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Published on May 3, 2010
1964 clip of the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Begun in 1897 to provide easier access to the Klondike gold fields, this narrow gauge railroad was completed in 1900. It is a closed system that runs from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. One of the railroad cars in the clip displays the initials " P. & A.R. & N. Co." The Pacific and Arctic Railway and Navigation Company (Alaska) is one of three subsidiaries that make up the White Pass and Yukon Route. Other scenes show an early green-yellow color scheme on the engine, with a thunderbird on the front. Wikipedia, on the web, contains an excellent article on the White Pass and Yukon Route. (Color/Silent/16mm film)
This sequence is an excerpt from AAF-8595 from the Pioneer Pete Collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska & Polar Regions Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives.