Lynden Delivers Locomotives by Barge to Skagway
The locomotives are for the The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, which is dubbed the “scenic railway of the world.”
Recently the Whittier Provider and the Bering Titan delivered two locomotives to Skagway for the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway.
“All the locomotives were transported on special barges that feature tracks on the barge deck designed to move rail cars,” says Skagway Service Center Manager Cory Bricker. The new locomotives were built by National Railway Equipment Company in Mount Vernon, Illinois and then shipped to Seattle.
Alaska Marine Lines has moved locomotives for the railway before using a heavy-duty dolly as a means of transport. The dolly and locomotive “package” were stowed onto the deck of a regular barge, which allowed for maneuvering upon arrival. This time, the locomotives rode the rail barges and were unloaded by crane for placement on the White Pass railway.
“These locomotives are valued at about $2.5 million each so everyone was invested in making sure the move went smoothly and safely,” Cory says.
Dubbed the scenic railway of the world, the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway covers 68 miles of breathtaking scenery between Skagway and Carcross, Yukon Territory.
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