Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

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Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

Post by Trainman101 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:45 pm

Whats the history? has anyone every surveyed or chartered a line to alaska? Is there any chance a line will ever connect from canada to alaska or is a barge good enough?

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Re: Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

Post by amtrakhogger » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:08 pm

There was a plan to connect the BCR (British Columbia Railway) with the Alaska Railroad about 30 years ago or so. The idea fizzled due to the high construction costs and the projected limited return on investment associated with building into such a remote area. Some actual construction did take take place (known as BCR's Dease Lake Extension.)
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Re: Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

Post by AgentSkelly » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:06 pm

There was a international commission formed by the US and Canadian gov'ts back in the 90s that developed a plan that would of the connected the Alaska Railroad to the rest of North America via way of the Yukon. I know the Canadian side said no to such ideas until recently which the Yukon gov't wants the Harper gov't to say yes.
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Re: Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:36 pm

Look around for a book titled "A Railroad for Tomorrow" by Edward Hungerford.

One of the many fantasies described within this work is a railroad to Alaska.

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Re: Why no Rail Line to Alaska?

Post by goodnightjohnwayne » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:32 pm

Looking at the geography of Alaska, many of the traditional population centers are best served by coastal shipping.

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