In September I spent a day on the rails. My trip took me from Anchorage north to a spot just above Talkeetna, where I switched trains and proceeded back along the same route. This option is not available to regular passengers and having the inside track as a part-time employee for one of the cruise lines that manages some of the passenger cars, I got a behind the scenes of the workings in a section of the trip. The journey takes you to places only rail passengers see, as you follow some of the major roads, but also winding back and forth across those roads.
We didn’t see any moose or bear that day, but we did see some beautiful scenery, as well as various bird species. The Rail Guides are there to share information about what you are seeing, as well as share personal experiences for those who have done the job for several seasons. The dining room served breakfast and lunch while passengers enjoyed the sights, and the kitchen can be found preparing food for two cars at a time. Bartenders are in the dome of each car and help keep your spirits up and your body hydrated!
All aboard!! Let’s sit back and enjoy the trip…..
(Be sure to hover or click on the picture for descriptions. And if you click on a picture it will bring up a slideshow option with larger pictures. Blurriness is caused because I was on a 45mph moving train.)