About the Alaska Northern Railroad and the Northern Lights Model Railroad Club:
The Railroad is built in HO Scale, 1:87, and occupies 900 square feet of space with typical Alaskan scenery. The Alaska Northern Railroad Main Line is 272 feet long, with 6 passing sidings, 3 major cities and 7 smaller towns. The track travels twice around the room, traversing mountain valleys, trestles and a glacier with icebergs floating in the lake. We have tried to capture as much of Alaska's beauty as possible and compress it into a miniature world for all to enjoy.
The Northern Lights Model Railroad takes model railroading and makes it into a family activity, hosting an annual Open House during the Fur Rendezvous celebration. The club has also provided classes in the art of Model Railroading, including model building, track laying and scenery construction.
Club meetings are held at the clubhouse in Russian Jack Springs Park, 5200 Debarr Rd., Anchorage, on Friday evenings, at 6:00 PM. The business meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Friday of the month.
A recently rebuilt Alaska Northern 2-8-0 trundles along the “Branch Line” giving the local railfans a great photo opportunity.
Organized in 1959, the Northern Lights Model Railroad Club met in members homes until space could be found to build the club's first layout. The Alaska Northern Railroad was born when the club found a home in the Anchorage Engine House of the Alaska Railroad and stayed there through the Great Alaska Earthquake. The Pipeline Boom required use of all available space in the railroad facilities and the NLMRC once again began to meet in it's member's homes. Portable layouts were built and displayed in various malls and public spaces around town and in 1976, the club began hosting it's annual "Day after Christmas Show" taking model railroading to the families of Anchorage.
The Northern Lights Model Railroad Club became a non-profit corporation in 1980, and in 1981 reached an agreement, with the Municipality of Anchorage to build an operating Model railroad exhibit for the citizens of Anchorage. During 1981, the old gardeners house in Russian Jack Springs Park was renovated. A vandal's fire on January 5th 1982, damaged the building beyond repairs. Meetings were again held in members homes until the present structure became available. Work started immediately and continues today as members time and finances allow. Join us as we enter our next 40 years of fun.
An Alaska Rail Link train creeps across the trestle just below the South Glacier.
Tourists having traveled up the Alaska Highway, must often stop to get repairs to their cars.
A Pair of Monongahela Connecting SW1000's are working the Mine near Corey. The site of foreign power is a common sight on the Alaska Northern RR
A pair of Alaska Railroad SD70MAC’s, led by 4014 is working a coal drag south to the port of Seward. Most power found working on the Alaska Northern is painted in Alaska RR livery.
A Section Crew stands in the clear while Alaska Railroad 2003 eases past. Engine 2003 is a GP38 which has been upgraded to a GP38-2.
High in the mountains, just west of the world famous South Glacier, the sleepy community of Glacier View comes to life with the arrival of the Alaska Railroad's daily Flag Stop train. The "Locals" will board the Flag Stop train to return to their remote cabins in the Alaska Bush.
Did you like what you saw in the pictures above? Are you interested in Model Railroading? Then we would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our club in Russian Jack Springs Park, 5200 Debarr Rd., Anchorage, on Friday evenings, at 6:00 PM. The business meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Friday of the month.