On the morning on September 25, 2014 a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Anchorage area. As a result all trains were stopped until the track, bridges etc. could be inspected. This resulted in the AS&G Gravel being tied down on the Palmer Branch at Matanuska Junction. As I was reading the paper later that day which happened to mention that the night of 9.25 would be good night for the Aurora Borealis as the weather was clear and the Aurora had been active. This gave me an idea, the crew would be coming on duty at 4 AM to bring this train to town, perhaps if I was fortunate the Aurora would be out and I could knock an item off my bucket list. So at 3 AM I made the 30 minute drive from my house to Matanuska Junction where 4001, appropriately named Spirit of Alaska, waited for a photograph. I think the early morning and the trip was worth it.
An ongoing/growing album of photos that IMHO reveal the awesome, but seldom seen beauty of railroads because most of us don't go out after sundown or before sunrise. From dusk to dawn, lights are on! (And I continue to find new "Lights In The Night"!)