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PIONEER PARK
AIRPORT WAY
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA -
Location: PIONEER PARK IS LOCATED ON AIRPORT WAY IN FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
Description:
  • STEAM EXCURSIONS NARROW GAUGE (36 IN.)
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Related Webs: PIONEER PARK INFO
Comments/Directions:
Displays include Tanana Valley RR Engine #1, a 3' gauge H.K. Porter 0-4-0-ST, #1792, built 3/1899. Operators included the Tanana Mines Railroad/Tanana Valley Railroad. It was retired in 1927. Restoration is completed. The engine returned to limited operation on July 4, 2000. There is also an ARR Pullman Car, The Denali, under restoration, and a gas-powered 0-4-0 replica locomotive, The Whiskey Island and Crooked Creek RR, which operate on trackage that encircles the park. Other RR related Displays at the park include the 257 foot sternwheel steamboat Nenana (built in 1933, retired 1956). The Nenana spent almost its whole life owned by the Alaska Railroad. The park also includes a multi-purpose Civic Center, a Pioneer Museum featuring displays about the early days in Fairbanks, an enclosed Air Transportation museum, a playground, picnic facilities, and a "pioneer village" assembled from restored early-day Fairbanks structures. The park is open year around but most commercial facilities are only open Memorial Day through Labor day. The Tanana Valley Railroad Museum is open off-season on weekends and by appointment. Admission to the park, and the TVRR Museum, is free. Visitors are always welcome.
Added 09/20/2002
Updated 12/27/2005
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