Train Ride to the White Pass Summit

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July 9th 2010
Published: July 15th 2010
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The word lovely is a strange adjective to couple with the word Skagway, but today was a lovely day here - sunny, blue skies and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Rachel and I took advantage of the situation and rode the scenic White Pass and Yukon Railroad up to the White Pass Summit. Leaving from the train depot in town near the docks, the 20 mile ride passes over several bridges and waterfalls and through two tunnels.

In Canada, at the summit, the engines switch positions from the front of the train to the back and the seat backs flip over so that we face in the opposite direction. The scenery was absolutely spectacular on the trip up and back again.

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The Road from the TrainThe Road from the Train
The Road from the Train

We are always taking pictures of the tracks from the road, now we see a different perspective.
The Train BridgesThe Train Bridges
The Train Bridges

Coming around the switchback and heading for the bridges
One Thousand Foot DropOne Thousand Foot Drop
One Thousand Foot Drop

Going over the railroad bridge there is a 1000 foot drop - Yikes!
Train heading back down the mountainTrain heading back down the mountain
Train heading back down the mountain

Going over 1000 foot drop bridge
Caboose CabinCaboose Cabin
Caboose Cabin

For $35 a person can camp in this caboose overnight. Hikers

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