mavericksupersonic wrote in post #7245625
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........Unfortunately, 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..