On board the Alaskan Hurricane Turn Train that passengers can flag down at any point on the route

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Train journeys tend to start and end at railway stations.

But in Alaska they do things a little differently – and run a train that picks up passengers who simply flag it down. Anywhere on the route.

The service is called the Hurricane Turn Train and it is, as the Alaskan Railroad website points out, ‘a train like no other’. 

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Alaska's Hurricane Turn Train picks up passengers who flag it down - anywhere on the route

Alaska's Hurricane Turn Train picks up passengers who flag it down - anywhere on the route

Alaska’s Hurricane Turn Train picks up passengers who flag it down – anywhere on the route

All passengers have to do is wave a white flag – or even their arms or a white T-shirt – to catch the driver’s attention.

The train will then come to a stop and the passengers can clamber aboard, along with their pets, as one fascinating video shows.

Filmed by a passenger on board, it shows the train coming to a halt in the middle of a wood and a group of hikers loading up their gear – and a trusty hound.

The twin-engine train is only three-carriages long and its operators say this makes it easy to stop at short notice.

People standing on the side of the tracks wait for the train to come to a halt after flagging it down 

People standing on the side of the tracks wait for the train to come to a halt after flagging it down 

People standing on the side of the tracks wait for the train to come to a halt after flagging it down 

A railroad worker first loads their bags and other luggage on to the train before they come aboard on a separate carriage

A railroad worker first loads their bags and other luggage on to the train before they come aboard on a separate carriage

A railroad worker first loads their bags and other luggage on to the train before they come aboard on a separate carriage

Not only does the train take human passengers, they also allow dogs. Pictured is one pet being lifted on to the train 




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Not only does the train take human passengers, they also allow dogs. Pictured is one pet being lifted on to the train 

Not only does the train take human passengers, they also allow dogs. Pictured is one pet being lifted on to the train 

According to Alaskan Railroad, locals in the state take advantage of the Hurricane Turn as it provides access to hard-to-reach cabins, where guests can hunt and fish.

In summer, the Hurricane route starts in Talkeetna, a village north of Anchorage, and runs north on a 55-mile route.

It also takes in Hurricane Gulch, known for its picturesque bridge – the longest and tallest on the route.

The Hurricane Turn Train travels from Talkeetna north to Hurricane Gulch, pictured, before reversing for the return trip

The Hurricane Turn Train travels from Talkeetna north to Hurricane Gulch, pictured, before reversing for the return trip

The Hurricane Turn Train travels from Talkeetna north to Hurricane Gulch, pictured, before reversing for the return trip

During the summer, a trip from Talkeetna to Hurricane costs $54, while a winter trip costs $49

During the summer, a trip from Talkeetna to Hurricane costs $54, while a winter trip costs $49

During the summer, a trip from Talkeetna to Hurricane costs $54, while a winter trip costs $49

Locals in Alaska take advantage of the Hurricane Turn Train as it provides access to hard-to-reach cabins, where guests can hunt and fish

Locals in Alaska take advantage of the Hurricane Turn Train as it provides access to hard-to-reach cabins, where guests can hunt and fish

Locals in Alaska take advantage of the Hurricane Turn Train as it provides access to hard-to-reach cabins, where guests can hunt and fish

In winter, the journey changes slightly and the train leaves Anchorage taking in Wasilla, Talkeetna and the flagstop area south of the Hurricane Gulch.

This allows people living in ‘off-the-grid’ remote cabins the chance to take the train south for the day. However, the service only runs once a month.

During the summer, a trip from Talkeetna to Hurricane costs $54, while a winter trip costs $49. 


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