The North Star Line

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I rented a vehicle to drive to Council to do an inspection on one of our other helicopters working out there without a mechanic. I took my time getting there, stopping to take a few pictures along the 75 mile drive. About thirty miles east of Nome, I spotted what appeared to be a scrap yard of old railroad locomotives. Here's their story…

 

In 1897, a rich gold deposit was found fifty miles inland from the mouth of the Solomon River and the discovery area became known as Council City. Transporting equipment and supplies to the site was difficult and expensive so it was decided to build a railroad. A route from Solomon to Council was surveyed in 1902 and construction of Alaska's first standard-gauge railroad began the following June - the Council City and Solomon River Railroad (CC&SRR) which was also called the North Star Line.

The railroad to nowhere
The project employed 450 workers and laid 10 miles of track by August of 1903.

 

After running short of funds in 1906, construction stopped just twenty miles short of Council City. The CC&SRR operated a stage coach line for two summers from the rails end to Council but it eventually proved too costly. Bankruptcy  was filed for  in 1907. A major storm in 1913 destroyed the railroad bridge over the Solomon River and damaged sections of track. The locomotives remain today where  they were stranded - just off the road outside Solomon, about thirty miles east of Nome. These locomotives had begun service on the elevated railways of New York City before becoming the workhorses of the CC&SRR. Their present bleak setting aptly fits the often used nickname of 'The railroad to nowhere'.

Andy99 says:
Amazing that the locomotives are still just sitting there!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2008
furiousfowl says:
wow, awesome pics of these old trains, great photo work, loved it
Posted on: Jul 16, 2008
cvanzoen says:
You really give us much information on all the sites you share with us. I like that a lot it is very informative.
Posted on: Jul 13, 2008
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Solomon
Solomon
The railroad to nowhere
The railroad to nowhere
Relics from the past
Relics from the past
Remnants of the North Star Line
Remnants of the North Star Line
North Star workhorse
North Star workhorse
CC&SRR locomotives
CC&SRR locomotives
Rusting history
Rusting history
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photo by: rotorhead85