Sometimes called the ‘Local’ or the ‘Bud Car,’ this flagstop train (one of the last still running in America) provides a local rural service from Thursday through Sunday (and some major holidays) in summer. Departure from Talkeetna is at 1pm for the trip north to Hurricane Gulch, where the train turns around and heads back the same day.
The train takes you within view of Denali and into some remote areas, and because it goes slower and is less noisy than the Denali Star, your chances of spotting wildlife are greater. You also have a better opportunity to mingle with local residents, many of whom use this line to access hunting locations, or simply enjoy it as a nostalgic journey from another era.
During the winter, the train operates once a week (on Thursdays) and travels between Anchorage and Hurricane Gulch, north of Talkeetna.