Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hurricane Turn

The Alaska Railroad's best kept secret is the Hurricane Turn. One of the most interesting train rides in the world. (Trust me, I've ridden trains on six continents.) As a railfan and train buff, I seek out the special, unique and unusual train rides.  This one qualifies on all counts.  One of the last Flag stop services in the country, this train travels through some amazing scenery and will stop for anyone, anywhere.  Just flag it down and get dropped off or hop aboard for an incredible adventure.  This is also a lifeline for the locals that live along the rails in this roadless wilderness of Alaska.

Alaska Railroad GP40-2 #3009 powers the train today.

Today's Hurricane train.

Indian River Bridge.

Baggage Car #100 is used on the Hurricane Turn.

Beautiful Sherman City Hall, Alaska.

I think I'm in love.  Amanda, the granddaughter of the
Mayor and owner, enjoys her summer visits here.

The track near Hurricane section house.

Our first Flagstop. Dropping off locals.

Conductor Warren helps unload.

The comfortable seating inside coach 209.
Conductor Warren in the back sharing information.

Local author and artist Shannon Cartwright on board.

The baggage car, where stuff and people hang out.

After a long weekend camping, it's time to
pack up and go home, by train. Awesome!

Honolulu creek bridge, southbound.

Honolulu creek bridge, northbound.

Watching the action in the bag car.

Approaching the Hurricane Bridge.

The view to the west from Hurricane Bridge.

The view down 297' from Hurricane Bridge.

Fireweed along the tracks.

The Indian River, a great fishing spot.

The baggage car gets full as we head back to Talkeetna.

Back in Talkeetna, time to unload and go home. 

The end.


  1. Wow! I had no idea you could just flag down a train in Alaska for a ride. What a cool thing to do!

  2. I'm Deborah, the middle daughter of the Mayor and She Who Must Be Obeyed (aka Mom) of Sherman City Hall. NOT Town Hall...important distinction! ;-) Also, my niece Amanda, the young woman with the shotgun, does not spend her summers at Sherman, but just visits. It's a great place to rest and get away from civilization, and it was a great place to grow up. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!