The sharp looking 3012 departs Anchorage with the state fair train as it crosses ships creek.
The freshly repainted 3012 leads the fair train down the Palmer branch for the State fair a few mile ahead.
2005 one of the Billboard GP38-2's, 2006 a newer painted GP38-2 and 4322 lay over outside the shops in Fairbanks with a light rain falling.
The hostlers have taken over for the road crew on the 130N, they have just yarded the train and now take the pair of MAC's to be turned as the Denali Star is almost ready to depart for Anchorage.
The Glacier Discovery heads for home as it parallels the Seward Highway south of Girdwood in the sweet evening light.
On a cool late summer night the 4013 under goes some work inside the large ARR shops in Anchorage.
3003 and 2003 make up a nice looking work train at the north end of the yard, waiting out a nice evening and holiday weekend.
The fair train runs down the Palmer Branch from Palmer as it heads back to Anchorage with a train full of passengers. This was the first year that the railroad has added domes to this train.
As their last move of the day, the 459 job pulls empty coal cars from UAF to take back to the yard. The sky still has a nice blue tint even though the sun has been set for over two hours.
2007 switches coal loads and empties at the east end of the yard in Fairbanks. Coal is still the main source of power in this part of Alaska with several power plants in the Fairbanks area.
With the long over night trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks almost over the pair of Mac's reflect in a pond west of Fairbanks with a large cut of pigs on the head end.
The sun has just set as the Coastal Classic does it's best to catch back up to it before Anchorage.
4014 makes the S curve from the east side of Snow River to the west side passing through a very nice truss Bridge with a absolutely beautiful background on the other side of the river.
After running through the most inaccessible part of the railroad the coal train finally comes back within viewing range of the road and crosses trail lake in Moose Pass.
After making the day and a half 350 mile plus trip and climbing several 3% grades from Healy to Seward the Coal train with 6 mac's, 3 up front and 3 in DP on the rear are on the last couple miles ... (more)