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Alaska: Wilderness Express (8 June 2016)

THERE was so many, many photos I took during my trip in Alaska. Following the one on white water rafting (which I didn’t take), here is the first set taken on a train ride.

We boarded the Wilderness Express that is pulled by Alaska Railroad locomotives.

The upper deck of the railcar is a full-length curved glass dome that provides a spectacular view.

The lower deck is the dining room where we had our lunch and enjoyed the lovely scenery.

From Talkeetna station to Denali National Park the train ride was so smooth we mostly didn’t feel the sway of the railcars.

With my camera I captured as many of the scenery I saw from the glass-dome railcar.

My vocabulary is limited in describing the scenery I saw – awesome, breath-taking, spectacular, beautiful, rugged and majestic.

I hope my photos are on par with my description of this 49th state of the USA.

The turnoff into Talkeetna Depot.
The train approaching the station.
Up close and personal with the approaching locomotive.
A side view of the locomotive.
The Wilderness Express glass-dome railcar waiting for us to board.
All ready for our journey to begin on The Wilderness Express.
The dining room on the lower deck awaiting us for lunch.
Mount Denali can be seen above the clouds on this clear and sunny day.
A range of mountains spotted with snow.
A scenic view of white water rapids seen during the train ride.
The evergreen trees of Alaska.
The picturesque mountain range in the background with the evergreen trees in the foreground.
From our railcar we can see the front of the train rounding the bend.
Mirror image of the sky, clouds and trees reflected in this clear still body of water.
Could beavers be living here?
Panoramic view of the Susitna River while crossing the bridge.
Our train pulled onto a siding near Broad Pass and the southbound train roll on by.
Aren’t these mountain range magnificent.
A couple of houses seen across the river, we are almost reaching Denali Train Depot.
The Denali Train Depot. From here our journey will continue tomorrow into the Denali National Park.


I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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