Lynden's restored tractor and trailer that began Alcan service in 1954 has undergone a refresh and update in preparation for a busy travel season. Each year, the iconic tractor-trailer is part of community events and parades throughout Alaska and Washington. A museum showcasing Lynden's history is inside the trailer and is open for tours during the events. Chairman Jim Jansen is often at the wheel in addition to other Lynden drivers. Events include the Colony Days Parade in Palmer, Alaska, the Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, and the Alaska Trucking Association's Truck Driving Championships in Anchorage, as well as many others. Keep your eye out for No. 27 this summer and check out the museum!
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Lynden Legend Lee Burgess came out of retirement to help at NANA/Lynden Logistics at Red Dog Mine for a few weeks. Lee began his career with Lynden in 1957 and was one of the drivers of Old No. 27. “It was fun working with him and very enjoyable listening to the many old Lynden stories at the dinner table,” says Joe Purcell of Lynden Logistics. Lee also attended the SeaTac Summer BBQ in August.
Old No. 27 and Old 22B, Lynden’s original Alcan tractor and trailer, earned a blue ribbon for Best Apparatus at the Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, AK earlier this summer. The rig, which features a traveling museum inside the trailer showing Lynden’s history, makes the parade circuit each summer. Lynden Transport Driver Albert Kennedy was at the wheel in Fairbanks, and Alaska West Express Driver Doug Scott drove for the Bear Paw Parade in Eagle River July 25. Next up was the Colonial Days Parade in Palmer with Alaska West Express Driver Kenny Seipel steering the rig along the parade route. According to Lynden Transport’s Greg Buscher in Fairbanks, it was the first time the truck was in the Fairbanks parade. “The Best Apparatus Class is reserved for service vehicles, mainly fire and rescue units, and they spend a large amount of time cleaning and polishing,” Greg says. “Old 27 was driven up the day before by Richard Hennigan and just got a quick hose-off for road dirt. For it to go through the parade and take the Blue Ribbon was pretty special.” The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner also ran a front-page story on the truck and its history.
Several recent news articles have highlighted Lynden's commitment to and support of Alaska's transportation past. We are proud of our roots and enjoy honoring our employees, past and present.
Old 27, the truck that first carried goods over the Alaska Highway almost 60 years ago, was on display during an event at Lynden Transport's Peger Road facility.
The Jansen brothers and Engine 557 are resurrecting a nostalgic piece of the Last Frontier’s railroad history. Over the next year or more, the historic locomotive will be restored and put back into service, where it will haul passengers between Anchorage and Portage.
Photos of the old steam engine being transported to Wasilla for restoration.
Old #27 - one of the two Kenworth tractors and original vans Lynden Transfer used in 1954 to start the first scheduled highway service from the Lower 48 to Alaska - will be making appearances this summer throughout Alaska and the Northwest.
Come out and see Old #27 at one of the events, or watch for it traveling between appearances!
Summer 2011 Tour Schedule
|Travel: Anchorage to Kenai||(Driving)||6/7|
|Kenai River Festival||Soldotna||6/10 - 6/12|
|Travel: Kenai to Anchorage||(Driving)||6/13|
|Anchorage Customer BBQ||South Air Park||6/14|
|Travel: Anchorage to Fairbanks
|Travel: Fairbanks to Skagway
|Travel: Skagway to Juneau||(Ferry)||6/29|
|Juneau Customer Event||AML Service Center||7/1|
|Frank Palmer Ferry Terminal Dedication||Auke Bay||7/2|
|Juneau 4th of July Parade||Juneau||7/4|
|Travel: Juneau to Petersburg||(Barge)||7/5|
|Petersburg Customer Event||AML Service Center||7/8|
|Travel: Petersburg to Ketchikan||(Barge)||7/13|
|Ketchikan Customer Event||AML Service Center||7/15|
|Travel: Ketchikan to Seattle||(Barge)||7/25|
|Lynden Transport Customer Event||Fife Service Center||7/28|
|Alaska West Express Customer Event||Fife Service Center||7/29|
|Alaska Marine Lines Customer Event||Seattle Service Center||8/4|
|Travel: Seattle to Lynden, WA||(Driving)||8/5|