Thursday, July 2, 2015

Paccars and colour schemes

With so many trucks delivered in factory white these days, it is a pleasure to see trucks carrying custom or company paint schemes. Paccar's Peterbilts and Kenworths tend to be built to order, and special paint jobs go with the territory. Some recent examples.

 Well painted KW is enjoying a second career hauling excavators. (New Minas, NS.)

 British racing green and white makes a slick look for this Pete, especially with some gold trim.. (Woodstock, NB)

Bigfreight from Steinbach, MB has landed in Atlantic Canada recently with their standout swoops. (Woodstock, NB)

 Single colour KWs at the dealer in Dieppe, NB, look uninteresting...

next to one with some nice detailing, particularly with the classic long hood variant.

Pete low cab forward fueler at the Colbrook, NS delaer is likely destined for CFB Greenwood. Note it is carrying Tremcar mudflaps.
According to the Tremcar website, they are building 26 of these fuelers for the Department of National Defence. The trucks are assembled at their London, ON plant.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Big 3 Golden Oldies

Old trucks are everywhere, but some draw attention for various reasons

In the 1950s Dodge changed the look of their trucks every year just as they did with cars. Therefore this is pretty easy to identify as a 1958.The panel van was rarer than the pickup, and this decently restored model, but would have been a small portion of the 58,671 Dodge tucks produced in the US in 1958. This one lives in Miramichi, NB.
With the optional V-8 under the hood it would be a dynamite ride.

The much reviled Ford Cargo (which was later taken over by Sterling) is a rare sight these days. By the look of this tilt-deck, I wonder it if is a former fire truck. The white over red colour scheme would certainly suggest it. The double barrel horn in the bumper is another hint. Sighted in Burnside June 27.  

 I've trying to get a picture of this Jimmy for years, but it is hard to find it sitting still. The Cat powered C8500 spends is days hauling empty containers and container chassis around Halifax. The only single axle truck in that work, it is certainly a rarity on that count alone.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Road Trip Report 5 - Western Stars

Western Stars seem to leap before my camera in many places as I make my rounds.

Long wheelbase wrecker works out of Yamachiche, QC, serving routes 138 and 20.

Also a wrecker, but an unusual single drive axle unit, this 'Star, with classic Autocar cab, serves the Miscou Island area of New Brunswick.

Clearing the way for the wrecker during Miscou's notorious winters, this aged White Western Star sports a pair of shop made checkerplate fenders.

Langille Brothers Contracting Ltd of New Glasgow, NS run this big Western Star with a custom billet grille.

This Shriner parade vehicle owes some of its inspiration to Western Star - at least for the hood, but the cab looks more like a Freightliner. Its sponsor is Hodgson Trucking, a real trucking company working from the Eastern Passage area of Halifax hauling tankers, containers and doing other general trucking.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Road Trip Report 4 - no fire here

There was a public event underway in the Pictou fire hall on June 20 so the apparatus had been wheeled out onto to the apron. Despite long shadows from the late evening sun, the unique "biscuit" over over red colour scheme was still vidible.

Unit No.1 is this good looking Ford F-350 light rescue.

 Big Sterling Acterra from Metalfab is Truck 7....
Its ULC plate indicates an October 12, 2007 certification at 1050 igpm.

Classy American LaFrance Eagle is called "Number 6"....
Its plate is dated June 8, 2000 and it also rates at 1050 igpm.

I have featured some of the previous apparatus from the Pictou VFD here before:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Where's the fire

A recent trip through Pierreville St-Fran├žois-du-Lac QC, showed up a few interesting pieces of E-One apparatus at the Techno-Feu dealer. Despite heavy rain I was able to click away at a few of them.

 Single axle Freightliner for the town of Repentigny  next to a Montreal aerial.:

Larger tandem pumper tanker on a 2008 Freightliner chassis from nearby Varennes is in for service:
Unmarked airport unit is not new - look at the rusty rims.

This aerial is assigned to the Institut de protection contre les incendies de Quebec, the firefighter training school in Laval.

Another aerial from the school, this one a Bronto Skylift.
Some handsome black over red aerials from Montreal. The number 473 indicates that it is a ladder (4) and that it is assigned to station 73 (rue St-Germain, St-Laurent). This is a 135 ft rearmount dating from 1993 according the Wiki:


Ville de Mont-Laurier operates this platform aerial.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time marches on

A couple of Freightliners gave Halifax a blast from the past today:

The 2006 Freightliner carries a Jardine Transport sign on its door, but its black and orange colour scheme indicate that  it is a former Day and Ross rig. D+R used to market them selves as "The Big Orange", but they have lost that name and no longer bother to paint their trucks in anything but factory "refrigerator" white.
Jardine on the other hand, a small but significant operator from Fredericton, NB since 1978, may soon be sprouting new colours. The company has just been sold to Seafort Capital of Halifax and might be expected to become more visible in the flatbed and drop deck market.

Jardine may move to fill some of the gap left by the unfortunate failure of Ken Giberson Transport Ltd of Miramichi, NB. The company, founded in 1967, went into receivership in February and its fleet of trucks and trailers was sold to Maynard Industries and offered for sale at auction June16.

Giberson trucks were always painted a distinctive blue with neat white lettering. At the end the fleet consisted of about twenty 2012 International ProStars, all with about 500,000 kms on them, and

several cannibalized veterans of previous years, mostly Freightliners, but some Kenworths. The auction ad called them "salvage units". There were also 30 dry vans, 50 container chassis and some flat decks on sale at the auction. (Above photos taken June 20, so some of the trucks may already have been driven away.)

Another Freightliner was a blast from the past today as it stood by at the Petro-Canada Petro-Pass cardlock in Burnside:
A vintage Freightliner COE with high rise sleeper and drom box. COEs and droms, once a common sight, are now fairly rare birds, but are making a comeback.

This one has been extensively rebuilt/customized with a lot of lighting, chrome trim, and even modern mirrors installed on reinforced door panels. It operates for Nahorniak Service Inc of Saskatoon, SK.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Road Trip Report- 2, Autocars

Autocars used to rule the road for heavy trucks, but were long ago gobbled up by GMC/Volvo. My fondness for this mark has been recounted here countless times, so it should come as no surprise that I screach to a halt whenever I see one.
I used to disapprove of the late model GMC/Volvo ones, but I have mellowed since they seem to be only ones left. And I did spot several of them in northern New Brunswick on my recent road trip.Most appearted to be at least seasonally operational.

 Lurking behind a Scot(!) this A'car still looks pretty good.

Probably a former New Brunswick DoH plow, this one appears to be serviceable.

Another view of the first one shown.

Hooray - an operational A'car and a twin steer to boot.