Hurricane Turn

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 daily Thursday through Sunday between the months of May and September and the first Thursday of every month the rest of the year (between Hurricane Gulch and Anchorage).[1] The Hurricane Turn is one of the last true flag-stop trains in the United States.[2]

Hurricane Turn
Hurricane Turn Train JUN2015.jpg
Service typeFlag stop
LocaleMatanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA
Current operator(s)Alaska Railroad
Hurricane Gulch
Distance travelled57.6 mi (92.7 km)
Average journey time2 hours 30 minutes each way
5 hours 45 minutes round trip
Service frequencyThursday through Sunday (May through September)
On-board services
Seating arrangementsCoach
Catering facilitiesNone
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Operating speed59 mph (95 km/h)
Track owner(s)Alaska Railroad
Route map
281.4 mi
452.9 km
273.8 mi
440.6 km
Chulitna Darkblue flag waving.svg
270.0 mi
434.5 km
Twin Bridges Darkblue flag waving.svg
263.2 mi
423.6 km
Gold Creek Darkblue flag waving.svg
257.7 mi
414.7 km
Sherman Darkblue flag waving.svg
248.5 mi
399.9 km
Curry Darkblue flag waving.svg
236.2 mi
380.1 km
Chase Darkblue flag waving.svg
226.7 mi
364.8 km
winter only
159.8 mi
257.2 km
114.3 mi
183.9 km

Darkblue flag waving.svg = flag stop

By 2009, the Budd Rail Diesel Cars were removed from service on the Hurricane Turn.[3] Current configuration is two locomotives, two passenger cars and one baggage car. In 2020, summer services began in July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

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


  1. ^ "Alaska Railroad official train information". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11.
  2. ^ Feidt, Annie (19 September 2011). "Into The Wild: Alaskan Train Caters To The Intrepid". NPR. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  3. ^ "".
  4. ^ "Alaska Railroad pushes back start of summer passenger service to July". Anchorage Daily News. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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