Today we went on a three hour train ride up the White Pass on the historic railroad. A great tour narrated with the highlights along the way. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The $10 million project was the product of tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives to overcome harsh and challenging climate and geography to create “the railway built of gold”
As we chugged up the mountain side. We were enveloped in a heavy fog. I thought the Dementors were about to board the train. I was not worried as we had plenty of chocolate in our backpack. As we came out of the mist, a beautiful glacier was right in front of us. The beauty of the mountains was all around us and we could see for miles. Our guide, Julianne said it was the best views they have seen all season. Lucky us. Julianne did her masters in Hawaii. Moved to California with her husband who is a Hydro Geologist. Found CA to busy so moved to Skagway. She does this tour three times a day and then works at a restaurant. They are saving to build a home in Utah. Takes all kinds!
The WP&YR climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9% cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles. The steel cantilever bridge was the tallest of its king in the world when it was constructed in 1901.
You can overnight in this little caboose that is a stop on the way up the mountain. People book it (no water, electricity etc.) and then hike around from the spot and are picked up the next day.
Got off the train and went to the Skagway Fish Company for their famous Crab Bisque (I mentioned the Bisque) and then hopped in the RV and headed for WhitehorseThis entry was posted in Uncategorized