July 20, 2006
SKAGWAY, AK – The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad (WP&YR) announced that it carried 6,689 passengers on July 19, 2006 breaking the old daily record of 6,410 set just 5 weeks ago on June 14, 2006.
Gary C. Danielson, President of the WP&YR stated that, “We knew we would have a good day, however, we had never expected our daily record to fall that fast — it took us two years to surpass our previous record day!”
This is the 7th consecutive Wednesday carrying more than 6,000 passengers. “Our Fraser trains and 4:30 trains are making all the difference”, Danielson added. The 4 Fraser trains which make connections with motorcoaches for a wide variety of combination tours carried a record 2,112 passengers on board. Two 4:30 Summit Excursions took advantage of the beautiful weather, long summer day and pent-up demand to carry 754 additional passengers.
With 5 ships in port carrying 11,000 passengers along with independent motorcoach tours, it required a total team effort to coordinate the movement of 12 trains and the thousands of passengers and have it completed safely and efficiently.
“I’m very proud of our people and their accomplishment in setting this new daily record,” Danielson remarked.
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