Talk of Alaska: The Alaska Railroad turns 100

A train goes over a creek in a mountainous area
The Alaska Railroad passenger train in Whittier, Alaska. (Photo by Ron Reiring/Wikimedia Commons)

In July of 1923 the last spike signaling the completion of the railroad from Seward to Fairbanks was pounded into place in Nenana by President Warren G Harding. 100 years later, the Alaska railroad is unique in the nation as the only remaining rail service to carry both passengers and freight. We discuss the history and future plans for the Alaska Railroad and its centennial celebration on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Bill O’Leary – President & CEO, Alaska Railroad
  • Jim Blasingame – Alaska Railroad Historian


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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