2,888 feet...

All Aboard!

White Pass Yukon Route sign
May 24, and our ship pulled into Skagway Alaska.  We had booked an excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway.  This railway was born in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898!  Once you travel on it you can't help but be absolutely amazed how it was ever built in the first place!  The White Pass & Yukon Route climbs from sea level in Skagway to almost 3,000 feet at the Summit in just 20 miles and features steep grades all the way.  Tight curves around the mountains called for a narrow gauge railroad.  The rails are three feet apart on a 10 foot wide road bed!  There are two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles!  Work on one of the tunnels took place in the dead of winter with heavy snow and temperatures as low as 60 below!

WPYR Mr. Conductor
Mr. Conductor

WPYR Old # 52
Old No. 52

WPYR our train
Engines on our train


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