RailsNorth is a site that has articles on Yukon Territory and Alaskan Railroads and Charters.


  • The White Pass & Yukon Route
    Many original articles plus a comprehensive, annotated list of links to sites about the WP&YR, whose line runs from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon (though it only operates between Skagway and Carcross, Yukon, now).
  • Alaska Railroad
    Lots of links to sites about the ARR, whose line runs between Seward and Fairbanks, Alaska

      • Ship Creek, Anchorage
        This newspaper article from June 1, 1915, describes the founding of Ship Creek, now known as Anchorage. It also lists many of the men hired to work on the construction of Alaska Railroad.
  • Rails to Riches
    Railroads had been crucial to the development of Canada and the United States; despite the engineering difficulties, over 100 railroads were organized to tap the vast resources of the new frontier of Alaska and the Yukon.
  • Alaska Canada Rail Link
    Discussed for over 80 years, this rail line is again in the news.
  • BC Rail, Dease Lake Extension
    A photo of a large fill on the abandoned grade as of 1994.
  • A Brief History of Canadian Railroads, 1836 – 1937
    The introduction to the industry in the 1938 Canadian government publication “A Statutory History of the Steam and Electric Railways of Canada”.
  • Chilkoot Pass Railroad Company
    A newspaper article from June 10, 1900 tells a bit of the story of the struggle to get a rail line across the Chilkoot Pass.
  • Great Northern Railroad
    A huge 1891 map showing Great Northern as the access route to Alaska.
  • InterBering
    This company is promoting Construction of an Interhemispheric Railroad from Canada, through Alaska to Russia, with a Bering Strait Tunnel.
  • Jernbaneverket (Norwegian National Rail Administration)
    Current operational details on all 4087 km of line in the country.
  • Klondike Mines Railway
    A huge photo gallery showing a model railroad based on the KMR and the Vancouver Westminster and Yukon Railway (which was never built).
  • Miles Canyon Historical Railway Society
    This group is building a narrow-gauge mining railway in Whitehorse as an historical interpretation project.
  • Model Railroading in Alaska
    Marty Quaas’ site is the place to keep up with what’s going on. Be sure to check out his Mooselip, Alaska, display – there’s a great story-line to go with it.
  • Northern Pacific Railroad
    A huge 1891 map showing the Northern Pacific as the access route to Alaska.
  • Railroads in South-Central Alaska, 1914
    As Alaska and the Yukon transitioned from the boom gold rush days, several major railroad projects were in the planning or construction stages.
  • Railways in Norway
    Another excellent private site with extensive information on trams, model railways, tourist travel tips and current timetables.
  • Tanana Mines Railway/Tanana Valley Railroad
    This compact site has a short history of the Tanana Valley Railroad, and an excellent series of photos of the restoration of Engine No.1.
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
    A look at the reasons for, and difficulties of construction of this legendary railroad, from “Engineering News” of March 28, 1901.
  • Trans-Siberian Railway
    A brief look at the world’s longest railway, and the major cities along it from the Russian National Tourist Office.
  • The Whitehorse Trolley
    Although dreams of having a restored steam engine back on the tracks died, a little trolley from Portugal now adds charm and colour to the banks of the Yukon River.
  • Yakutat & Southern Railroad
    This well-illustrated site tells the story of the only fish train in the world, at Yakutat, Alaska.
  • Yukon Railway Study, 1975
    A study of railway expansion alternatives in the Yukon Territory, based on projected traffic requirements to the year 2004. A lengthy summary with maps is posted, with the entire 60-page report available for download.

This site was created to allow genealogists and regional historians access to resource materials that we, and others, have assembled. The information posted at YukonAlaska, ExploreNorth, and RailsNorth has primarily been pulled from the 6,000-page master database compiled by Murray Lundberg.


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