Michael and Carolyn Nore's Collection
All these images are courtesy of the Michael and Carolyn Nore collection.
I have provided these images in two sizes: "image" for the railfans and "large" for the historians and modelers. Just a word of caution, the "large" version file sizes can be as large as 800K.
|Locomotive 1052, image, large|
|Anchorage Yards 1939, image, large|
|Anchorage Yards 1950, image, large|
|Anchorage Yards 1952, image, large|
|Anchorage Yards, image, large|
|Approaching Fairbanks Yards, image, large|
|Fairbanks Yards circa 1950-1955, image, large|
|Steamship Kaltac Village Yukon River, image, large|
|Loading a truck, image, large|
|Railroad officials, left to right: Mckinney, Kunz, Williams, Moore, Captain, image, large|
|Seward Alaska Railroad Dock and surroundings with the Alaska Steamship vessel Chena docked. This is pre earthquake. Particularly interesting from the modeling view is the cement plant in the foreground. The Troop box car is one that was dedicated to moving dry cement. image, large|
|Seward Alaska Railroad Dock and surroundings with the Alaska Steamship vessel Chena docked. This is pre earthquake. image, large|
|SS Nenana, Yukon River, image, large|
|Whittier circa 1945. You need to look closely
to see the long warehouse on the RR dock to the
left. image, large
|Whittier aerial view. This photo shows the finger piers that served the Army POL and Union Oil and to the far right Colombia Lumber. image, large|
|Whittier, Buckner Building as built. image, large|
|Whittier, Hodge Building as built. image, large|
|Whittier, Snowbound, image, large|
|Whittier, town view, image, large|
|Whittier, town view #2, image, large|
|The trailer court at Whittier. On the left side, second trailer up was home to Pat Durand, his mother and father and their other four children (over the 1957-58 winter). The view was taken from the back side of the Hodge building while under construction. image, large|
The caption date on this photo should most likely be 1916. The first spike at Ship Creek was not driven until April 29, 1915. Col. Mears, put out a call for plans or a photo of the "rubberneck car" he had used on the Panama Railroad during construction of the Panama Canal. H. A. Haag had photographed that car, No. 477, on Feb 22, 1911 in Culebra Cut.
Based on Haag's photograph, the Master Mechanic built a duplicate on Panama flat No. 708 in the Anchorage Shops. In early photos of the Anchorage Yard, the car sticks out because of its height. It was commonly used for inspection trips and provided sun shade and weather protection for the ladies at the ever popular 4th of July baseball tournaments held on the hay flats at Potter Section.
Displacement fill was a common construction method across soft wet ground or other voids. A simple pile trestle could be easily driven to make the line passable. As base aggregate material was available it was simply dumped thru the ties to fill the space between the bents as shown in this photo. image, large
|Alaska Railroad construction camp 49, 1910. image, large|
|Fairbanks depot, 1940s. image, large|
|Unknown worker standing beside a dump car, 1940s. image, large|
|The road to Westcamp from Whittier was built on fill along bluffs in this view looking East toward Whittier. The permanent ARR tracks going into Whittier are at the right, and up on the hill side, telephone and Telegraph lines. The workers in military uniform, probably members of the 714th, are moving a shoe fly track used to place fill. The track started parallel to the permanent tracks and as the road base was built up the temp track was moved out to the edge of the fill. Most of early Whittier was developed on fill placed in this manner. image, large|
|Camp Chalk Alaska Central Railroad, 1905. image, large|
|Sandwiches and coffee Alaska RR made by Alaska SS Company. image, large|
|Whittier 1945. image, large|
|Twins Hotel. image|
|Twins Hotel - menu. image|
Special thanks goes to Michael
and Carolyn Nore for providing these images!
Thanks also to Pat Durand for the extended commentaries.
Page created 10/8/04 and last updated
© 2004 Michael and Carolyn Nore unless otherwise noted
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