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Alaska Railroad rolls out new menu items and adventures for the summer season


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Railroad has long been an idyllic way for visitors to experience the grandeur of the Last Frontier. While daily summer trains connect passengers from Seward, Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, the Alaska Railroad is also a source for exciting culinary and travel experiences. This summer, the Railroad is offering a revamped onboard dining menu and a number of new excursions for passengers.


Beginning in mid May, passengers can enjoy a selection of new, locally sourced menu items developed by the Railroad’s new partner Executive Chef, Alexa Stallone. Blending local ingredients with hearty classics as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, new culinary offerings include: Snowbird Barley prepared with coconut milk and barley from Alaska Flour Company; Reindeer Bolognese sourced with Alaska reindeer and pork sausage from Indian Valley Meats tossed with penne pasta; Alaska Chop Salad topped with smoked salmon from Trapper’s Creek Smoking Company; as well as classic favorites such as the Slow-Braised Pot Roast. The new menu is available for seated dining service. 


Summer season kicks off on May 11, 2017, when the Hurricane Turn Train makes its way from Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch. As one of the last flagstop services in the nation, this train gives passengers the unique opportunity to get off the train anywhere along its 55-mile route to explore Alaska’s backcountry. Simply get back on the train with the wave of a flag. 


Offering daily service between Anchorage to Seward, the Coastal Classic Train begins service on May 13, 2017. Passengers experience the beauty of the Chugach Mountains as the Coastal Classic winds around the Turnagain Arm and sets off into Alaska’s backcountry toward Seward, gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park.


With daily departures from both Anchorage and Fairbanks, the Denali Star Train is the ticket to adventure in Southcentral and Interior Alaska beginning May 17, 2017. The Denali Getaway Package makes it simple to celebrate Denali National Park & Preserve’s centennial year this summer. To showcase the accessibility of this iconic national park, the experience includes round-trip rail service, a one-or two-night stay in Denali and shuttle service to and from the Denali depot to nearby accommodations. 


Adventure seekers of all ability levels can hop aboard the Glacier Discovery Train starting on May 27, 2017. Heading south from Anchorage, the Glacier Discovery deviates from the Coastal Classic route in Girdwood as it embarks for Whittier, Portage and Grandview. This route is also the connection to adventurous excursions in the Chugach National Forest at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, which is only accessible via the Alaska Railroad. Beginning this summer, the Railroad and its partners will offer additional excursions at Spencer Glacier such as kayaking on the glacial lake and salmon bakes.


“Here at the Alaska Railroad, we strive to find ways to enhance the true Alaska experience for our passengers,” Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service Dale Wade said. “We are always looking for ways to make a journey across Alaska extraordinary, and this summer will be no exception.”


For additional details about the Alaska Railroad and its summer service options, visit www.alaskarailroad.com


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