Incredible Alaska: Get Close to It

One group that benefitted from the creation of Amtrak was the Alaska Railroad and its passengers. Amtrak didn’t buy much equipment from the Union Pacific, so UP sold many of its cars to the Alaska Railroad for use on its AuRoRa train between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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This brochure is undated, but I first rode this train in 1981 and I may have collected it then. The back of the brochure shows some of the AuRoRa’s cars, including coaches and dome cars, painted in a color very much like Union Pacific’s Armour Yellow with a blue stripe above the windows. When I rode them, the interiors of the coaches were still decorated with paintings and photos of the Union Pacific West.

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