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Photos: Inside the Anton Anderson Tunnel

LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Driving through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest combined rail-highway tunnel, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The tunnel connects the town of Whittier to Portage, and the rest of Alaska.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A vehicle enters the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest combined rail-highway tunnel, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The tunnel connects the town of Whittier to Portage, and the rest of Alaska.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Tunnel control operator Daniel Gutierrez monitors traffic from 60 video cameras at the tunnel control center on Thursday, June 19, 2014. All tunnel operators are also firefighters trained to respond to an accident inside the 2.5 mile long tunnel.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch One of two specially designed firefighting trucks stationed at the entrances to the tunnel, each equipped with both tires and rail attachments, which allow it to travel faster through the tunnel. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch In addition to large firefighting trucks, the tunnel operators have ATVs, which can move around cars within the tunnel. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest combined rail-highway tunnel, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The tunnel connects the town of Whittier to Portage, and the rest of Alaska.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Massive air handlers keep the 2.5 mile long tunnel supplied with fresh air. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The 2.5 mile long tunnel has eight safe houses, which can provide refuge during an emergency. To date, they have never been used. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest combined rail-highway tunnel, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The tunnel connects the town of Whittier to Portage, and the rest of Alaska.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The tunnel walls are a mixture of bare rock and concrete, shown here. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, North America’s longest combined rail-highway tunnel, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The tunnel connects the town of Whittier to Portage, and the rest of Alaska.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The rail line that runs through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel terminates in Whittier, which was built during World War II. The Buckner Building, seen here, was built during the cold war and has been abandoned since the 1964 earthquake. June 19, 2014
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Tourists watch the Chenega fast ferry pulls into the dock in Whittier on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Departing is the ferry Aurora.
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