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This Breathtaking Railway Was Built in Just Two Years

Short | 03:19

The White Pass & Yukon railway system was built in 1898, connecting Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Canada. Amazingly, it took inexperienced workers just two years to build it into the side of an ice-covered mountain.


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In April, Skagway, Alaska, is a quiet little village, but from May through September, it transforms into a boomtown. Every year, thousands of cruise ship passengers dock here and take a ride on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route to get a taste of what the life was like for Klondike gold miners over a century ago. Embark on a journey through mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, and trestles, and discover the challenges involved in maintaining this mountain railway and keeping its rare, old locomotives in top hauling form.

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