White Pass Yukon trestle by Nancy Richard

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The White Pass Yukon railway was born to serve the 1897 gold rush between Skagway, Alaska and White Horse in the Canadian Yukon. It is a Class II, narrow gauge railway which allowed for tighter radius turns to be used on curves. This eliminated having to blast through much of the route, though 450 tons of explosives were used nonetheless to reach White Pass summit.

Enroute, the train passes the grave of Soapy Smith, the corrupt Skagway crime boss, who was shot on a Juneau wharf.

The train presently serves tourists between Skagway and White Pass. This is one of a number of trestle bridges, which span streams and valleys enroute.


alaska, trains, bridges, canada, railroads, skagway, white horse, white pass, yukon

I am deeply concerned about environment, wildlife, and animal welfare, feeling a strong commitment to leaving the planet in better shape for new generations. Therefore, I support a number of charities that reflect those interests.

I have a degree in English and Library Science, but if I had my life to live over, I would have loved to have been a photographer, writer, and/or National Park ranger.

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  • OregonCurly
    OregonCurlyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot! That is such a grand trip on that train, isn’t it.

  • Many thanks, guys! (Tough to get pictures out of a train window)

    – Nancy Richard

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 3 years ago

    Very impressive,beautiful image!

  • Thank you so much, Ellen. Happy you like it.

    – Nancy Richard

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    Nancy…you gipsy traveler you!!! I’m so glad for you…to go all those interesting places…and I get to see the photos…
    must have been fun!!!

  • Thanks, Lorraine. Yes, I love to travel (though I’ve been kind of grounded lately). Hope to get back to it this spring. Traveling makes for interesting photography, but it takes creativity to get shots like yours. Thanks so much for your comment, Lorraine.

    – Nancy Richard

  • trobe
    trobeover 3 years ago

    You are a runner-up in our February “Bridges” challenge. Well Done!

  • Thank you so very much. This wasn’t one of my favorite shots, so I’m so happy you like it.

    – Nancy Richard

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