen shore of the... (more)
Now this is what I call a passenger train! - One of the longest passenger trains in recent ARR history is being readied for departure. This train consists of 22 cars with two MACs on the s... (more)