Here’s an excerpt from an article in the April 2015 issue of Dick Hanscom's Alaskan Token Collector and Polar Numismatist.
The Purchase Centennial year was celebrated throughout the state. Anchorage and Fairbanks greeted two new railroads. Granted, these were
not the freight bearing type of railroad, but railroads set up for entertainment during the celebration.
Officially the “Kiwanis-New York Life Centennial Steam Railroad,” but known as the Moose Gooser, this train ran from the Alaska Rail
Road depot to the International Airport. From the advertising brochure, we learn:
“The Moose-Gooser, one of the very few steam railroads in operation today, is the joint project of the Anchorage Kiwanis Clubs, the
New York Life Insurance Company, and the Anchorage Centennial Commission.
“For the railroad buff or the old-timer, the Moose-Gooser has nostalgic memories of the great days of steam railroading. For children,
it’s the thrill of a lifetime to ride behind the puffing, chugging, whistling old steam engine, looking like it had just emerged new and
glittering, straight from the distant past. For all others, it’s an amusing and refreshing experience to ride this unique train, built
solely for the purpose of amusement.
“It consists of a 2-8-2 Mikado type engine, built in 1829 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Comox Lumber Company of British
Columbia. This engine has been leased from the West Coast Railway Association in Vancouver, B.C., and must be returned to that
organization at the close of the Alaska Centennial.
The Moose Gooser was honored with four medals: cupro-nickel and brass, with the train moving to the right, and a cupro-nickel with the
train moving to the left. Kurtis Hawk reports that there were also 20 minted in sterling silver. Is the train moving left or right?
For more information about the publication, which also contains some Alaska lots from an upcoming auction, contact Dick at email@example.com
. The sale includes nice U.S. and foreign coins and patterns, with estimates
ranging up to $4,000. -Editor
To read the full auction catalog, see:
FAIRBANKS AUCTION - SPRING 2015.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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