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* Alaska Rail is a great scenic way to get from Anchorage to Denali.  Although it takes several hours more than driving, it's a pleasant ride.  It stops briefly at Talkeetna and then continues to Denali.

* Actually, the train goes from Fairbanks to Anchorage, with another service from Anchorage to Whittier.  We only rode from Anchorage to Denali (round trip).

*  We rode on the GoldStar Service.  GoldStar is a two-story, glass-domed car with great views of the scenery.   It also has an outdoor observation deck at the rear of the car, beverage service, and of course, its own dining car.  The ticketing, boarding, and baggage handling were all orderly and efficient.

* The car is accompanied by a tour narrator, who disburses interesting tidbits of information throughout the voyage.  Halfway between Anchorage and Denali the train stops, the crew changes from the northbound train to the southbound train (and vice versa) and that way the crew all get to sleep at home every night.  Clever, huh?

Alaska Rail Route map

* Alaska Rail website  
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Anchorage Rail Station Anchorage Rail Station
Downtown Anchorage Rail Station
Anchorage Rail Station Engine
Inside the station Our ride
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Our northbound train
The GoldStar car is the two-story glass-domed car; two cars behind the engine

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Mom and Chris
The trip is scenic, with views of mountains, trees, bogs, ponds, streams, rivers
and an occasional railroad bridge or trestle.
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The Mountain is out!  First glimpse of Denali
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Chris Denali
Waiting on the train at Talkeetna Another view of Denali
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