Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2000

White Pass breaks records

The White Pass & Yukon Route railroad broke all previous ridership records this year, selling more than 30,000 tickets. Last year's passenger total was 274,000.

The record comes on the heels of the railroad's centennial celebration, a yearlong recognition of the line's completion in 1900.

"We knew we were having a great season, but shattering the old record during our centennial year is beyond our wildest expectations. This means good things for the future of the WP&YR and its place in Alaska tourism," said Gary Danielson, the company's vice president.

In 1988, the railroad carried 37,000 passengers when it reopened after a six-year hiatus. The railroad was built between 1898 and 1900, connecting Alaska to Canada and served as a link between the port of Skagway and the Yukon. It is one of Alaska's most popular visitor attractions. As part of its centennial activities, the White Pass restored service to Carcross, Yukon Territory, making it the longest operating narrow gauge railroad in North America.

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