National Railway Historical Society Announces September 15 Public Excursions on Alaska Railroad
Tickets now available for 90-minute, Fairbanks-based passenger train rides on September 15, newly added to NRHS convention activities.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 25, 2013
Two afternoon train rides have been added to the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) convention in Alaska in September, giving local residents an affordable opportunity to experience the fun of rail travel.
The 90-minute train rides will take place Sunday, September 15, and will depart the Alaska Railroad Fairbanks depot at 2 p.m. (returning 3:30 p.m.) and again at 4 p.m. (returning at 5:30 p.m.). The route will be determined based on Alaska Railroad traffic conditions, but both rides are expected to operate south from Fairbanks. At the end of each trip, the train will reverse direction and return to Fairbanks. No intermediate stops or de-training will take place.
Both trains will operate with long-distance Alaska Railroad passenger coaches and "vista domes," the latter featuring 360-degree scenic views. Trains are equipped with heating, air conditioning and restrooms.
Adult ticket prices are $15 for age 12 and above, and $10 for children ages 2-11, with dome car seats costing $25 for riders of all ages. Dome car seats are extremely limited; seats in the lower level of the cars will be sold at coach pricing. To purchase tickets for the 90-minute trips, call the Alaska Railroad’s reservation phone number at 1-800-544-0552 or e-mail reservations(at)akrr.com.
The public train rides are new additions to the society’s 2013 national convention, which feature six days of special excursions across the Alaska Railroad — many traveling on routes that don't see regular passenger service. Over 340 registrants have purchased tickets to the September 13-22 NRHS convention.
Convention trains include the following (these tickets must be purchased through NRHS):
- A roundtrip special from Fairbanks to North Pole and back, using track that normally sees freight service. (September 15)
- A two-day train trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage through rugged mountain scenery, with an overnight stop in Denali Park. (September 16-17)
- A one-day roundtrip from Anchorage to the port town of Seward, featuring mountain grades, tunnels, glaciers, and rivers. (September 19)
- A tour of the Alaska Railroad’s Anchorage terminal area via several routes that rarely see passenger service, including a trip into the Mat-Su Valley. (September 20)
- A roundtrip special from Anchorage to the old military port town of Whittier and a side trip to Spencer. The day includes a ride through the Anton Anderson tunnel, the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America. (September 21)
The above trips include numerous stops for photos and to visit historic sites. Anchorage trains on Sept. 19-21 will feature "Gold Star" service on Alaska full-length dome cars with open-air viewing platforms, lower-level dining space and elevators between floors.
To buy tickets for convention trains and events, visit the NRHS convention website at: http://www.nrhs.com/news/2013-convention-tickets-sale-now.
Tickets are also available for visits to the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI), plus riverboat and bus tours, an afternoon with an 1899-built steam locomotive and more.
About the National Railway Historical Society
Founded in 1935, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) is a non-profit organization established to preserve and raise awareness of America’s railroad heritage. NRHS operates historic rail excursions and tours throughout North America and supports more than 150 regional chapters. Since 1991, the society has awarded nearly $600,000 in railroad preservation grants. It also sponsors RailCamp, a summer orientation program offering high school youth hands-on experience in the railroad industry. For more information, visit http://www.nrhs.com.
Chairman, NRHS Rail Operations
Director, NRHS Public Relations
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