Yakutat and Southern Railroad

Fishing in Yakutat


For 60 years the Yakutat and Southern hauled fish from the Situk Landing to the cannery in Yakutat.

Since fish was the sole reason the train operated, the train only operated during fishing season, generally mid-May through October.

The Yakutat & Southern Railroad had a truly unique schedule: it ran according to the tides because the fishing boats could only unload their fish at high tide.

When the train arrived at the Situk River, the fish were unloaded from the fishing boats and dumped into the gondola cars by a conveyer belt.

At the Situk Landing, there was an Armstrong turntable that turned the engine around so it could make the round trip back to the cannery.

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