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D.G. "Brassy" Ball

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D.G. "Brassy" Ball On The Alcan

When the Greyhound contract ended during the fall of 1944 the US Army Corps of Engineer's operated a pared down service with 5 buses of their own and in September of 1945 suspended that service and intended the Alcan could be closed for the winter and maybe beyond. The locals protested and the British Yukon Navigation Company (White Pass) was asked to provide a twice weekly service from Whitehorse to Dawson Creek which they operated until 1955 with small 22 passenger buses built in Vancouver. During 1955 this service was scaled back to Fort Nelson when Canadian Coachways took over the Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek service. in 1956 Coachways took over the service from Fort Nelson to Whitehorse and in 1958 from Whitehorse to Haines Jct. In 1960 Coachways took over Alaskan Motor Coaches which gave them service to Fairbanks and Anchorage from Edmonton. During August 1965 Mickey Collins sold his families Canadian Coachways to International Utilities which then took over the White Pass's remaining services. During 1968 and 1969 negotiations between International Utilities and Greyhound were ongoing and in January 1970 Greyhound took over Canadian Coachways (BC) , Canadian Coachways (Alberta) and Alaskan Coachways.




A BIG thanks to Steven Ball for sharing these pictures

Dennis "Brassy" Ball Collection
Alcan Highway Photos

Tok Junction This sign lists all the contractors that built the ALCAN Highway, between the Yukon border and Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo taken at Tok Junction.
Brassy's shoulder patch
Northwest Service Command US Army coach with drivers and military personell. Douglas Storing Collection. Northwest Service Command Bus Lines January 1944 Schedule between Whitehorse, YT and Fairbanks, AK Northwest Service Command Bus Lines January 1944 Schedule between Dawson Creek, BC and Whitehorse, YT
"Brassy" in the middle and Fred Steiner on the right taken at Fort Nelson. Early MCI coach Model 37UE  
  Interior shot of a early MCI coach. Not the Courier name on the dash. Model 37UE.  
  Watson Lake airport. Driver Fred Steiner. Lower Post mail drop
Brassie, Greyhound mechanic and Bert Strahl "Brassie" and Harris Bishop Kluane Lake between Whitehorse and the border. Mile 1060.
     
Kluane Lake between Whitehorse and the border. Mile 1060. Coming down the hill by Teslin Bridge
Teslin Bridge damaged from the ice flow Teslin Bridge Teslin Bridge
     
Model T Charlie Elkins and Brassie driving and Kells McMurdo. This was supplied by Greyhound for transportation of drivers from camp to bus parking. Harris Bishop making a right turn signal
Note the right hand drive.
Charlie Elkins and Harris Bishop
The cook from the camp at Whitehorse   BYN (British Yukon Navigation) pushing a barge.
These were supplied by the US Army for use for the airport service. From Whitehorse to the different camps. They would pick up the engineers and contractors and take them to the different camps in the area. Not a very busy day
  Brassie all dressed up to haul a bunch of US Senators.  
    Peace River Bridge during construction
    Peace River Bridge looking south. In 1957 the bridge collapsed.
Tanama River Bridge Liard River Bridge Laundry day
Taken at Liard Hot Springs    
     
Taken at Watson Lake
The owl went through Fred Steiner's windshield
   
     
  Tire Shop
     
No pilot cars
Taken at Trutch Mountain
 
Pontoon for a Bailey Bridge
  Taken 260 miles north of Fort Nelson around Coal River.
Taken at Dawson Creek Taken at Dawson Creek Taken at Whitehorse
Taken at Dawson Creek Taken at Dawson Creek  
  Ready to go home when the US got their own buses.
Convoy of the Canadian buses going back home. Convoy of the Canadian buses going back home.



Some additional photos
Allen's Lookout Ice breaking up on the Liard River
Snow blower taken near Haines Junction Taken at Dawson Creek
     
Brassy and Harris Bishop at Fort Nelson Crossing of the lower end of Kluane Lake Aerial photo of Fairbanks, Alaska
BYN Dock at Whitehorse Taken at Kluane Lake Taken at Kluane Lake
Photos taken along the Alaska Highway. All these photos Wartime Information Bureau photos. Dennis "Brassy" Ball Collection.
   
Building the Alaska Highway at Mile 132 in 1942. Faces of BC Collection. US Army on the Alaska Highway in 1943.
L. Fin Collection 1987





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