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Alaska Railroad: Taking A Journey On The Alaska Railroad

For many individuals in the nation, Alaska is considered one of the last frontiers to be discovered, what with its many acres of forest and unscathed land that dwells in natural beauty. The same goes for train enthusiasts who love to discover all they can about the history lying within the tracks of varying railways, especially on the topic of the Alaska Railroad. Here in this article, we will discuss the many peaks of the history and other details that the railway holds, as well as throw in a fun fact or two for the enthusiast in all of us. With that said, let's discuss all there is to know about the Alaska Railroad.

The Alaska Railroad was first established in the year 1903 under the name Alaska Central Railway in Seward, Alaska. At the time, there was a large need developing for faster transportation for all of the natural resources being found within the territory. However, in 1909, the railway fell bankrupt and began to reboot its company, thus becoming the Alaska Northern Railway. the railway consisted of 80 miles of track which ended near the present day destination of Girdwood. As 1914 rolled around, the government authorized an additional 470 mile expansion to the railway, which also led to the naming of Anchorage as headquarter for the Alaska Railroad Corporation. As the years have gone on, the railway has seen many ups and downs, from earthquake damage to major upgrading after its heavy use during World War II, and even using dome train cars for touring and site seeing in the state. Eventually, in 1985, the State of Alaska officially bought the railroad from the government for $22.3 million with additional investing for repairs and other endeavors in the future.

At its highest point, the Alaska Railroad hired up to 4,500 employees, which was in the year 1917. As of the current day, the railway offers several positions that include, but are not limited to engineering, transportation, customer service, human resources, safety, and many more as well. The mapping of the railway, as stated before, is a total of 470 miles stretching all the way from Seward up to the city of Fairbanks. The railway includes three different routes to choose from depending on your destination as well as the sites to see. The first is the Coastal Classic route, which extends from Anchorage down South to Seward. The second, entitled the Glacier Discover route, is used to service the town of Whittier. Finally, the Denali Star route connects several cities, including Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks.

The Alaska Railroad truly holds so much history for all of us to witness and enjoy, and filled with both ups and downs as any story has. However, the railway also continues to have so much to offer everyone that comes to see or use it. The railroad has been continuing on ninety years of service carrying everything from freight and cargo to numerous natural resources, and even to passengers of every age across the state of Alaska, and only intends to make more strides to improve the railway altogether.

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