Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on December 8, 1955 · Page 37
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 37

Cumberland, Maryland
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Thursday, December 8, 1955
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THIRTY-SIX EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., THURSDAY, DECEMBER Taker Highway To The Arctic I 'Cat 9 Trains Lead Trucks it Road To Frozen North *^> NOTE: The author ei ihe following dispatch it traffic chief in the transportation alike ol the Deputy Chief of Stall tor material. His report on the Arctic highway is condensed tram the National Defense Transportation Journal. By COL. G. L. CURTIS, USAF '(Distributed by NBA Service) FAIRBANKS. Alaska-(NEA)In a pioneering adventure which made transportation history, regu-j lar highway trucks have been driven from here to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. They carried supplies and fuel for construction of the U. S.-, Canadian "Dew Line" radar! tic weather, screen, j Although a summer road exists TRAILER TRUCKS HEADED FOR ARCTIC are piloted by "Cats" to bulldoze way through drifts, maintained despite the tricky Arc- cations on the Dew^Linc during the summer open-water season for lateral movement to individual sites during the winter season. The Air Force is studying this entire area in the light of this recent development. The private trucking concern i between Fairbanks and a small blazed its own highway more lban|way sta ion located on the Arctic 400 miles through the Arctic in C'rcle. this road has always been only 39 davs, smashing through a \'mpassable during the bitter Arc- virtually unknown and .uncharted winlers - Alaska ^eiht Lines- Lines' area of snow and ice. i !ca d ."Cat" train blasted through This project was first proposedl this intermediate point (last Feb- in the latter part of 1954 by Alfred Ghezzi Jr.. President of Alaska Freight Lines. > * * * Sensing the possibilities of a complete new concept in Arctic military supply, the Army and Air Force gave their approval to the proposal. U. S. and Canadian authorities realized that if the firm could make overland delivery of the supplies and equipment needed to build the radar screen, the high cost of air lifting the same supplies could be greatly reduced, and transportation schedules could be over terrain previously below zero, and engines had to beltraiicrs surpassed all expectation] kept running constantly. Drifts 50 and kept rolling north as if theyj—™ Relired Engineer Will Be Honored The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers will honor Matthew il. (Mack) Patterson, 232 Baltimore Avenue, for his more than 50 years of service in railroading. Patterson spent 51 years and six months working for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company before his retirement in 1950. At his retirement he was a steam engin- to 75 feet high were commonplace, and at times the "Cats" worked in "layers" of two and three. Behind the "Cats" rolled. the "Snowtrain," each of its 24 individually powered, its five trailer units loaded with 150 tons of supplies. The wheels of the Snow- train are seven feet four inches eight days. The "Cat" train crossed the considered impassable in exactly high, and the trailer beds stand nine feet off the ground, enabling the train to roll securely over the roughest terrain. The firm's original plans called for the Diesel trucks and trailers to go only to the dividing line between the sub-Arctic and the actual Arctic. There the cargo would be transferred to the Snowtrain for final delivery to the Dew Line radar network along the rim of the Arctic Ocean. frozen Yukon River and headed north for the Arctic Ocean. Ahead of the lead unit two Alaskan guides went forward on snowshoes, working in constant liaison with a scouting plane. Red flags dropped from the plane spotted the most passable routes. Day and night the "Cats" kept punching into the North, wilh the big diesel truck-trailers, right behind. Temperatures hit 68 degrees had been 'intended all along forj Arctic operation. The lead "Cats" .of the trail blazing ' section were the firs vehicles ever to be driven north t In* Arctic Ocean, and their "cal skinners" had accomplished th impossible by blazing a route con sidered by many experts to be im passable, and in the face of condi tions designed by nature to test t the limit both men and machines. This achievement in pioneering i land route to the Arctic has openec up an entire new concept in logistic support of Arctic sites. It may reverse the original re supply program for the Dew Line from the summer open-water sea son. Supplies may be fanned ou to individual sites for strategic in land staging points such as Fair * * * banks. Or ships may move sup However, the diesel trucks and plies into three or four central lo CHWARZENBACH'S Mini-Clothes SOLVE YOUR GIFT PROBLEM SUITS $6500 Others Priced 50.00 to 100.00 Tweed & Covert COATS '55 Others Priced 45.00 to 100.00 If you're planning lo give him clothing you'll find it especially easy to select the perfect suit or topcoat at Schwarx.enbach's. Simply present him wilh a Mini- Clothes gift certificate (a tiny miniature garment goes with your gift certificate) handsomely boxed as a Christmas surprise ! NOW SAVE ON HIS ELECTRIC RAZOR! Famous Make Electric Razors SUNBEAM . . SHICK REMINGTON 29.95 29.50 29.50 • His old electric raior is worth 7.50 in trade! /{'* the name on the gift box that counts run. Details of the program in' honor of Patterson pleted. have rot been com- "PULLMAN SECTION" OF TRUCK TRAIN has houses on sleds where crews sleep, get hot meals. Barbers Union Elects Officers Barbers Local 314 (AFL) electedJfield and Joseph Derrico. The offi- officers at a meeting Tuesday at the Labor Temple on South Liberty Street. They are Frank Greco, president; Roy Wilson, vice president; Fred B. Driscoll, financial secretary-treasurer; John L. McGeady, secretary; Lawrence guide; Vernon Hare, recording Tummino, guardian. The financial committee headed by McGeady includes James Little- cers will be installed at the meeting January 3. Planned for the future is the annual party held by the organization. Holy Name To Elect The Western Maryland Section of the Holy Name Society will elect officers at its quarterly meeting Sunday at 2:30 p. m. in St. Michael's Parish Hall, Frostburg. 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