Alaska Railroad private car Denali provides the ultimate experience in Alaskan travel. Up to 16 people can ride and visit in the lap of luxury on a day charter, coupled to the rear of the Coastal Classic train from Anchorage to Seward and back. A fantastic trip for a wedding party, business retreat, employee recognition, customer appreciation, family reunion or the aspiring rail baron or baroness. The charter cost is $10,000.00 for the day or you can purchase a chance on winning this trip of a lifetime.

We have a raffle ticket for you while the limited supply of 150 lasts.


The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry is selling only 150 raffle tickets at $100 each to benefit Engine 557 Restoration Company. All proceeds will also be matched by a generous Rasmuson Foundation grant. The winning tickets will be drawn at 557 p.m. December 31, 2013 at the 557 Engine House in Wasilla.

You can participate by mail. Include your complete mailing address and day time phone number.

Make checks payable to: The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry or just MATI
In the notes section insert "557 Raffle permit #707"

Mail to: 557 / MATI
P.O. Box 875360
Wasilla, AK 99687-5360

Note. If your check arrives after the last ticket is sold or after December 31, 2013, It will be returned by mail.

I thank you for your consideration in support of Engine 557 Restoration Company.

Patrick J. Durand, President
Engine 557 Restoration Company


MATI / 557 Raffle Winners

At 5:57 p.m. on New Years Eve the winning tickets in the MATI / 557 Raffle were drawn.   Sherry Jackson, Executive Director, administered the raffle under the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry's Permit #707.

Grand Prize winning ticket was #7, purchased by J.E. Morris of Anchorage.  J.E.  will be inviting 15 guests to join in a memorable day trip aboard the luxurious Denali business car to Seward and back.  The Denali provides a private retreat attached to the end of the Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic in the summer of 2014.

Soloy Helicopter of Wasilla with winning ticket no 77,  will receive the second prize of six round trip tickets to Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad, and two rooms at the Chena Hot Springs Resort.   Jerry Cunnington, 557 volunteer and an employee of Soloy, sold the ticket.

Third prize, the Alaska Railroad 2014 Print by artist Ray Gamradt, was secured by ticket #87, held by Gloria McAlister of Valdez.

Selling all 150. $100.00 tickets in less than 60 days was done in large part by our major corporate sponsors who purchased books of 10 tickets.   We say thanks to Greatland Welding and Machine, Unique Machine and staff at Lynden Logistics.    Sherry's organizational skills on behalf of MATI made the accounting go smoothly.    The Alaska Railroad Corporation and Chena Hot Springs Resort, have our gratitude for donating the fantastic prizes.

Proceeds accruing to the Engine 557 Restoration Company will be doubled by a generous Rasmuon Foundation Matching Grant, administered by the Alaska Community Foundation.   Thank you to everyone who participated to close out 2013 with a bang!

Patrick Durand, President
Engine 557 Restoration Company
Wasilla,  Alaska