We can’t believe that the annual Santa Train is rapidly approaching! Below you’ll find all the details on the 2016 Santa Train. We hope to see you there!
Although autumn has only just begun to show its face in the North, we are already looking ahead to wintertime activities! The highlight of Skagway’s Yuletide season, WP&YR’s Santa Train, will be enjoyed by all on Saturday December 13, 2014. So mark your calendars now and plan to attend this fun and festive event!
Originally posted September 11, 2014
–July 28, 2014–
White Pass resumed regular scheduled service on Saturday July 26, 2014. We thank you for your patience as we took the necessary steps to ensure safe travel for our guests on our rail line.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding guest travel, please do not hesitate to contact us via our toll free line at 800-343-7373 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2014
The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, headquartered in Skagway, Alaska, confirms that one of its scheduled scenic excursion trains partially derailed this afternoon near Milepost 20 northeast of Skagway. The location of the derailment is on a section of track that routinely handles thousands of passenger excursion trips across the scenic and historic White Pass & Yukon Route constructed at the turn of the century. The derailment involved two vintage locomotives and four passenger rail cars. Early reports indicate that there were multiple injuries, although none of them appear to have been life-threatening. “Any injury connected to our rail operations, whether to our passengers or our employees, is always considered serious” said John Finlayson, President of White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. “Although we have not yet identified the specific cause or causes of this incident, a thorough investigation has been undertaken, and all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that safe operations remain the overriding focus of our workforce and management team.”
White Pass & Yukon Route rail operations have been temporarily suspended to allow its investigation to proceed and expert analysis of the cause to be completed. It is anticipated that rail operations will resume as soon as the company can assure the safety of its passengers and employees. “Safety is, and always will be, our number one priority” Mr. Finlayson said.
— July 9, 2014 —
After being the highlight of WP&YR’s float in Skagway’s 4th of July parade, Engine No. 52 now has a new home alongside Rotary No. 1 behind the Skagway Depot. Residing at the Maintenance Shops for many years and slowly succumbing to the elements, Engine No. 52 is believed to be the first engine to reach the White Pass Summit in February 1899. Keeping in mind the engine’s huge historical significance, WP&YR Painters Judy Martell and Mike Mileski transformed the engine from rusty to radiant, doing an excellent job restoring her to former glory. On Saturday July 5, Maintenance of Way employees carefully and expertly maneuvered Engine 52 from a flatbed trailer onto a short track near Centennial Park that will be her new home. WP&YR is very excited that this piece of living history will now be more easily accessible to the traveling public!
— July 4, 2014 —
This year Independence Day proved to be a crazy day filled with torrential rainfall, altered train schedules, a highway closure, and Chilkoot Trail flooding. But amid the chaos, the 4th of July festivities in Skagway still went on, if just a tad bit wet.
The theme of this year’s Skagway parade was “Traveling Through The Generations”. WP&YR played off that and came up with ‘White Pass Through The Generations’, and what better way to showcase that than with the first engine to the Summit that started it all! We put Engine No. 52 on a flatbed and added all the patriotic decorations we could muster, plus a smoke machine and authentic steam engine sounds, to really make it come to life! And our hard work paid off: WP&YR’s parade float won the Grand Prize AND Most Patriotic!
We always hear it said that there’s no better place than Skagway to spend the 4th of July and we think that most certainly holds true. Even the rain and cold couldn’t dampen everyone’s spirits. Special thanks to Hamilton Construction for lending us their truck and trailer to make it all possible!
–July 8, 2014–
On Monday July 7, 2014, Radiance of the Seas passenger Brian Shelly stopped by the WP&YR Depot to say that he had something of historical significance that he wanted to gift to White Pass. Mr. Shelly stepped into the office of WP&YR Marketing Manager Allison Haas, where he explained that his great-grandfather, Calvin E. Shelly, had worked for the WP&YR from 1906 to 1918, serving as a conductor on the rail line. Mr. Shelly had brought his great-grandfather’s annual passes with him on his cruise and proudly showed them off.
He was missing only one year from Calvin E. Shelly’s tenure – 1907 – and had two from 1906, one of which he kept for himself. The remainder he generously donated to the White Pass Archives. From 1906-1910, the cards are filled out in a beautiful handwritten text, however from 1911 and forward, the information on the cards was neatly typed out. Each card was good for a limited time, expiring on December 31st of each year, and were used as proof that the employee had been certified to work the specified job. All are signed by Calvin E. Shelly, various examiners and four different WP&YR Presidents.
White Pass thanks Mr. Shelly for his assistance in keeping the illustrious history of WP&YR alive for future generations!