Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dogs and Trains



Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and it was taken in Alaska. The picture shows a setup called a "Pup-mobile". There is a small cart being pulled along the tracks by a dog team. It looks like the cart could hold three or four people. I would hope the operator was mindful of real trains, and that the cart was not too hard to get off the track if a real train was coming.

8 comments:

  1. That is funny.
    But I guess it would be heavier with the iron wheels, but it would pull easier because of the flat smooth surface.
    I don't think there would be very much train traffic up there in Alaska.

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  2. To Mike Robbins.
    I'm not saying that there are no horses in Alaska, just that it costs a lot to feed them. With the short growing season you could only gather so much feed for them Feed would be higher priced than shooting a moose or get a seal to feed your dogs and a lot easier to carry with you on the sled than a bale of hay.
    Thanks for the info on the different dogs. I have watched a few sled race when I was living out in Montana and did note that their were a lot of different breds of dogs pulling the sleds.

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  3. It looks as if the dogs were all resting their feet on the railway ties. Is this how they walked and ran or was it up and down/wood gravel - more tiring I would think.

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  4. What a great week to have working dogs (all from Alaska so far) as the Iditarod is running just now, isn't it?

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  5. It's funny how the women are all dressed up sitting in the cart like they are on a Sunday drive. Even in the rough country of Alaska they had to look the best they could. Maybe they knew they were getting their pics. taken which would have been an uncommon occurance and a reason to dress up? Judi, I was thinking the same thing about the Iditarod, there is a method to PJM's madness.

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  6. I like your blog man...really intresting topic and learn something new.

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  7. Something similar happens today in Cambodia. Try searching for 'bamboo railway'.

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