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by saveitforparts
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Re: Juneau Alaska 2017

Sure, you can add them to the gallery.
by saveitforparts
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Western Narrow Gauge Discussion
Topic: Wanted! Your old, weird, obscure Alaska rail photos & info!
Replies: 0
Views: 3833

Wanted! Your old, weird, obscure Alaska rail photos & info!

As many of you know, I've been researching the forgotten short line railroads and tramways in Alaska. After about 4 years, many helpful contributions, and a visit to the state archives in Juneau this summer, I'm getting closer to turning it into a book. However, I still have lots of nagging holes an...
by saveitforparts
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Re: Juneau Alaska 2017

And here are a few random things from the archives. I scanned and photographed over 1500 documents and photos, and am still sorting through them! My website (https://saveitforparts.wordpress.com/projects/lesser-known-and-obscure-railroads-of-alaska/) will be updated as I find new stuff, this researc...
by saveitforparts
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Re: Juneau Alaska 2017

Juneau sure had a lot of small rail lines! This one ran from the Alaska-Juneau Mine to its waterfront mill. The 30" gauge track spends more time underground than above, dipping in and out of the mountain to traverse ridges and valleys. The main shaft for the AJ mine was fully underground, with the r...
by saveitforparts
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Re: Juneau Alaska 2017

Across Gastineau Channel from downtown Juneau, the Treadwell Mines operated a number of small steam locomotives on a 25" industrial surface railroad. I hiked the entire length of the line, from the former sawmill site at downtown Douglas to the powder magazine at Ready Bullion Creek. I found a few i...
by saveitforparts
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Re: Juneau Alaska 2017

A few valleys away, a 36"-gauge track ran up Salmon Creek to support dam construction. The line had another H.K. Porter and a Lima Shay. I've already determined from the archive documents that this was a different Shay than previously recorded. Past records said that Salmon Creek used #2190 from Daw...
by saveitforparts
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: ROADTRIPS
Topic: Juneau Alaska 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 7370

Juneau Alaska 2017

Earlier this month I flew up to Juneau for some research on my forgotten AK railroads project. The trip was mostly aimed at digging through the state archives, but I did get out in the field to some abandoned narrow-gauge lines around town. This little steam loco was built in 1893 by the Risdon Iron...
by saveitforparts
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Western Narrow Gauge Discussion
Topic: Nome - Artic
Replies: 1
Views: 5669

Re: Nome - Artic

I have heard that Plymouth 4470 and 4471 were tried at Nome during WWII but were too heavy for the old worn-out track. The army instead used something like jeeps with flanged wheels. The info I have (per John Taubeneck) says 4470 went to Hawaii and 4471 apparently passed through Hawaii and ended up ...
by saveitforparts
Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Prototype Locomotive & Rolling Stock
Topic: Two mystery locomotives from Alaska
Replies: 2
Views: 6187

Re: Two mystery locomotives from Alaska

I just received a photo from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, showing a small locomotive at Treadwell. It is very similar to the mystery locomotive that Clifford labels as a WP&YRR switcher. The stack and rear driver's platform are a little different, so it is probably not the same one but a close re...
by saveitforparts
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Western Narrow Gauge Discussion
Topic: Railroad piracy
Replies: 2
Views: 3373

Railroad piracy

I came across an interesting tidbit while researching Alaska short lines. According to newspaper articles from 1891, a steamship crew mutinied and turned pirate in the Bering Sea, raiding unguarded industries and villages in Alaska. One of their exploits supposedly involved the plunder of a small ra...