White Pass & Yukon Route Steam Spectacular

Free Program at the Nevada State Railroad Museum October 10

In 1900 the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) was built through some of the most spectacular scenery and difficult terrain in Alaska. It provided an all-weather route to Whitehorse, jumping-off point for the Klondike goldfields in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

This past June, John Frink of the Nevada State Railroad Museum was one of 120 participants in the four-day White Pass Rail Spectacular. John will present an illustrated talk about the trip on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

“I have loved trains and railroading all my life,” said Frink. “This was my second trip to Alaska to ride the White Pass & Yukon Route and I can’t wait to do it again.”

A transplant from the East Coast, Frink is the Administrative Assistant for the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum operates steam-ups with historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment on selected weekends throughout the year. The museum also participates in scholarly efforts, such as the annual V & T Railroad History Symposium held in Carson City each fall. It hosts special celebrations, such as the recent Labor Day celebration. Open daily from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the museum is located on Route 395 at the south end of Carson City at the intersection of Fairview Avenue. A yellow train station and red water tank at the entrance to the museum grounds are landmarks. For more information, please contact John Frink at (775) 687-6953.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is one of seven museums of the Nevada Department
Cultural Affairs. DCA is comprised of the Division of Museums and History, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Library and Archives, and the Nevada Arts Council. It serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, preservation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. Other key components of the department are the Comstock Historic District Commission, the Literacy Coalition, the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs. More information is on the web page at NevadaCulture.org.


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