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Danish Mercedes-Benz L-series in Alaska
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No: 23192   Contributor: Mike Feldman   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: United States of America
Danish Mercedes-Benz L-series in Alaska

Here's a most-unusual find. On March 5, 2008, I snapped this Mercedes-Benz L-series in Talkeetna, Alaska. We visited this town on a tour -- in the 2000 Census it had a population of 772. I'm posting another photo of the rear (picture #23193), in which you can see the DK country sticker and the Alaska registration plate. Sorry, this is all the info I have on it.
Picture added on 10 May 2010 at 08:25
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Mike: you have a most intriguing entry for "Fire Engines In Far-Off and Strange Places"

Search Engine produced only that Talkeetna is a "flag-stop" on the Alaska Railroad, between Anchorage and Fairbanks, eg the prospective passenger waves down the single-unit rail-coach, in order to board...winter-time, it is totally isolated, except by air-plane and snow-mobile...

Locals contend that Talkeetna was the model for the quirky town of Cicely, in TV series "Northern Exposure"(1990-1995) which was wisely, for cast & crew, filmed "Down South" in Roslyn, Washington state, south of Canada's British Columbia province.....

Can only think, that if this Fire Engine was originally supplied to Denmark's Greenland, in the Eastern Arctic; it still would have had a long sea-voyage in Atlantic Ocean, through Panama Canal, and northward in Pacific Ocean, to reach Alaska.... unless, of course, the ship traversed the legendary North West Passage, through Canada's Arctic...

Will be really interesting, if anyone can tell us, how this rig wound up here.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 11 May 2010.
Mike & Pat,
I don't know how the DK sticker came on the vehicle (proberly by traveling)But this is a former hoselayer from a Dutch fire brigade.
New in 1968 by Heerlen FB on a Mercedes-Benz LAF911/360 chassis build by Kronenburg. Orginal numberplate was ZV-12-32. No idea how it ended up in Alaska, maybe the owners of the Fairview Inn can highlight that mystery, couldn't find contact details on their website (only a phone number,but that's to much for me to call them up from Holland)
Hope this info gave some light on this unit.

Added by Fire995 on 13 May 2010.
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