Around the dome on the inside

rolling stock in the garage arch

Some of our vehicles parked in the garage arch, with the Trackmaster in front.

the garage arch

The sun always looked this bright, especially after emerging from the dark arches. One recurring problem was that this central roadway of the garage arch kept turning into a deep morass of soft powdery snow. Several attempts have been made over the years to construct "ice cubes" or other improved ramps, with limited success. The new station garage arch and garage, next to this one on the site of the helium arch, avoids this problem as well as the fire hazard because there isn't any room to park in the arch, and the garage itself is much bigger! This photo is from the late Kevin Bisset, a 1978 Kiwi winterover.

inside the garage

During colder times of the year the in-use vehicles were parked inside the garage to keep them warm as well as to allow servicing. Of course the garage wasn't large enough to house all of the equipment, and some stuff like the D8's were too big to bring inside at all, so they had to be worked on outside, under a parachute with a Herman Nelson.

inside the dome

We're inside the dome as we knew it, before all of these buildings
got bigger. The galley is the building with the yellow windows,
the annex is on the right. This photo is also from Kevin Bissett.

inside the dome

I'm taking this picture from near the emergency exit; the galley is on the left and the entrance arch is hidden behind it.

During the warmest time of the year, the heat of the sun would melt off the frost that normally formed on the inside of the dome and the arches, and the underside of the dome would glisten as you see here. Sometimes the falling frost would end up down your back!

the upper berthing hallway

This view of the upper berthing hallway didn't change looked the same in 2005, the last winter folks lived here. TOO SMALL! Well, everything in these Canadian-designed modules was sized small so that it would fit into the C-130's, but I still think that the architect should have been forced to do his business in one of the SP toilet cubicles for awhile before he signed off on the design.

one of the upper berthing rooms

These rooms are really too small to take pictures of, much less live in...imagine with a roommate! More recently they were equipped with fire escape doors which simplify the problem of cooling the beer and soda but take up precious wall space. Given the presence of the backpack and mail, I probably took this at the end of the winter.

the central hallway of the annex

The annex hallway as seen from the back corner by the supply office. You would be correct if you guessed that most of us who lived in here spent a lot of time where the floors were dirty!

Why is the hallway so wide compared with the one in upper berthing? Well, we needed room for lockers since the rooms did not have closets or other storage space. Actually, this building was constructed out of pieces that were originally supposed to be an emergency camp structure out away from the dome in a separate arch. That's why you see the electric heat.

The South Pole library

The library as we knew it, a few years before the couches and potatoes would move in...(1978 NOAA photo by John Bortniak).

South Pole comms

Here's what our comms looked like, well, except for the folks you see. I never ended up with any good photos of comms, so here's one from Kevin Bisset from the 1977-78 summer. Here you see John Osborne (left) and Kath Locklear.