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Alaska – Train from Anchorage to Denali – Part 2 - Mark Yancey Photo
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Alaska – Train from Anchorage to Denali – Part 2

Although seeing Mt. Denali in the sunlight was a highlight of our trip, the other views were also amazing.

There was more of the fireweed in the open areas along the tracks.

Fireweed
Fireweed

 

Fireweed
Fireweed

The town of Sherman has a City Hall and a Bookstore.  I saw no other indication of a town.

Sherman City Hall
Sherman City Hall

 

Sherman Book Store
Sherman Book Store

The sub-alpine meadows were near peak color.

Low Meadows with Mountains
Low Meadows with Mountains

 

Mountains
Mountains

Here are the engines as we make a turn.  You can get an exterior view of the railcars, too.

Front of Train
Front of Train

 

River
River

 

Fall Color in the Meadows
Fall Color in the Meadows

 

Fall Color in the Meadows
Fall Color in the Meadows

 

Here comes the southbound train.

Southbound Train
Southbound Train

 

 

The highest point on all the Alaska Railroad is only 2363 feet in elevation.  One of the reasons Mt. Denali is so spectacular is the huge difference between the lowlands around it and it peak at 20,310 feet.

Highest Point on Alaska Railroad
Highest Point on Alaska Railroad

 

 

How would you like to stay here for the summer?

 

Before we get to Denali Park, I’d like to introduce our tour guide, Julia.  She kept us entertained and informed of what was coming around the next bend.  Thanks, Julia.

Our Tour Guide, Julia
Our Tour Guide, Julia

I high recommend taking the train to Denali if you get the chance.  It was comfortable with great views and good food.  (I had the soup.)  From here we were transported to the McKinley Chalet Resort, also owned by Holland America.  I’ll show you some of that in the next post.

Mark

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