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Feb 03, 2009 10:59 |  #1

I found this old train in the woods outside of Skagway, Alaska.

Funny, the stuff that people have just laying around.. Have you found any old machinery lately ??

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Feb 03, 2009 11:16 |  #2

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I found this old beast on an island - North Thormanby Island, BC - I was staying on this past summer.

I wish I could find more lost treasures like this, and what you've found. They certainly provides many interesting photo opps.

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Feb 03, 2009 11:16 |  #3

LarryD wrote in post #7245523external link
I found this old train in the woods outside of Skagway, Alaska.

Funny, the stuff that people have just laying around.. Have you found any old machinery lately ??

Nice find. Is there any story to go with it?


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Feb 03, 2009 11:28 |  #4

mavericksupersonic wrote in post #7245625external link
Nice find. Is there any story to go with it?

Yes, there is... (not mine, some boring history)

During the Alaska Gold Rush in 1896, prospective miners came up from the States, through Canada and the Yukon, then entered Alaska at Skagway. They had to go single file through the White Pass, which took several weeks and several treks to get the mandatory 1 ton of grubstake conveyed.

An enterprizing company decided they needed a train to move all this stuff and people, so they built one........Unfortunate​ly, by the time the WhitePass & Yukon Railway got started in 1898, the gold rush was over..

The train and tracks still make the few mile journey, but only to transport tourists, the only time it ever made any money.. All the trains are now Deisel powered.. this one seems to be steam and coal... and a snowplow on the front.

As for my finding it, I was on a Cruise to Alaska and one of the stops is Skagway. While hiking in the thick undergrowth where it seemed nobody had ever been..........here I find this train......probably rusting away for decades..


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Feb 03, 2009 11:40 |  #5

LarryD wrote in post #7245693 (external link)
Yes, there is... (not mine, some boring history)

During the Alaska Gold Rush in 1896, prospective miners came up from the States, through Canada and the Yukon, then entered Alaska at Skagway. They had to go single file through the White Pass, which took several weeks and several treks to get the mandatory 1 ton of grubstake conveyed.

An enterprizing company decided they needed a train to move all this stuff and people, so they built one........Unfortunate​ly, by the time the WhitePass & Yukon Railway got started in 1898, the gold rush was over..

The train and tracks still make the few mile journey, but only to transport tourists, the only time it ever made any money.. All the trains are now Deisel powered.. this one seems to be steam and coal... and a snowplow on the front.

As for my finding it, I was on a Cruise to Alaska and one of the stops is Skagway. While hiking in the thick undergrowth where it seemed nobody had ever been..........here I find this train......probably rusting away for decades..

Love the story about the Train, Larry.
This was taken on my trip to the USA. It's abandoned mining equipment.

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Feb 03, 2009 13:01 |  #6

Larry, nice photo of the old engine. I bet that Trains Magazine (or one of its sister mags) would be interested in this picture.


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