Built in 1912 by Barney & Smith as a buffet-library- open platform observation car for the Milwaukee Road and placed in service on their famed train the Olympian. Rebuilt in 1941 by the Milwaukee as the roads only buffet-library-solarium car. In 1951 the car was renamed Iandee and placed in executive train service. In the 1960's the car was downgraded to work train service and eventually sold into private ownership. The Alaska is a beautiful example of the transition from wooden to steel car construction. The craftsmanship of the wooden interior offers a glimpse into the elegance of passenger trains in the early 1900's. Alaska is truly a unique car with a wooden car interior and a steel car body. Some of the mechanical details include: Good body, E couplers, oil bearings, cast shoes, drop equalizer trucks, body mounted cylinders, bolted pedestals, AB valves. Current floor plan from the vestibule end consists of a small restroom, 2 small smoking lounges, former buffet which was opened up into the space that was the library and large lounge. To restore the original floor plan one wall between buffet and library would need to be replaced.