January 28, 2023

Alaska Railroad With Stunning Views Turns 100 — See the Famous Train

The railroad has been around longer than Alaska has been a state. President Warren G. Harding celebrated the completion of the Alaska Railroad’s main track in July of 1923, driving a “golden spike” in the ground at Nenana.

President Warren Harding driving the last spike on Alaskan Railroad at Tanana River.

Library of Congress

In the winter, only two lines run: The Hurricane Turn, from Anchorage to Hurricane, and the Aurora, from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Those trains operate with flagstop service, in which passengers can wave the train down to stop from almost any spot along the tracks and hop on, allowing people to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

Alaska Railroad's Aurora Winter Train.

Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Winter Train.

Justin Low/Alaska Railroad

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