RailPictures.Net Photo: WPY 73 White Pass & Yukon Route Steam 2-8-2 at Skagway, Alaska by Dave Blaze...
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» April 25, 2011
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What a sight! - White Pass and Yukon Railway narrow gauge rotary snow plow #3 (Cooke 1899) is arriving at Glacier siding (14.1 miles from and 1871 ft higher than Skagway) pushed by steam locomotives #73 (Baldwin 2-8-2 blt. 5-47) and #69 (Baldwin 2-8-0 blt. 4-07) with coach 211 trailing. #211 was built by AC&F in 1918 for Oregon's Sumpter Valley coming to Alaska during WWII courtesy of the US Army. The cupola was added in 1946. Here the train is stopping to take on water fed by generator driven pumps and fire hoses from tank car #53 which is an ex UTLX car that operated on the D&RGW before being sold to White Pass in 1963 and subsequently re-mounted on a flat car in 1980. The White Pass is America’s busiest tourist railroad and an engineering marvel for the ages. Regular tourist trains operate for the four month cruise ship season of mid-May to mid-Sept with the WP&Y largely dormant the remaining 8 months of the year. In days of old it was a 110 mile freight hauler supporting the Yukon mining industry and before that a major WWII supply conduit during the building of the Alaska Hwy. Like the town it calls home, the WP&Y was born during the heady days of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and experienced booms and busts through the years but has persevered, and today is the most popular excursion for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit Alaska each summer.
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