Northern Rail Passenger service - 4 options
May 26, 2012
There are 4 rail ‘experiences’ open to visitors to Alaska and Yukon.
- Alaska Railway carried 413,000 passengers in 2011. The railway runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. The ARC is a state-owned corporation.
- The Whitepass and Yukon Route (WPYR) carried 380,000 passengers during the 2011 May to September tourism season operating on the first 67.5 miles (Skagway, Alaska to Carcross, Yukon) of the original 110 mile line. WPYR is owned by Clublink Enterprises (ticker CLK on the TSX).
- The Waterfront Trolley in Whitehorse, Yukon carried about 10,000 passengers last year. The Trolley is operated by a non-profit organization called the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society.
- The small Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum, located in Whitehorse, Yukon, carried about 3,000 passengers in 2011. It is also operated by the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society.
CN also runs the rail line up to Hay River, NWT, but it does not carry passengers, only freight. There were over 800,000 train passengers in 2011 in Alaska and the Yukon in 2011—more than the combined population of 758,000 !