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NRHS 2013 Convention Anchorage to Whittier & Spencer Excursion 9/21/2013

by Chris Guenzler

We got up and walked to the station on our shortest route yet. Inside there was a brief safety meeting before we opened up the train. The consist of the train was SD70MAC 4234, baggage 102, Gold Star 652, Gold Star 653, coach 205, dome 523, former NP 556, coach 204, former UP 5424 and GP40-2 3013.

Sarah Jennings ready for the last day of train trips of the convention.

The first passengers ready to board our train.

The rear of the train on a very early morning.

Chris Parker in front of one of the Gold Star coaches.

The front of our train.

Elizabeth at the door of our coach looking at the Denali Star on the other track.

A freighter in Kinik Inlet.

The Alaskan Range.

The train takes a curve.

The Alaskan Range along the Turnagain Inlet.

Running along the Turnagain Inlet.

A meet with the Alaska Railroad Holland America cruise train at Rainbow.

Dall sheep up on the cliff.

Views along the Turnagain Inlet.

The train came to the siding at Brookman.

Looking across the Turnagain Inlet.

The Alaska Range still in view.

Views at Brookman.

View from the siding at Brookman.

The Princess Cruise Train went by us at Brookman. We returned to the mainline.

The Byron Glacier.

Crossing 20 Mile River.

The train and the glacier.

We stopped at Portage to pick up a family who would be riding with us.

We left Portage and continued towards Whittier.

A small glacier on a mountain.

The track we will come back on from Spencer.

The lake at Portage.

My new mileage will be on this track when we round the wye.

The yard at Portage.

Byron Glacier.

Two mountains to the northwest of Portage.

Byron Glacier.

Shakespeare Glacier.

The light at the end of the Portage Tunnel.

Exiting the Portage Tunnel.

Glaciers abound above Bear Valley.

It started raining as we entered Bear Valley and unloaded for a photo runby.

Portage Glacier.

The train at Bear Valley on the way to one of two photo lines.

The Portage Glacier.

The group walking to the photo line. Once everyone was ready, the train started back towards to the Portage Tunnel.

The back up move into the Portage Tunnel.

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