Connections Magazine

Winter 2014

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WATCH A VINTAGE HYDRO-TRAIN VIDEO CLIP AT CROWLEY.COM/ALASKAHYDROTRAIN Pr"ented by: In 1958, Crowley became the first company to offer common carrier transportation of cargo in containers from the Lower 48 to Alaska utilizing traditional tug and barge service. This carriage expanded in 1963 as Crowley began the Alaska Hydro-Train in support of the Alaska Railroad. The Hydro-Train melded rail and barge transportation as Crowley loaded rail cars in Seattle and delivered them to the Alaska Railroad terminal in Whittier. From there they moved by rail to Fairbanks and Anchorage. This operation required barges to be equipped with tracks on deck to carry about 50 railcars on each leg of the weekly, 2,756-mile roundtrip delivery. Whittier, Alka A

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