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Work once again took me to Anchorage this summer, so I figured I'd just tack on another week to spend chasing the Alaska Railroad. It was, after all, over the summer solstice and give me more daylight than I could handle... or so I thought. As things turned out, most of the trip was filled with clouds, cold, and rain, with only a few solid days of blue skies and sun. There were enough breaks in the clouds, however, to still make things worthwhile.

The first few days were mainly filled with work. The only time I got to chase the ARR was usually in the evening or in a few hours over lunch. Fortunately for me, most of my coworkers had never been to Alaska and wanted to take a little time off before they left to do things like see Seward and visit Exit Glacier. Figuring this would be a good chance to fan during the day, I drove myself down and wound up chasing a southbound coal load from Moose Pass to Seward on the first Thursday. Once everyone else was headed home on Friday, I returned to the lines south of Anchorage to capture the operation of the daily passenger trains. Saturday went similarly - chasing passenger traffic along the Turnagain Arm.

Sunday marked a move - the trip north to Fairbanks, following on the heels of the northbound Denali Star. The day started sunny, but turned into a downpour north of Broad Pass. Monday, my day to stay around Fairbanks, was very similar. Consequently, I spent most of the day driving around and exploring ... (Continued)

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