According to White Pass Superintendent of Rail Operations Mark Taylor, the three-foot gauge rolling stock includes cars Nos. 300, 302, 312, 324, 326, 332, 340, 352, 356, and 380. All will receive new steel siding to replace the wood, conduct structural repairs, complete interior updating, and then paint and clear coat.
The locomotives, Nos. 90, 93, and 98, are part of a small fleet of General Electric-built shovel-nose diesel fleet dating back to 1954. The majority of the GE units on the roster had been previously rebuilt and re-engined with Cummins prime movers by contractors CEECO in Tacoma and Sygnet Rail in Tenino, Wash.
Nos. 90 and 98 will receive new high- and low-voltage wiring; installation of NRE N-Force microprocessor control systems; new electronic brake control; all new air plumbing; new control stand; complete truck rebuilding; Cummins engine upgrades; new battery charging system; and dynamic brake grid and blower improvements. Unit 93 will receive all new air brake plumbing.
All equipment is scheduled to return to Skagway ready for service by the end of April 2019.
As of Aug. 1, 2018, owner TWC Enterprises sold the railroad and its Skagway port operations to a consortium that includes Alaska-based Survey Point Holdings, and the cruise company Carnival Corp.
–This story was updated Tuesday to reflect additional comments from the railroad