Hurricane Turn

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Hurricane Turn
Service type Flag stop
Status Operating
Locale Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA
Current operator(s) Alaska Railroad
Start Talkeetna
End Hurricane Gulch
Distance travelled 57.6 mi (92.7 km)
Average journey time 2 hours 30 minutes each way, 5 hours 45 minutes round trip
Service frequency Thursday through Sunday (May through September)
On-board services
Seating arrangements Coach
Catering facilities None
Operating speed 59 mph
Track owner(s) Alaska Railroad
Route map
Dist. Stop
281.4 mi
452.9 km
273.8 mi
440.6 km
270.0 mi
434.5 km
Twin Bridges
263.2 mi
423.6 km
Gold Creek
257.7 mi
414.7 km
248.5 mi
399.9 km
236.2 mi
380.1 km
226.7 mi
364.8 km
summer only
159.8 mi
257.2 km
114.3 mi
183.9 km

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The Hurricane, or Hurricane Turn, is a passenger train operated by the Alaska Railroad between Talkeetna and Hurricane Gulch in Alaska. This train is unique in that rather than making scheduled station stops, it is a flag stop train meaning that passengers between Talkeetna and Hurricane can wave a white cloth anywhere along the route and the train will stop to pick them up. The train runs Thursday-Sunday between the months of May and September and the first Thursday of every month the rest of the year.[1]

Effective 2009 the Budd Rail Diesel Cars are no longer used on the Hurricane Turn.[2] Current configuration is two locomotives, two passenger cars and one baggage car.

The Hurricane Turn is one of the last true flag-stop trains in the United States.[3]

Alaska Railroad route
(interactive version)
1435mm gauge tracks, paved roads


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