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). The Hurricane Turn is one of the last true flag-stop trains in the United States.
|Service type||Flag stop|
|Locale||Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA|
|Current operator(s)||Alaska Railroad|
|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)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||59 mph (95 km/h)|
|Track owner(s)||Alaska Railroad|
By 2009, the Budd Rail Diesel Cars were removed from service on the Hurricane Turn. 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.
- "Alaska Railroad official train information". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11.
- Feidt, Annie (19 September 2011). "Into The Wild: Alaskan Train Caters To The Intrepid". NPR. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
- "Alaska Railroad pushes back start of summer passenger service to July". Anchorage Daily News. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.