July 24, 2008
SKAGWAY, AK – The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad (WP&YR) proudly announced that it carried 7009 passengers on Wednesday July 23, 2008 setting a new daily ridership record.
Gary C. Danielson, President of the WP&YR enthusiastically commented, “This historic milestone – breaking the 7000 passengers in one day threshold – is truly symbolic for us. This milestone is testament to our brand, our people and our industry partners. This milestone celebrates our investment in infrastructure, service and systems.”
“It was just a week ago that we dared think about a 7000 passenger day. Yesterday’s feat was accomplished with all trains being on time and without any sense that it was going to be a record day. Maybe it was the horrible weather, but it didn’t feel like a record day until it was all over.
I’m very proud of our people and this achievement. To grow the business to this level is very rewarding for all of us here at White Pass”, Gary added.
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 icons like the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The WP&YR is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion and North America’s busiest tourist railroad, carrying 461,388 passengers in 2007.
Gary C. Danielson
Phone: (907) 983-2214
Fax: (907) 983-2017