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Steel Lines Around the Circumpolar North


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The White Pass & Yukon Route
Many original articles plus a comprehensive, annotated list of links to sites about the WP&YR, whose line runs from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Alaska Railroad
Lots of links to sites about the ARR, whose line runs between Seward and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Other Northern Railroads

Rails to Riches
Railroads had been crucial to the development of Canada and the United States; despite the engineering difficulties, over 100 railroads were organized to tap the vast resources of the new frontier of Alaska and the Yukon.

Alaska Canada Rail Link
Discussed for over 80 years, this rail line is again in the news.

BC Rail, Dease Lake Extension
A photo of a large fill on the abandoned grade as of 1994.

The Western Canada Railways Store
DVDs and videos showing actioin on BCRail, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway lines, both historic and current.

Chilkoot Pass Railroad Company
A newspaper article from June 10, 1900 tells a bit of the story of the struggle to get a rail line across the Chilkoot Pass.

Great Northern Railroad
A huge 1891 map showing Great Northern as the access route to Alaska.

InterBering
This company is promoting Construction of an Interhemispheric Railroad from Canada, through Alaska to Russia, with a Bering Strait Tunnel.

Jernbaneverket (Norwegian National Rail Administration)
Current operational details on all 4087 km of line in the country.

Klondike Mines Railway
A huge photo gallery showing a model railroad based on the KMR and the Vancouver Westminster and Yukon Railway (which was never built).

Miles Canyon Historical Railway Society
This group is building a narrow-gauge mining railway in Whitehorse as an historical interpretation project.

Model Railroading in Alaska
Marty Quaas' site is the place to keep up with what's going on. Be sure to check out his Mooselip, Alaska, display - there's a great story-line to go with it.

Northern Pacific Railroad
A huge 1891 map showing the Northern Pacific as the access route to Alaska.

Railways in Norway
Another excellent private site with extensive information on trams, model railways, tourist travel tips and current timetables.

Tanana Mines Railway/Tanana Valley Railroad
This compact site has a short history of the Tanana Valley Railroad, and an excellent series of photos of the restoration of Engine No.1.

Trans-Siberian Railway
A look at the reasons for, and difficulties of construction of this legendary railroad, from "Engineering News" of March 28, 1901.

Trans-Siberian Railway
A brief look at the world's longest railway, and the major cities along it from the Russian National Tourist Office.

The Whitehorse Trolley
Although dreams of having a restored steam engine back on the tracks died, a little trolley from Portugal now adds charm and colour to the banks of the Yukon River.

Yakutat & Southern Railroad
This well-illustrated site tells the story of the only fish train in the world, at Yakutat, Alaska.

Yukon rail link possibilities, 1975
A map from "Yukon Railway Study," a study of railway expansion alternatives in the Yukon Territory, based on projected traffic requirements to the year 2004.


17 Countries by Eurail Pass

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