Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display, Fairbanks

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Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad, Incorporated (FTVRR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation composed of individuals sharing a common interest in the history of Alaska as represented by the Tanana Valley Railroad. Organized in 1991 to promote public interest in the Tanana Valley Railroad and it's remaining artifacts, our objectives are:

Restoration and operation of Tanana Valley Railroad Engine #1, located at Pioneer Park, our local community park.

Construction and operation of an Engine House/"Living Museum" to house the restored engine and associated memorabilia at Pioneer Park.

The FTVRR has no salaried positions such as executive director, project foreman, etc. Our bylaws specifically prohibit salaried positions within the management structure but do allow the hiring of professional assistance should the need arise. To date, minimal funds have been spent on "outside" help due to the generosity of local businesses and professionals.

Membership classifications, definitions, and applicable fees are as follows:

General Membership - Individual membership; Annual dues of $25.00.

Family Membership - Three or more individuals living as a family; Annual dues of $50.00 includes 1 each Engine #1 Art Print from an original pen and ink drawing by Raymond Bonnell.

Patron - Individual membership; Annual dues of $100.00 includes 1 each FTVRR T-shirt or Sweatshirt of choice and Bonnell art print.

Friend - Individual membership; Annual dues of $250.00, includes Bonnell art print, photocopy of original Tanana Valley Railroad Stock Certificate and annual dues to the National Railway Historical Society.

Lifetime - Individual membership; One time fee of $500.00 includes a special reproduction of an original Tanana Valley Railroad Stock Certificate and annual dues to the National Railway Historical Society. Donation of goods and/or services may be considered in lieu of cash donation on an individual basis by the FTVRR Board of Directors.

Sustaining - Individual or Corporate membership; One time fee of $1,000.00 or more includes a special reproduction of an original Tanana Valley Railroad Stock Certificate, an Engine #1 Builder's Replica Plate, and annual dues to the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). Donation of goods and/or services may be considered in lieu of cash donation on an individual basis.
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  • In the Fairbanks rail station was an interesting diversion while waiting to board the train to Anchorage. A lot of work went into building this train layout - worth seeing. 
    In the Fairbanks rail station was an interesting diversion while waiting to board the train to Anchorage. A lot of work went into building this train layout - worth seeing.  more »
  • On trips to the Alaska Railroad Depot in the past the model railroad display has not been open. We did a one day afternoon to Denali and back in September and we were very pleased to see the doors... 
    On trips to the Alaska Railroad Depot in the past the model railroad display has not been open. We did a one day afternoon to Denali and back in September and we were very pleased to see the doors...  more »
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  • This place is amazing! The work they do for the engine they have restored is exceptional! They are all volunteers and they donate hours of their own time and of their own money to be able to continue their efforts. They are always looking for volunteers! When they run their locomotive it is one of a kind!
  • Great place to know the history of the Railroads of the area. Gary was very informative about the museum and explained me so much. it was an interesting story to hear how the train head in the museum was shipped from Petersburg, Pennsylvania to St Michael, Alaska all around North and South America back in 1899 because there was no Panama canal and then on a Paddlewheel boat to Chena. Gary you are the best Thank you

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