Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mercedes Actros - comparison shopping

If you need to comparison shop between the civilian and militarized versions of the Mercedes Actros, this is an ideal time to do it.

Since I returned to Halifax in September  this big Fahrenholtz Actros and its multi-tired heavy lift trailer have been sitting the the parking lot at Pier 29 in the Port of Halifax.
An arrangement with local operator Mills Heavy Hauling and Germany's Fahrenholtz, has brought Mercedes Actros to Halifax before: in September 2014September 2011 and November 2014

But this a newer and bigger twin steer version:

Then on October 3 the Icelandic ship Reykjafoss unloaded several militarized Actros variants at nearby Pier 36. How they came to be brought here by an Icelandic ships remains to be explained.

The Canadian military acquired 86 of these beasts, named Armored Heavy Support Vehicles. Although they were secured on flat deck shipping containers, they were poorly tarped and must have received a real salt water washdown while in transit.

I have seen this type in Halifax before too: in November 2012 and December 2012

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Outbound RVs

It is the time of the year for all those European RVs that have been touring North America all summer to return home. More than a dozen a behind the fences at the Fairview Cove container terminal awaiting the arrival of the Atlantic Container Line ship.
Short of sitting at the gate all day, it is almost impossible to catch them as they arrive off the road. I was lucky enough today to catch an untypical exmaple.

This Mercedes chassis Le Voyageur is a prestige unit built in Framce. See the company's extensive web site:

A beautifully finished exterior, with numerous access doors, is matched by a roomy and luxurious interior. 


Monday, September 28, 2015

Pete carries Fassi load crane

It was hard to get photos of this Pete under the noon sun. However I did manage to get enough to show off its Fasssi F560XP loading crane. The Italian made crane has a reach of up to 54m and a lift u to 30.45 tonnes.
All mounted on a reinforced and extended chassis, with fifth wheel.

I believe, from the truck's company number and red colour that it is operated by Dexter Construction / Municipal Group. It had delivered some stone from a quarry to an art installation site.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Clean Machine from BC

The combination of a very clean classic Kenworth, a British Columbia license plate and and oversized sleeper drew my eye at Burnside this morning.

Operated by Nanaimo Minute Men 2006 Ltd, a UVL member, this truck was certainly a standout. The 53 foot Kentucky trailer was also well equipped with a variety of doors - some were open for cleaning.

Coast to coast moves are not unheard of here, because navy personel are often transferred between bases in Halifax and Esquimalt, on Vancouver Island.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Road Trip report finale - more multi-axles

To wrap up my August road trip report,  I will end it with a some more multi-axle trucks found at Simard Suspenionas in Baie-St-Paul, QC.
Yellow was the predominant colour one day when I spotted this pair.

This Freightliner 122 set back already has a Simard second steering axle added but not connected. These narrow integral mini-sleepers seems to be more common now and are popular with specialized carriers.Note the quad air horns.

 A Pete, also with quad air horns, and equipped with a pair of drop axles, and a wide stance front axle was also waiting for work. It was driven from the Pete factory in Texas.

A very odd coloured Mack also had its second steering axle in place, but not engaged. Its two tone pastel scheme must be unique.

Twin Freightliner 114 dump trucks in the fleet of Fernand Harvey et Fils Inc of Clermont, QC, are still looking good after two years' service. They have midships lift axles for heavy loads.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Unacknowledged Peterbilt

Transport Patrick Lizotte of St-Onésime d' Ixworth, QC (near La Pocatière if that helps) is a one truck, one trailer operation, with a very nice rig.

It appeared on the waterfront this morning, perhaps carrying produce or meat for one of the visiting cruise ships. The nicely fitted out Peterbilt tractor has had all its Pete badges removed and replaced with the letter "S". I am not sure what the significance of that might be, but it does not disguise the fact that it is a Peterbilt.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Road Trip report continued

I either didn't see or didn't photograph too may Kenworth's this summer - not sure why - they are hugely popular in Quebec.

This pair of shiny new KWs at Simard Suspensions ready to be fitted out for some heavy work. The new look fat radiator grille traces it ancestry to Kenworth's legendary tombstone rad - like this:

 Seen at a garage in La Malbaie this veteran sports the plastic fenders which purists decried when they first came out, but which have remarkably survived hard use. Perhaps that heavy bumper, complete with towing pin has something to do with it.
I have always wondered if those plastic fenders were a result of Kenworth taking over Sicard's Quebec factory. Sicard were pioneers in the use of plastic for hoods and fenders.

The north shore St.Lawrence is lined with small towns and villages and numerous wholesalers use tandem axle straight trucks to deliver the relatively small quantities of goods.

 This hardy Ryder KW tandem with reefer body works out of Lévis and seems to favour the convenience stores attached to Irving Oil gas stations for its many stops.