I NEED YOUR HELP!
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If it weren't for the bizillions of contributions from ARR rail fans around the world this would not be the excellent page that it is today.   Hey, would you like to help make this page even better?  Send me stuff!  Items will be returned upon request.  I will pay all reasonable costs such as shipping, duplication, etc.

Furthermore, I can scan photographs, slides and negatives and convert analog video (VHS and 8 mm) to digital form.  You keep all copyrights for your images and will have your name posted on them.  I have several dozen references that I can provide upon request.

Some of the Alaska Railroad items I am looking for are:

Photographs of any locomotive on my "Former Locomotives" roster that does not have a photograph with it (see list at the bottom of this page)

ARR career summaries: If you have worked for the ARR for over ten years, how about writing up a summary of your career and submitting it?

Runaway Train: Any information you may have on the making of this movie

Charles Kuralt: Information, photographs or video of his ride aboard an Alaska Railroad locomotive

Healy Hotel shoot out: 1976 incident involing ARR B&B employees and The Brothers motorcycle gang

Strange Freight: Photographs of the strangest freight you have ever seen on the ARR

Picture of the week: Send your photographs and become part of this time-honored tradition!

Photographs of:
    1. any locomotive spotted outside of Alaska
    2. any model train you have made, painted and/or kit bashes
    3. Jordan spreaders 2, 4, 6

Documents: Historical, rule books, time tables, the ARR's "All Aboard" employee newsletters, etc.

Historical memories: "My dad/grandfather/uncle/etc worked for the railroad for XX years and..."; "I lived in Curry for four years and..."; "I served in the 714th Railway Operating Battalion and..."

Locomotive number 3015: Relocated to my backyard (with minimal expense to myself)

And as always, news, stories, journals, photographs, videos, rumors and gossip

Email me if there is something ARR you would like to see on these pages and I'll see what "we" can do!


Missing Roster Members

My goal is to have one photograph of every locomotive that appeared on the Alaska Railroad's roster on my web site. I am currently missing 118. Therefore, I am kicking off a treasure hunt for those missing members. When someone sends in a good photograph of a missing member, I will use the photo on the roster plus list his or her name and submission below. Please try to send the following information with each photograph: photographer's name, location and date where it was taken, and any interesting tidbits (historical or otherwise). Thank in advance!

Name Locomotives contributed Total
Keith Ardinger 1055, 1609, 1612, 1503, 1515, 1518, 1521, 1523, 1524
10
John Combs 21, 247, 265, 311, 504, 559
6
Jeff DeBroeck 4015
1
Pat Durand 1, 5, 401, 501, 505, 552, 554, 555,610, 101, 1041, 1827, Mate 1, 1030
14
Carl Freshour 553
1
Don Marenzi 20, 208, 239, 285, 614
5
Dick Morris 270, 280

2

Deane Motis 1716
1
Ken Parys 558
1
Michael Patrick 1608, 243
2
Jerry Peters 1013
1
Bernadine Prince 31, 221, 272, 275, 277, 310, 319, 1201
8
Sherman Stebbins 60
1
Stewart Sterling 1807, 1715
2
Walter Strong 318, 1012, 1026, 1035, 1036, 1052, 1053, 1075, 1101
9
Randy Thompson 561, 606, 751, 902, 1501, 1519, 1525, 1831, 3000 
9
Who sent this one? 1511
1
Brian Zimmer 287
1

Locomotives needed: 109
Contributions to date: 67
Remaining members: 42

2 0-4-0  
10 4-4-0 Portland
11 4-4-0 Baldwin
264 2-6-0 Alco/Cooke
314 0-6-0 Lima
316 0-6-0 Lima
317 0-6-0 Lima
403 2-8-0 Lima
406 2-8-0 Lima
506 2-8-0 Lima
752 2-8-2 Alco-Sch
 
61 20GM15 Whit
115 HLC-3 Plym
 
1015 RSD-1 Alco
1019 RSD-1 Alco
1020 RSD-1 Alco
1021 RSD-1 Alco
1022 RSD-1 Alco
1023 RSD-1 Alco
1024 RSD-1 Alco
1025 RSD-1 Alco
1031 RSD-1 Alco
1033 RSD-1 Alco
1043 RSD-1 Alco
1057 RF1B Alco
1067 RF1B Alco
1069 RF1B Alco
1077 RF1B Alco
1085 RSD-1 Alco
1087 RSD-1 Alco
1089 RSD-1 Alco
1101 65-ton Porter
1102 65-ton Porter
1103 65-ton Porter
1105 65-ton Porter
1106 65-ton Porter
1107 65-ton Porter
 
1717 MRS1 EMD
 
1828 GP7L EMD
1829 GP7L EMD
 
Optional:
Railcars  
100 Ford/AEC
102 Ford/AEC
104 Buick/AEC
105 Edison-Beach
106 ARR
107 Brill
108 McKeen
109 ARR
110 ARR
111 Kalamazoo
112 ARR
113 ARR
114 Brill
115 Brill
116 ARR  
116 Brill  
201 Kalamazoo  
202 Kalamazoo  
214 Brill  
301 ARR  
302 ARR  
1205   on display at Wasilla

 

Sled dogs
Anyone know where this photo was taken?

Thanks for helping out!

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