After spending the afternoon and evening in Anchorage, we boarded the train to Denali. What is now the Alaska Railroad started in 1903 in Seward. It only went 50 miles before going bankrupt. Restarted in 1910 the tracks extended to cover 71 miles before a second bankruptcy. In 1914 the US government agreed to fund the railway. It now extends to Anchorage and Fairbanks. For more on the history, see their website.
The railcars on our trip are all owned by Holland America. The consisted of an upper level with lots of glass and great views out. The lower level was the dining area. Each car had a tour guide, bartender, wait-staff, and kitchen staff. It was a very comfortable ride.
It was also a beautiful ride with views of rushing streams, still water, mountains, meadows, and Mt. Denali.
This was our first glimpse of Denali. We were told it had been seen from the train only once in the previous 30 days.
Denali was finally obscured by the trees, but there were other interesting views.
Then we got a second chance to see Denali.
It is hard to imagine the spectacular views this airplane pilot had with the clear skies and the mountains in the distance.
OK, I know that was a lot of pictures of Denali, but I just couldn’t help it. It was magnificent. I will show some other views in my next post.