Alaska Railroad Restores Service Following Earthquake Repairs

The new dome cars in Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar service offer panoramic views

The Alaska Railroad will restore all regularly scheduled freight and passenger services started yesterday, December 4. The announcement came after days of inspections and repairs due to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit southcentral Alaska November 30.

Following the earthquake, the Alaska Railroad suspended its regular service so that crews could assess any damage done to the nearly 500 miles of tracks. The inspections found several areas that sustained damage and a few that had become impassable, including an area just south of Eklutna Lake and another portion south of the Cheri Lake Road crossing.

After a coordinated effort across the state, the Alaska Railroad determined the network’s tracks, bridges, facilities and railroad systems were safe or had received the necessary repairs to become safe. On the evening of December 3, the first trains successfully drove the whole length of the line, from Anchorage to Fairbanks.

FREE Virtual Event

Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4

Are you prepared to guide your clients through the “new normal” of travel? Join us December 15, 2020 from 1pm-2:20pm EST for Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4. The upcoming installment of our FREE virtual series will feature presentations from the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, and Seabourn on their most up-to-date travel procedures, health & safety protocols they’ve implemented to keep guests safe, activities that are open to visitors, what your clients need to know while on their trip and more! Visit www.pivotingbacktotravel to view the full agenda and register for your FREE pass.

Regularly service resumes today with the line’s freight trains fully operational. The line’s first passenger train following the earthquake will be the Winter Hurricane Turn Train on December 6. Regularly scheduled Holiday Trains and Aurora Winter Trains will run this weekend. Winter and summer services will continue as scheduled. The Alaska Railroad’s ticketing office is now open to help passengers with questions and to rebook or refund tickets canceled due to earthquake repairs.

Related Stories

Royal Caribbean Sailing Three Ships for 2020 Alaska Itineraries

Carnival Corp. Invests in Alaska With White Pass & Yukon Rail Buy

Railbookers Partners With Trenitalia, Launches New Packages

Brightline to Build Rail Between Las Vegas and Southern California

Suggested Articles:

Thailand announced a new tourist visa for U.S. travelers to apply in advance to visit safely for up to 60 days. Here's what you need to know.

Accor is taking full ownership of sbe’s hotel asset light business and entered an all-share merger with Ennismore. Here's what it means.

After cruising successfully in Europe the past few months, MSC Cruises is the first major line to receive approval for cruises from Japan. Read more.