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Nome, Alaska: Last Train to Nowhere

Stranded by a storm in 1913, and very slowly weathering away near the ghost town of Solomon.

Nome-Council Rd, Nome, AK
The Nome-Council road heads 72 miles to the east, about half of that on the shoreline. It turns inland at the ghost town of Solomon about 30 miles east of Nome. Location approximate.
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Rusty locomotives sit abandoned in an outdoor field.

Last Train to Nowhere

A view of rusting locomotives taken August 16, 2008.

[Edward Burggraf, 08/22/2008]
Last Train to Nowhere

The Nome-Council Road turns inland at the ghost town of Solomon, an old mining town with an abandoned railroad train known locally as the Last Train to Nowhere (the remains of the Council City and Solomon River Railroad).

The engines were originally used on the New York City elevated lines in 1881, then were shipped to Alaska in 1903 to serve the miners along this line to Nome. A gold strike at Ophir was the inspiration for the construction of the railroad, but a huge storm in 1913 took out the tracks and stranded the rolling stock where it is today, literally dissolving under the influence of Bering Sea storms.

This is a scenic spot for bird-watching, and fishing is good in the Solomon River, all along the road. Council, near the end of the road, has a couple of dozen families in the summer.

[K McLay, 08/23/2006]
Last Train To Nowhere

This is an abandoned train that is still sitting in the middle of tundra. The occupants of this train were known to be gold miners.

[Joseph C. Jennetten, 07/18/2004]

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