In July 1923, President Warren G. Harding visited Alaska to drive in the "Golden Spike" commemorating the grand opening of the new, federally funded railroad linking Seward with Fairbanks. The Government Railroad had taken eight years and the influence of three U.S. presidents to complete. Shortly afterward, it was renamed the Alaska Railroad. In the eighty-plus years since then, America's northernmost railroad has remained a critical transportation link, a working train as well as a touring train that wends through some of the most fabulous country in the nation. Resplendent in blue and gold, the engines and cars of the Alaska Railroad remain disconnected from other rail lines, set apart on a track that travels north through the wilderness to a dead end near Fairbanks, and south to a dead end at the seaport of Seward. But, oh, what beauty lies between. In this lavishly illustrated and authoritative book, the Alaska Railroad rides in the spotlight. Through words and color-rich photos, Johnson and Corral offer an entertaining history of the railroad, the routes, the engines and railcars, the landscape and wildlife, and much more.
|Publisher:||Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
Corral is the photographer for My Denali and A Child's Glacier Bay.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||"The Ties That Bind Alaska"||6|
|Chapter 2||Welcome Aboard||16|
|Chapter 3||Dawn of a Railroad||26|
|Chapter 4||A Working Train||38|
|Chapter 5||The Great Land||48|
|Chapter 6||A Wild Kingdom||58|
|Chapter 7||The Flag-Stop Train||70|
|Chapter 8||People of the Railbelt||76|
|Chapter 9||Communities with Character||84|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading this book, I am already planning in my head a vacation in Alaska. Who can stay away from this magical place, after reading this book and looking at the grand pictures! The author's love of the Alaska wilderness clearly reflects in her style of writing and along with her well researched stories and accounts, this is truly a wonderful book to own or give away as a special gift to anyone with a sense of adventure. Highly recommended!
This is not your ordinary coffee tabel book. Written with authority, it gives you facts and history of the railroad in Alaska, plus beautiful pictures by the author and the photographer. This will be a gift of choice for many occasions.