Alaska Railroad's new diesel multiple unit (DMU) commuter-style self-propelled railcar is one of about a dozen such railcars in the country with 90 seats upstairs and 20 seats downstairs and also features a full service galley to support onboard food service.
We offer Alaska raft trips that offer scenic views, wildlife viewing, fishing, and whitewater.
Custom group Alaska rafting adventures are available on request. If have interested in something special or participating in an exploratory expedition, please contact us with your ideals or to see what plans are being made.
Lake Creek - 7 day Whitewater Rafting and Fishing Adventure. Our favorite fly-in wilderness adventure river, great combination exciting whitewater and great Alaska fishing. Lake Creek offers almost continuous Class II/III whitewater with a few Class IV rapids, five species of salmon, rainbow trout and arctic grayling.
Chulitna River - 4 day Denali Raft Adventure. An excellent family adventure and sampling of Alaska's best wilderness and geography at a casual pace. We travel through Denali State Park, upper Susitna Valley and take out near Trapper Creek, a historic gold mining town.
The Forest Service-funded DMU arrives in spring 2009.
Chugach Explorer upstairs seating features large windows.
Chugach Explorer has a full galley for onboard food service.
Commuter rail DMUs may be configured differently.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) received a new commuter-style self-propelled railcar in April 2009. Colorado Railcar Manufacturing (CRM) began construction in late 2007. Named Chugach Explorer, the diesel multiple unit (DMU) was constructed as part of the Chugach Forest Whistle Stop Service, a joint project between the ARRC and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
The bi-level DMU is one of about a dozen such railcars in the country that meet stringent federal crash worthiness design standards required of passenger cars that operate on tracks shared with freight trains. The DMU measures 89 feet long, 19 feet 9.75 inches tall, and weighs 225,000 pounds. Capacity is 90 seats upstairs and 20 seats downstairs. Two additional non-revenue seats are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Exits on either side of the car are equipped with a wheelchair lift. The car features a full service galley to support onboard food service. Two 600 horse-power engines enable the DMU to pull two additional rail coaches. The DMU has been clocked as fast as 110 mph, but will operate at maximum speeds of 60 mph on the Alaska Railroad.
Commuter rail service in Southcentral Alaska would require a minimum of four DMUs. The likely manufacturer is US Railcar, Inc., which aquired CRM.
Project Cost and Funding
The Chugach Explorer was funded primarily by a $4.7 million USFS grant administered through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in 2007. An additional $648,000 was funded by FTA and ARRC. The total cost was $5.35 million. The next national surface transportation authorization is expected to emphasize transit, trains and trails. ARRC continues to seek programs to fund the purchase of additional DMUs.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Denali or Mt. McKinley, located within Denali National Park and Preserve, is the highest mountain on the North American continent? Measured from the 2,000 foot lowlands to its snowy summit at 20,320 feet, the mountain’s vertical relief of 18,000 feet is greater than that of Mount Everest.
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