Thursday, February 23, 2017

For nearly a quarter-century after the abandonment of the CR&NW RR, the tracks from Chitna to McCarthy were operated as a public tram road.

After the railroad closed in 1938, residents used the McCarthy branch on an ad-hoc basis with a variety of rolling stock (mostly small hand cars, gas inspection cars, and converted autos and trucks). In 1941 the right of way was deeded to the territory as a “public tramway or tram road”, and public service was operated intermittently for many years. The Alaska Road Commission maintained the rails until WWII.

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