Alaska: Ride the rails through The Last Frontier

June 19, 2017

By Staff, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; June 16, 2017

FAIRBANKS – The Alaska Railroad offers a unique vantage point for visitors to the Last Frontier, providing both industrial muscle and a relaxing way to see the vast state.

The railroad hauled nearly 3.7 million tons of freight in 2016, including 1.9 million tons of gravel. But it also serves as a busy passenger service, giving almost 500,000 annual passengers a leisurely look at some otherwise inaccessible scenic areas.

The Alaska Railroad’s significant role is at least partly due to limited infrastructure in the state. About a third of Alaska’s public roads are unpaved, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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