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Friday, April 6, 2012

Bachmann N Scale Electric Train Set - McKinley Explorer - Alaska Railroad

Bachmann N Scale Electric Train Set - McKinley Explorer - Alaska Railroad

Product Features

powered EMD F9 diesel locomotive with operating headlight and unpowered EMD F9 unit
3 Full-dome passenger cars
34" x 24" oval of nickel silver E-Z Track
Power pack and speed controller
Illustrated instruction manual

From the Manufacturer

Treating passengers to breathtaking views of the Alaskan wilderness in special vista-dome cars is the McKinley Explorer. Operating today from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and running through Denali National Park, this train’s lucky riders might thrill to the sight of bear, moose, sheep, and bald eagles.

The Alaska Railroad (reporting mark ARR) is a Class II railroad which extends from Seward and Whittier, in the south of the state of Alaska, in the United States, to Fairbanks (passing through Anchorage), and beyond to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright in the interior of that state. Uniquely, it carries both freight and passengers throughout its system, including Denali National Park (most other intercity passenger rail in the U.S.A. is carried on the Federal Amtrak system). The railroad has a mainline over 470 miles (760 km) long and is well over 500 miles (800 km) including branch lines and sidings. It is currently owned by the State of Alaska. The railroad is connected to the lower 48 via three rail barges that sail between the Port of Whittier and Harbor Island in Seattle (the Alaska Railroad-owned Alaska Rail Marine, from Whittier to Seattle, and the CN Rail-owned Aqua Train, from Whittier to Prince Rupert, British Columbia) but does not currently have a fixed land connection with any other railroad lines on the North American network. In 2008, the company earned a profit of $12.5 million (down 23%) on revenues of $158.7 million (up 6.9%), $121.7 million of which was operating revenue (up 5.2%).

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