Riding the White Pass railway today gives passengers a good idea of the labor involved in its construction. The White Pass railway climbs from sea level at Skagway to almost 3,000 feet at the summit just 20 miles later and features tight curves and steep grades. Narrow gauge was used because of the sharp turns and to save costs. The railway has two tunnels and numerous bridges along the route, and over 35,000 men worked in building the railroad.
Although the railway is used for sightseeing today, train cars carried huge amounts of ore to Skagway for decades, and the railroad was the chief supplier for the World War II Alaska Highway project.
Join me for a 28-mile ride on the White Pass from Skagway to Fraser, BC.