June 19, 2006
SKAGWAY, AK – The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad (WP&YR) announced that it carried 6,410 passengers on June 14, 2006 breaking the old daily record of 6,251 set on June 17, 2004.
Gary C. Danielson, President of the WP&YR stated that, “This record comes as a result of the total team effort needed to coordinate the movement of 11 trains and the thousands of passengers and have it completed safely and efficiently. “With over 10,900 cruise ship passengers in Skagway on the record breaking day and several motorcoach groups arriving via the highway, it shows the continued strength of Alaska as a destination and the popularity of the White Pass as a destination activity.”
The White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge railway was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush and is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark – a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The WP&YR is North America’s busiest tourist railroad, carrying over 430,000 passengers in 2005.
Gary C. Danielson
Phone: (907) 983-2214
Fax: (907) 983-2017