Don Oesau Photo Album


Don Oesau says of his time with the ARR, "I worked on the Alaska Railroad from June 1952 to October 1957. I should mention that the B&B photo album belonged to Jim Keepe who was assistant foreman on B&B #7 when I worked there and he took most of the photos. Jim died in 1963 and his widow gave me the album. Over the years I worked B&B 1, 3, 7 and 8 plus other assignments. I was on a small crew that traveled from Anchorage to Seward to Whittier to Fairbanks and back to Anchorage on a gas car putting reflective signs on top of the wooden signs (flange spped limit, etc.). We left in August and Returned in October. At Crown Point we built a seven bent bridge in seven working days (42 piling plus replacing stringers and ties. That was the fatest one. I might note that there were three pile drivers at that time (7,8 and 13). One was from the Panama Canal, one from CR&NW and a new one (#8) which B&B #7 had when I started there."


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