“I’ve got a thing about trains” – Johnny Cash.
From Talkeetna, the track follows the serpentine banks of the Susitna River.
Next, the Indian River Canyon is home to many beavers and I’ve seen quite a few beaver lodges in the ponds along the way. The track climbs toward the tree line, first crossing Hurricane Gulch, the longest bridge on the railroad just over 914 feet (278 m) long and 296 feet (90 m) above Hurricane Creek. This gulch is absolutely one of the Alaska Railroad’s highlights – the Tour Guide gets very excited here – and a great photo opportunity.
We are waiting for a train from Fairbanks. There is snow beside the tracks. Riding the Alaska Railroad there is no guarantee for clear skies but here it is again. Mount McKinley pierces the clouds.