Passing Another Train, Mile 13View All Sizes
JOURNAL : August 22, 2010
|Series||The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad|
Breathe in that crisp mountain air while rushing through lush, misty forests along ice-met rivers, with majestic peaks in the distance.
Riding an old-timey train is a rare treat and even cures a drizzly overcast day.
Train Station in SkagwayView All Sizes
If visiting Skagway it's custom to ride the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. A brisk 75-minute ride up rugged terrain with tight turns and steep grade at times. The gorgeous Coast Mountains opposite the train make up a prominent spectacle.
Original Steam Locomotive #52View All Sizes
Fitted with seemingly tattered, fragile-looking buttresses, bridges and trestles, the ride is surprisingly smooth for a rustic railroad blasted out of tough granite. Along the way the train ascends steep grades up to 3.9%, climbing nearly 3,000 feet in only 20 miles. Some of the turns are quite sharp — one of the capabilities of a narrow-gauge track.
Classic Scene of Cars on TrestleView All Sizes
Train Entering Tunnel, Mile 16View All Sizes
The train passes through a couple of narrow tunnels along the way, allowing passengers to briefly breathe the same heavy smoke that generations of travellers dealt with in times past. This is all part of the authentic experience and only heightens the appreciation for the fresh mountain air upon exiting each tunnel.
Trail of 98
Along the way the original Trail of ‘98 can be seen below on the opposite site of the river valley near White Pass Summit, just prior to the unmanned international border station.
The Alaska - British Columbia BorderView All Sizes
Casey Maintenance Car at CliftonView All Sizes
Summit Lake, Coast MountainsView All Sizes
The map below is included in the guide given to all passengers. Much of the gritty yet colorful history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the subsequent construction of the railroad is divulged within its pages. For more information visit the official White Pass & Yukon Route website.
Source : WP&YR Website
Passengers can opt to travel only up to White Pass Summit and return, or farther to Fraser (27.7 miles), Bennet (40.6 miles) and Carcross (67.5 miles). Fares beyond Fraser require a passport.
One of Many TrestlesView All Sizes
Much as I enjoyed the train ride, I wasn't heading back the same way. After disembarking at Fraser I met with a bicycling team for a bike ride down the Klondike Highway.
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Denver Glacier TrailheadView All Sizes
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