ALASKA: Those Post-Pipeline Blues

The granddaddy of all garage sales is soon to occur in Alaska. With the completion of the great 800-mile Alyeska oil pipeline at last in sight, the builders are preparing to sell off the vast store of equipment accumulated in 2½ years of construction. Among the items for sale: 18,000 bulldozers, cranes and other pieces of heavy equipment; nearly 2,000 pickup trucks; 125 portable bridges; and from the 29 construction camps strung out along the line, 5,395 modular camp buildings fitted out as dormitories, kitchens, game rooms and offices and fully equipped...