White Pass & Yukon Route Sets a New One Day Ridership Record
SKAGWAY, AK – The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad proudly announced that it carried 4,888 passengers on June 11, breaking the old record of 4,736.
It took 5 ships from 4 different cruise lines in port; 7 train crews; 14 trains and every available diesel locomotive and passenger coach to accomplish this feat.
Gary C. Danielson, President of the WP&YR stated that “It almost seems appropriate that it was a beautiful, sunny day today – we couldn’t be more thrilled about setting a new “high mark” for our operations. Despite the challenges in the tourism industry, this new record buoys our confidence for continued growth in passenger volumes.”
Danielson added, “I am so proud of our team, and our relationships with our customers, which makes a day like this possible.”
This week also saw a single day sales record from one ship when the Star Princess sold over 1500 of its passengers on the train on Tuesday. Danielson said, “As new, larger ships are being built, it taxes our present infrastructure to its limits and this reinforces our decision to build an additional 8 passenger cars for next season.
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 railroad has carried more than 300,000 passengers per year in its last 3 years making it Alaska’s most popular shore excursion.