How to get to and from an island…
It has been a growing peeve of mine that we have not yet seen how people get to and from the island en masse…
I am sure there were many other ways of getting to and from the island aside from the submarine. It is not an efficient way of getting necessary supplies, and especially materials to the island for the massive construction projects being undertaken at the time. Even air drops cannot account for the Dharma vans and possibly cranes that would be needed.
Construction on the barracks makes a certain amount of sense. They are clapboard bungalows. Cheap 1970s construction for the most part. Most of the smaller hardware (even the radio tower and adjoining shack) could have been air shipped or dropped in on palettes in pieces. Same goes for the essential components of the sonic fence.
Take a good look at the Looking Glass Station. Even if the thing could be built in pieces and shipped or towed into place using the submarine, it is hard to imagine the resources and coordination needed to do such a thing.
The Hydra station is a multi-floored complex of several buildings. It has deep foundations and underwater tanks. The only way I can see it being built is with large scale heavy-machinery. I am talking bull dozers and mobile cranes folks! I cannot see a small construction crew assembling something like that. We have yet to see the tool-shop garage or hanger they built to assemble and and house that kind of hardware.
Then there are the underground bunkers. The Pearl with its miles and miles of audio-visual and power cabling, the Swan with its underground geodesic dome, the Orchid with its 3 story elevator and complex teleportation chamber, the flame up on the plateau.
And there is no sign anywhere of a road system !
But the subject was transportation TO and FROM the island. I have written before that I do not think Ben, Richard, Ethan and Tom (whom we have seen off the island in various episodes) use the submarine exclusively. I think the submarine is a front for the real way on and off the island. I do not think the Donkey wheel was the way onb and off the island either. At least not for any practical travel.
I think that somewhere in the temple there is something else. Maybe a portal or gateway. Maybe Ben dislodged the island from TIME by turning the Donkey-wheel. I think that the island has some kind of tether to the rest of the world, possibly through one of the larger pockets of electromagnetism that Ms. Hawking refers to at the Lamp post station. I think the portal has to be large enough to drive a truck through and onto the island.
What do YOU think?