The ARR Coastal Classic heads south along the picturesque Turnagain Arm on a beautiful May morning; final destination: Seward. The train is replete with the newly introduced (for 2009) Gold Star car, now extending the Alaska Railroad's renowned first class service to the south end of the rail belt. I had the privilege of enjoying this fine product on the Denali Star in 2007, and with a private lower-level dining car, roomy executive class seating, a one-of-a-kind outside viewing area on the upper deck, and most of all, stunning Alaskan wilderness views, it's something everyone should experience at least once.
I've been fortunate to have spent quite some time in the "Great White North" photographing trains on the super-scenic, and always friendly, Alaska Railroad. Here's a collection of some of my favorite shots from our 49th state.