Friday, December 1, 2017

Western Star in the rain

Rain certainly does not diminish the bright red company color for Atlantic Tiltload. The growing company, based in Dartmouth, NS with an office in Saint John, has a large fleet of vehicles of various sizes, from small tilt decks to large highway tractors.

Among them are several twin steer dual axle straight trucks, one of which is this impressive Western Star with Palfinger PK 92002-SH  knuckle boom.

Atlantic Tiltload #38 poses in the rain this afternoon.

Atlantic Tiltload seems to be concentrating on Western Stars these days. They still have couple of Cats that are not the favourites for their drivers, and smattering of other brands.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Miltary vehicles retuning from abroad

Some Canadian HLVW military trucks (Heavy Logistic Vehicles)  have been returned to Canada by ship in recent weeks. I first spotted three of them October 31 lashed down to container frames, but they had been in Halifax for some days then, so I have no idea exactly where they came from.

Because of the casual lettering applied to doors, I assume they were declared surplus before they left their overseas postings and have been returned here for sale. Alternately they may be ear marked for rebuild since they do not appear to be in poor condition.

Two for the price of one?

These trucks have been Canadian army workhorses since 1990. 1,212 of them were built by Urban Transportation Development Corp (Can-Car), based on the Steyr 1491 Percheron as the UTDC 24M32

Long overdue for replacement (2015 by some estimates) the process has started to find a new 16.5 tonne+  6x6 which may be delivered as soon as 2021. Military procurement being what it is, I am not holding my breath.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lashed and ready to go

A string of trucks loaded on flat cars is an unusual sight on the waterfront. Usually it is cranes imported for Canadian users. This time however it is several Canadian vehicles, probably heading back to their base in Grand Prairie, AB.  Belonging to to the Valard Group, a conglomerate of fourteen brands it is the Canadian presence for Quanta Services. They specialize in engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of power and telecom transmission projects. I suspect these vehicles were working on the Muskrat Falls project in Newfoundland., and they were a bit of mixed bag.

Leading the parade was this twin steer tandem Western Star with a Manitex crane.

 Next was a twin steer Kenworth with a National crane and triple axles, followed by a modest Freightliner.

The last in line was another W'Star also a twin steer, tri-axle with Manitex crane, sharing its car with Deere a front end loader.

There were also a number of trailers and other gear loaded on rail cars behind the fence at pier 31, out of photo range.

The "Manitex" brand name on the crane booms appears to have been painted over with single coat of white paint, but was still visible. Based in Bridgeview, IL, Manitex was started in 1983 by Manitowoc Company and sold off to new owners in 2003 and is a totally independent and unrelated company separately listed on NAASDAQ.

Manitowoc acquired Potain in 2001, Grove and National Crane in 2002 and continues to make National Cranes for boom trucks in addition to a range of construction cranes and is active world-wide.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Paccar Fleet

Kings Produce Ltd, based in Greenwich and Port Williams, Kings County, NS, was formed by several farm producers to distribute their crops. As part of the operation they set up a trucking company, which has a unique characteristic. Unlike most trucking companies that adopt a standard colour scheme, each Kings truck  has a unique, but somewhat similar paint job.

Most of the trucks are Peterbilts, but I see at least one Kenworth - both brands owned by PACCAR (originally Pacific Car and Foundry)  the last of the independent truck builders.

These rigs were parked at their Greenwich truck shop Saturday, getting their weekly washes.


Sunday, October 1, 2017


M+J Total Transport + Rigging Inc, a division of Mills Heavy Hauling Inc of Halifax has been operating this Mercedes Actros for a few years now. Usually off in some remote area of eastern Canada working on wind turbines or hidden away in an industrial site, it doesn't often make an appearance in the wide open spaces.

Last week it was inside a chain link fence at Pier 9C in Halifax, after a heavy load transfer, but this weekend it appeared in the marshaling area outside the Fairview Cove container terminal. The truck originated with Fahrenholz Industrie in Germany, a company that works with Mills for expediting cargo on the European side of the pond.


Friday, September 22, 2017

First day of autumn, and we know what follows

What follows autumn is no secret. Truck equipment suppliers are in on it too, and this time of year are busy fitting out salt spreaders and plows.

A few recent sights:

The St.John's, Newfoundland airport will be getting this beefy Western Star 4X4. It will likely be towing a sweeper trailer to clean up after the plows and blowers have done their work. Similar rigs are operating at numerous airports in Canada. Note the low mount headlights in the bumper and "blind" fenders.

The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is responsible for highways (among many other things) and will be using this dandy Mack once it is equipped with a plow and spreader body.

Before and after views of some Freightliners. End customer unknown. In the "after" version at left, supplementary headlights are fitted to a spreader bar on the hood. The trucks will likely see road maintenance duties during the non-snow season(s).


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Petes at work

Pete 1

Brinks has upped the ante a bit as far as armoured trucks go. Most of the others in the business use pretty basic Ford and Inters or even Freightliners, but Brinks has introduced a Peterbilt in Halifax in recent weeks.

Not wishing to appear to give it too close an inspection, I was able to determine that that the cab has been at least partially connected with the body by means of a box that looks like an A/C unit atop the cab. The moose bar on the front is a nice touch, and the fresh sticker indicates that the truck has not been in service long.

The extra heavy gaskets around the windshield may indicate special glass. The rest of the cab looks standard, but may be lined with armour plate - not for me to ask!

Note the camera peaking out under the visor on the shotgun (sorry, passenger) side windshield.

Pete 2

A nice looking Pete tilt deck  operated by Added Touch Towing + Recovery Inc came to the rescue of  broken down Bimmer in  my neighbourhood the other day.

The 2 man crew and  the car owner pushed the car out into street where it was loaded on in short order. The photo (taken by smart phone) holds one interesting detail that I did not see until after I had down loaded it  - can you spot it?

 Look directly above the right had clearance light and see two more spectators on the balcony.

Pete 3

Peterbilt has a good market share in the low cab forward market, particularly for compactor body refuse haulers. I think twin steers are rare (except in Quebec) , so I was pleased to get this one in Quebec in August.

From the shape of the second axle fender, it appears to be a Simard Suspension conversion.

Pete 4
Another LCF Pete twin steer, but this one has a clearer view of the way ahead.

Translation: Fresh Paint