Take That Trip to Alaska! #7: Drive on the Rails

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Trip to Alaska Reasons: #7 – Drive on the Rails Through A Railroad Tunnel

If you want to visit the town of Whittier, Alaska, you’ll either need to take a trail or a car — but either way, you’ll pass through the same tunnel.  The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel displays a uniquely Alaskan solution to a problem — allowing both automobile and railroad traffic to share a narrow, one-lane passageway through a very big mountain.

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The Anton Anderson Tunnel claims several titles, including the longest highway tunnel in North America.  It was first built as a railroad tunnel, and automobiles were loaded onto rail cars and shuttled through the mountain.  In 2000, work was completed on a computerized system that allowed cars and trains to share the same space.  Autos drive on the rails – traveling into Whittier on the half-hour, and out on the hour.  Car traffic is shut down when trains approach.

Check out my drive through the Anton Anderson Tunnel

Check out my first trip to Alaska
And the second trip to Alaska

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