Sunday, September 14, 2014

Major fire brings out aerials

A major fire this morning in downtown Halifax brought out a wide range of Halifax Regional Municipality Fire and Emergency Services apparatus from both sides of Halifax harbour. At the height of the fire at least four pumpers and numerous support and utility vehicles were on scene but also four aerial devices were at work.
The building, a laminated timber framed former curling rink, was jammed in on two sides by other buildings and only aerials were able to centre in on the seat of the fire.
 Three of four aerials at work on the fire (two at left, on the north side of the building and one on the right on the south side). By the time this was taken the main part of the building had burned and collapsed, and only the office structure in front was still standing.

Most of the pumpers on the job were HRM's newest Spartan Metro Star / Carl Thibaults, like 12-538E and 11-529E.

However Engine 15 responded with Pierce 10-509E. (This unit is based at Station 15, on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth.)

Tactical 8 runs this veteran Freightliner 95-95TS. 

It would not normally be seen downtown, so is likely filling in for another larger unit.

It was joined by this Sterling 04-347S with Drake trailer 04-351T, which is fitted with food and toilet facilities.

E-One Bronto aerial platform 09-489P  was set up closest to the building on its north side.

Down hill, and accessing the east side of the building was LaFrance  LTI 02-305L with its 110 foot ladder. I believe it is also based in Dartmouth.

On the south side of the building, Pierce quint 08-439Q  was wreathed in smoke.
A weary hoseman dismantles a hose line on the west side of the building. LaFrance quint 01-144Q has finished its work. It appears to have damaged its front bumper.  13-554U is one of  several Ford Explorers in the Utility category.

All four aerial devices are rated at 1750 gpm, and were able to bring down unstable portions of the building with their water pressure.

The building was a total loss, along with its contents, which included a corporate headquarters, a framing shop, an adult learning centre (used for police training) and a used furniture warehouse/store. No lives were lost and as far as is known there were no injuries, but many police and firemen inhaled smoke.

For more on the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services, including a complete fleet roster see:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Not the only Pete in tennis.

When you think tennis and Pete, you may not think of  Dome Production's custom Peterbilt, built for remote broadcasts, such as the Davis Cup tennis matches currently underway in Halifax.

With Halifax's old town clock in reflection, the Pete has taken up station on Brunswick Street outside the Metro Centre (soon to become Scotiabank Centre). A pull out section of the drom box on the curb side has been extended, and the whole thing stabilized with jack legs. The production trailer is likely inside the building, closer to the action, and connected to the tractor by cable. The satellite antenna has not yet been raised..


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Petes for Pumping

Chassis/cabs for concrete pumper trucks seem to predominantly Macks, but this summer I saw a number of Peterbilts at the Simard Suspensions in Baie-St-Paul, QC  plant, fitting out with Putzmeister mixing rigs.

In amongst the Macks and other trucks, these three Petes, in factory white, were low cab forwards, with quarter windows in the cab - and you will note, all are right hand drive. This vocational model Peterbilts can also be seen in refuse collection work, but all of these were tagged for Putzmeister North America..

The one finished product was a slightly different model, without the quarter windows:

Also with a higher cab mounting height it had rounded fenders, instead of the angled ones. It was painted in the company colours of Castle Concrete Pumping Inc of Santa Rosa, CA. Castle is a rather large operation as you can see from their website:
This unit carries fleet number P42.

I imagine this rig will be trucked west, rather than traveling on its own wheels at the usually sedate speed common amongst pump trucks.


Governor General's big rig

The Governor General of Canada has funded a traveling display to exhibit and interpret the various awards that Canadians can receive for  bravery or other significant contributions to society. Including the Victoria Cross and the Order of Canada, the medals and decorations  and the supporting interpretive displays are carried aboard an expandable trailer, pulled by this distinguished looking Volvo.

Featuring an extra large sleeper and a generator, the longchassis Volvo has "Rideau Hall" inscribed on its doors. That is the name of the Governor General's official residence, which is slightly large than the Volvo.

With the trailer detached, extended and leveled, and the generator hooked up, the display is open to the public.

On the road for a year now, the tour will be winding up in the next weeks in Antigonish, NS, Sydney, NS and ending in Gander, NL.

For more on the "It's an honor / C'est un honneur" program, see:


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Autocar on vacation

No vacation would be complete in my books without an Autocar. Although I did see a few late generation Volvo type Acars in Quebec, it was not until the return leg of my trip that I detoured off the Trans Canada to check up on the Burgess Transportation Services traditional Autocar at Petitcodiac, NB.
It was worth the stop despite the near darkness. The big Car is on prominent display in the Burgess yard. Despite being New Brunswick's only Hino dealer and Mack service centre, Burgess is proud of the big beast and keep in good condition and even feature it on their website:

A childhood friend of mine once said that if he had to be run over by a truck he hoped it would be an Autocar. I guess I am not that desperate, but I get it.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Break

Truckfax will be taking a break during August and will resume posting in early September, stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

40 ton Louie on the job

The legendary Halifax towtruck "40 ton Louie" was on the job this morning - and it really had a handful. Halifax Transit's articulated bus 742 had a breakdown and it had to be towed from Upper Water Street to the transit garage.

Ruggles Towing operates the Ford Louisville L9000.