Monday, July 28, 2014

I say it's an Autocar

Always on the look out for my favourite truck - Autocar, I have had to backtrack a bit on my previous stance. The true Autocar disappeared in 1987 after Volvo stopped building the distinctive truck and applied the brand name to Volvo-Whites. To purists (as I was) that was the end of the line.
I now acknowledge the 1987 to 2000 era (when Volvo stopped using the brand name) as part of Autocar, even if that infuriates purists. Those late era trucks were hardier than the standard range of Volvos, even though there is a real debate over whether they lived up to the rugged reputation of 'real' Autocars.
This morning I spotted this dumper at work. It is devoid of any markings that would indicate whether it was built as an Autocar or a Volvo or more likely a White/GMC, but since I like the looks of it, I am declaring it an honorary Autocar.

Speaking of out of production brands, there are still lots of Sterlings on the road, even though Daimler Trucks North America stopped building them in Canada in 2009.

I guess when there are no more Autocars, except in museums, I will have to keep alert for Sterlings.


World touring Merc

German photographer Norbert Guthier uses this Merc to tour the world. The sleek camper is devoid of the usual maps and graffiti found on many of the globetrotters.

It is also in good condition in view of the many remote spots her has visited.

Caution:  Those who go to the owners website may be shocked by some of his subject matter - don't say I didn't warn you. (That is why I am not providing a direct link).


Give me air

The charm of London doubledeckers apparently wears a little thin on hot days, when their lack of air conditioning makes an upstairs ride a bit challenging - particularly for visitors from another planet. Fortunately the rear escape window folds down for some additional oxygen.

Routemaster RML 2316 (plate number CUV 316) is one of Ambassatours Halifax "Big Pink" fleet of double deckers. It was delivered new in Ocotober 1965.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Schwing Shift

Three elderly Schwing concrete pumpers were spotted on the waterfront in the last few days. They are very likely headed to new owners overseas.

Nearest the camera is the usual Mack cab - the most popular for concrete pump trucks. The other two are of special interest for they are low cab forward Freightliner COEs, with set-back axle, rarely seen anymore.  Intended as competition for Mack, Autocar/Volvo and Peterbilt, all of whom had industrial type COEs, the F'liner essentially used its highway cab, including small side windows, with few other modifications.

Schwing is one of two popular concrete pump manufacturers. The other one is Putzmeister, which seems to be in lead, at least in Halifax. Here a few recent sightings.
 Giant Mack /Putzmeister requires a special permit to travel on public roads, so is only used on special jobs.

 Quality Concrete uses this light weight Freightliner for small jobs or in tight spaces, since it stabilizer legs do not have to extend very far.

This Mack can block most of a street, since it takes two transit mixers to keep its pump going.

Macks are by far the most popular chassis for pumpers.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The long and the short (again)

The longest truck I have seen in Halifax was getting ready to hit the road last evening. The area at pier 31 in the port is being used as a staging area for wind turbine components. They arrive by rail, then are transferred to trucks for the trip to the wind farm.

 Lenron of Saint John, NB, provided the Western Star tractor and the Diamond double dolly trailer.

The six axle rear dolly is not fully visible from this angle. A three axle semi-trailer type dolly heads up the trailer. The tractor also has a lift axle.

Meanwhile not far away on the waterfront this intriguing Kenworth had left its trailer at a camp ground, and came into town unattached.

The extended crew cab has limo type seating.


Monday, July 21, 2014

COEs revisited

I was kindly reminded following my last posting on COEs that many European locales would be inaccessible without COEs, due to tight turnings and small spaces in many countries. That would not likely be a reason to use COEs in Canada except perhaps in some very specific cases.
So it was interesting to see this pair yesterday in northern New Brunswick: 

Running for the Packers Logistics Solutions division of Mid West Coast Canada Inc, of Stoney Creek, ON, this pair of well armoured (against moose) COEs are hauling temperature controlled goods (likely meat or produce).
Neither truck appears to be a recently delivered cab kit. But they are well maintained, possibly rebuilt, older units. Judging by the fleet numbers 721 and 723, there is likely at least a third one out there somewhere. Since Packers runs coast to across Canada and the US, it may be anywhere.
The brutal Magnum moose bars on the front don't improve the looks, and appear to block at least some of the headlight spread, but New Brunswick is moose country, so they are likely a wise investment.
Not many miles away I spotted a Kenworth COE, heading northbound - no photo was possible.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Famous Land Rover touches down in Halifax - again

The world traveling Vorsters from South Africa had traversed every continent, when they visited Nova Scotia a few years ago, so maybe they are retracing their steps in their unique heavily modified ex military Land Rover 2B, powered by a GMC diesel engine.
When I spotted it today around the corner form my house, I was surprised to say the least.

With standing headroom inside and high ground clearance, the rig was supposed to be as self-sustaining as possible, and able to go anywhere a four wheeled vehicle could go. From what I have been able to find on the internet, they seem to have been able to do this despite several incidents.

The web site  I have found seems to be out of date, but is well worth a visit.


If I learn more I will update.