Alaska Part 1, Summer on the Alaska Railroad

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The Alaska Railroad, Volume 1. Stretching from Seward to Fairbanks, rising from tidewater up 2,360 feet to the Continental Divide, and running non stop during sunless days and perpetual twilight, the Alaska Railroad is a hard-working operation.

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Stretching from Seward to Fairbanks, rising from tidewater up 2,360 feet to the Continental Divide, and running non stop during sunless days and perpetual twilight, the Alaska Railroad is a hard-working operation that serves a land of extreme weather and incredible beauty. In the mid-1990s, filmmaker Patrick Hunstiger captured the fascination of the Alaska Railroad in a 3-part series now brought to you on DVD. Here is Volume 1: Steel Rails, Midnight Sun – Summer on the Alaska Railroad. In 1993, the Alaska Railroad could field up to 17 trains covering up to 3,300 train miles in any given 24-hour period. These included two passenger extras; overnight freights and freight expresses; oil tanker, unit coal, and rock trains; work extras; and others. The ARR’s all-GM locomotive fleet, which sported three different color schemes, was made up of GP40-2s, GP49s, GP38-2s, GP35s, GP7s, and MP15s. Cabooses could still be seen at the ends of some trains.

You’ll get plenty of opportunity to enjoy these trains at work! After a brief look at a derailment earlier that spring, you’ll follow the operations of the line starting at 7 AM on a busy June day and carry on into the evening, ending with a meet illuminated by the midnight sun at 1 AM. The trains are dispatched from Anchorage under Track Warrant Control and you’ll view the dispatcher’s display boards to see siding and train status in between catching the action at Eklutna, Matanuska, Talkeetna, Broad Pass, Healy, Clear Site, Nenana, and other locations. Highlights include a unit coal train pulled by 6 matched GP49s, a passenger extra at Denali Park, action on the tall trestle spanning Hurricane Gulch, and of course the incredible skylines of craggy, snow-capped mountains reaching up from floors of emerald green forests!

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4 reviews for Alaska Part 1, Summer on the Alaska Railroad

  1. David Holland

    Fantastic video. Just cannot say enough great things about this video. Beautiful scenery and trains. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Lloyd

    Mountains, scenery, and a place where railroading is filled with challenges. This is Alaska. Land of the Midnight Sun. Land of scenery and wildlife like no other in North America. The Alaska Railroad does not have rail connections with any other railroad making this a very unique railroad. What we see is all Alaskan, and all EMD power. Working hard with long trains, freights and passenger trains as they meet at the sidings. This is a fantastic video that all railfans would enjoy for years to come. I highly recommend this as I have already noticed here that even non railfans are enjoying my copy simply because of the location.

  3. Mwdonoughue

    The first program of a 3 DVD Set showcases operations on the Alaska Railroad during the summer, with multiple freight and passenger trains operating between Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK.

  4. Eddy

    Beautiful scenery and a plethora of ARR’s four-axle EMD fleet shine in this production by Patrick Hunstiger. Although relatively short at one hour in length, this DVD provides a good overview of passenger and freight operations over the entirety of the Alaska Railroad and really does justice portraying the Land of the Midnight Sun.

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