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White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 21 January 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The White Pass and Yukon Route is a Canadian and U.S. Class II three-foot narrow gauge railroad linking the port of Skagway, Alaska, with Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon. An isolated system, it has no direct connection to any other railroad. Equipment, freight and passengers are ferried by ship through the Port of Skagway, and via road through a few of the stops along its route.

The railroad began construction in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush as a means of reaching the goldfields. With its completion in 1900, it became the primary route to the interior of the Yukon, supplanting the Chilkoot Trail and other routes. The route continued operation until 1982, and in 1988 was partially revived as a heritage railway.

Today, the railroad is a subsidiary of Clublink and operated by the Pacific and Arctic Railway and Navigation Company (in Alaska), the British Columbia Yukon Railway Company (in British Columbia) and the British Yukon Railway Company, originally known as the British Yukon Mining, Trading and Transportation Company (in Yukon), which use the trade name White Pass and Yukon Route.

Here is a view captured September 15, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/9.5 ISO 400 37 mm (35mm equiv.)

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maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Wonderful and spectacular view and very interesting note about this glorious and famous railroad!
Thank you very much for sharing. Have a nice day.

21 Jan 2016 5:59am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très vertigineux. ......
Point de vue superbe. )

21 Jan 2016 7:06am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

J'ai pu dans le Colorado voir ce genre de route ..ça fait peur !!
Mais le décor est magnifique come là sur ta photo

21 Jan 2016 7:54am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

21 Jan 2016 9:08am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

That must have sure been an ambitious railroad route to plan for !

21 Jan 2016 9:27am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot and breathtaking journey!

21 Jan 2016 9:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Ca c'est de l'aventure !!! Superbe !!!

21 Jan 2016 10:33am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Gorgeous landscape!

21 Jan 2016 11:08am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice

21 Jan 2016 12:29pm

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture with a very beautiful view

21 Jan 2016 12:38pm

franz from Baden, Austria

excellent image that gives a good and revealing overlook over the dramatic scenery and the track. i suppose you took this photo from one of the rear railroad cars ?!?

21 Jan 2016 1:35pm

@franz: Yes. And by the time the rear car got to where you see the green engine car, the people got very quiet and motionless as if to fear any movement would cause the car to derail and fall down the cliff.

Don from Spokane, United States

This looks to be a fabulous, scenic route. I like how the railroad hugs the mountain.

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21 Jan 2016 4:14pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Very beautiful !

21 Jan 2016 5:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Kind of scaring looking place for a traveling train. Beautiful view

21 Jan 2016 5:41pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb landscape with the train.:-)

21 Jan 2016 8:10pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very nice. Well done.

21 Jan 2016 8:51pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Beautiful view that we must have along the way,!!

21 Jan 2016 9:08pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Gotta love the depth and the colours and from your vantage point you must
have had to wait a while for this spectacular photo. There does not appear
to be windows on that train, as if some are standing between cars !!

21 Jan 2016 9:43pm

@Phil Morris: There were windows but a lot of glare to contend with. I was standing outside between the cars myself. The disappointing result of riding the train is that close to 75% of my photos while on the train were all blurry due to too much jagged movement of the train.

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

what a beautiful
just nice

21 Jan 2016 9:51pm

outsidersworld from Everywhere, Germany

the train revives the overall view here ... I like the view and the bright colors ... very nice to look at ... Thank you for the interesting information ...

21 Jan 2016 10:56pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

A superb view of that train against the mountainside.... an impressive capture!

22 Jan 2016 12:31am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderful scenic. The bright stripe of the train looks like an arrow shooting into the mountain gap.

22 Jan 2016 1:19am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous image! The view must be just spectacular from the train. This landscape is just beautiful. Very interesting information.

22 Jan 2016 2:29am

James from Central Florida, United States

Looks like a precarious route for the train, dangerous and beautiful at the same time.

22 Jan 2016 3:25am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel train le long de la pente et ces sapins superbe

22 Jan 2016 4:35am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is another superb image. It looks like you had a great time in the north.

22 Jan 2016 5:10am

fereshteh. from Iran


22 Jan 2016 7:25am

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle vue superbe ! Il ne faut pas avoir le vertige !

22 Jan 2016 8:50am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


22 Jan 2016 2:53pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Amazing ride! Great photo capturing this fantastic place and railway.

22 Jan 2016 7:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a beautiful and rugged route this train follows. Excellent image.

23 Jan 2016 12:08am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a dramatic railway line. Excellent capture

23 Jan 2016 8:21pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

wonderful view !

24 Jan 2016 6:54am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


24 Jan 2016 5:38pm

Francois Lagane from France

Not easy to shoot in this pace

24 Jan 2016 10:04pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I remember my trip on the The White Pass and Yukon Route. The scenery was awesome.

24 Jan 2016 10:58pm

Urspo from Phoenix, Afghanistan

I've been there; I recognized it right away!

25 Jan 2016 1:51am

Yvon from Belgium

Yessss, a big shot.
Have a nice week, Steven.

25 Jan 2016 8:14pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

I've always wanted to go there. This is an amazing shot and I can only imagine what it must have been like to look at that !

27 Jan 2016 5:26am

roland theys from Loverval, Belgium

Very beautiful photo!

27 Jan 2016 7:40pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful place, good compo !

28 Jan 2016 11:22am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une vue spectaculaire et des couleurs fantastiques!
Spectacular views and fantastic colors!

29 Jan 2016 12:57pm

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful. The train looks like its in real danger.

30 Jan 2016 6:11am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition & colors!
Amazing view!

31 Jan 2016 11:13pm

Anne from France

C'est sans doute vertigineux!

6 Feb 2016 8:37am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful mountain view and a great capture of this railroad. Love this. :)

14 Feb 2016 5:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A fabulous image! Gorgeous landscape. The train looks really crowded. I am sure that it is very popular.

14 Feb 2016 11:54pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Stunning scenery !!! Wonderful capture, the speed of the train (though I don't know if that would be too much there) against this amazing landscape.

21 Feb 2016 8:53pm