ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Steam engine 557, a 69-year-old Alaska Railroad locomotive, rolled into Anchorage for the first time in many years Tuesday.
“It's a pretty big moment for Alaska and the railroad,” said David Blazejewski, the Alaska Railroad's transportation superintendent.
Blazejewski gathered along the Seward Highway with several other railroad fans to see the locomotive make its way from Whittier to Anchorage on a flatbed railcar, towed by a pair of diesel locomotives.
Engine 557 was the last regularly-scheduled steam locomotive to run on the Alaska Railroad, before it was retired in the 1960’s and sent to a museum down in Washington State.
The man who owned 557 passed away recently and some buyers up North decided to jump at the opportunity to bring the machine back to Alaska.