Snow arrived in Anchorage via train Thursday morning from Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad made good on its promise to haul the snow to southcentral Alaska so Fur Rondy events and Saturday’s Iditarod ceremonial start can still take place.
The snow will be laid down on the newly shortened 3-mile Iditarod ceremonial start course.
The Alaska Railroad delivered the snow free of charge. They got it from their rail yard in Fairbanks and connected the cars to their back haul freight train that was coming to Anchorage anyway. Seven rail cars full of snow were unloaded at the Ship Creek rail yard, in Downtown Anchorage, using a large wheel loader.
“You know we’ve moved snow before we move it out of avalanch areas, we move it around our yards, but this is the first time we’ve hauled snow to somewhere for a purpose,” Alaska Railroad spokesmen Tim Sullivan said. “Of course we are really happy to be part of that purpose.”
The new snow will add on to about 1,000 truckloads of snow gathered by the Municipality of Anchorage.
The Iditarod ceremonial start begins Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m.