Q. What do you consider to be the best train ride to see the beauty of Alaska? -Bren
A. Well, we don’t have much to choose from in ‘routes’, but what we do have will warm your heart with nice memories far into the future.
Alaska Railroad operates on 470 miles of track, thru fantastic wilderness areas between the ports at Seward and Whittier, picking up cruise ship guests, and transporting them north, thru Anchorage, Cook Inlet, Talkeetna, Denali Park and on to Fairbanks. It is the northernmost railroad in the U. S. For a lot of years it was actually owned by the Federal government, but has since been given to the state.
You will ride in fully domed vintage railcars. You’ll feel like you have taken a trip back in time to the golden age of rail travel. It is that great! I love seeing the tourist cars go thru Wasilla in the summer. I always wave madly at them. So if you take the trip and see someone waving madly passing thru Wasilla, it might be me!
As far as I know they still hold to the schedule of going up to Fairbanks one day and then back down the next day; but there are wonderful accomodation at Denali and in Fairbanks and so that gives you a bit of time to sightsee.
The first so many cars on the train belong to Alaska Railroad itself, these are followed by however many cars owned by different tour companies. The cars range from rather plain, but still clean and nice – to very luxurious. I’m going to give you the info for contacting Alaska Railroad and also one of the rail tour companies. Most cars have dining facilities on them.
Alaska Railroad can be reached at 1-800-544-0552 and their website is www.alaskarailroad.com
Alaska Rail Tours can be reached at 1-800-544-2206 and their website is www.alaskarailtours.com
Bon Voyage, Bren! -BJ