The World's Scariest Train Rides
White Pass & Yukon Route, Alaska
The Ride: Built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, this narrow-gauge steam
train now ferries thrill-seeking tourists rather than panners and diggers. More than 450,000
visitors per year make the cliff-clinging journey, which chugs up 3,000 feet in 20 miles, and which
has been deemed an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Insider Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for the Captain William Moore Bridge, a
110-foot-long cantilever bridge built in 1901 that the train route passes by. The bridge was
ingeniously engineered to cross an active earthquake fault; only one end is anchored securely so
that when the ground below shifts, the bridge isn’t wrenched apart.