Alaska Railroad Menu

In 1981, the Alaska Railroad’s train from Anchorage to Fairbanks used former Union Pacific streamlined coaches, domes, and dining cars. The cars were painted yellow–which may even have been Union Pacific Armour Yellow–and blue and the interiors still had large posters on the bulkheads showing Union Pacific passenger trains in the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere.

Click image to download a 1.2-MB PDF of this menu.

This menu served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offered reindeer sausage and sourdough pancakes for breakfast and salmon or halibut for dinner, but with the possible exception of the “daily chef’s special” the lunches seemed to have no special Alaska content. The menu listed some a la carte breakfast choices; otherwise, the breakfast meals were $6, lunches were $8, and dinners were $15 (about $14, $18, and $34 in today’s money).

Click image for a larger view of this photo, which I probably took the same day I “collected” this menu from the dining car.

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