UNITED STATES. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. ALASKA RAILROAD. War Record; 1943-1945. .1 cu. ft.
During World War II, the Alaska Railroad was used by the army to transport military personnel, supplies, and construction materials between Seward, Whittier, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. To facilitate these activities and to provide security for railroad operations the 714th Railway Operating Battalion was assigned to operate the railroad in May of 1943 in cooperation with civilian railroad personnel. In addition to its rail activities, the Alaska Railroad also operated a river line between the railhead at Nenana and Marshall on the Lower Yukon, and modernized and operated the Eska Coal Mines north of Anchorage in order to adequately supply the coal needs of the army and the railroad during the war. The army operation ended in May, 1945.
The collection consists of a xerographic copy of a report on the activities of the Alaska Railroad during World War II, written in 1945. The report includes freight tonnage and revenue statistics, as well as photographs of railroad facilities, trains, and activities. There is also a set of 15 negatives and contact prints made from the photographs in the report.
The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Lyman Woodman in 1984.