Alaska Railroad resumes passenger service

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Photo Credit: Mike Criss

The Alaska Railroad resumed its regularly scheduled passenger service on Tuesday, four days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Southcentral Alaska.

The company will welcome passengers aboard its first post-earthquake Winter Hurricane Turn Train on Thursday. Aurora Winter Train and Holiday Train routes will operate over the weekend. 

Crews inspected and completed repairs along approximately 500 miles of tracks following Friday's earthquake, and the railroad's freight service resumed on Monday evening. 

"We could not be more pleased with the work our crews have done to get the Alaska Railroad back up and running in just over 72 hours," said Dale Wade, the company's vice president of marketing and customer service. "This incredible effort from railroaders speaks to the grit and perseverance of Alaska and its people. We are happy to be able to return to serving our passengers and freight customers so quickly."

The Alaska Railroad ticketing office is assisting passengers who wish to rebook tickets or request refunds for trips that were canceled while trains were out of service. 

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