Thursday, November 26, 2015

Paddocks with a difference

Among the finest looking trucks I see from time to time are those of Paddock Transportation from Stoney Creek, ON. They are regulars here transporting military LAVs for export to Saudi Arabia. The LAVs are built by General Dynamics in London, ON and arrive in Halifax on Paddock trucks in time to load aboard Saudi ships.

Consistently painted in black and red, there is still considerable variety in the actual trucks.
Most of the trucks are Kenworths, although I have seen a Western Star, but I got a surprise this week when a Freightliner COE put in an appearance.

 A shrink wrapped LAV waiting on the pier.

 A Freightliner COE lurks behind a piar of KWs.
Impressive Freightliner is equipped with a lift axle.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Volvos and Armour

Armour Transportation Systems of Moncton, NB is one of the largest trucking companies in eastern Canada, and its bright red Volvos are one of the most common sights on our roads. The company website says they have more than 1,900 employees and 4,000 pieces of equipment.

They do run the odd other brand - you may see a Mack or an International, but by far the most common are the Volvos, and they come in several different models of day cab and sleeper depending on the service.

They are so common, that perhaps they go unnoticed, but one that I saw last week certainly caught my eye. It was a company tow truck/wrecker, which apparently works out of their Moncton service shop. It was in Halifax to drop of a tractor for Newfoundland and to pick-up one from Newfoundland, that Oceanex delivered from Halifax.

A very slick looking rig, it appears to be spec'd with a slightly longer wheelbase than most of the company's tractors.

Among the divisions in Armour is Pole Star, which also generally runs Volvos with slight differences in trim.
Pole Star is the present name of Jodrey + Pulsifer Transport, which operated in Nova Scotia for many years. Pole Star Transport Inc (Nova Scotia) still shares a home address with several other interests of the Jodrey family, under the name Scotia Investments. The founder, Roy A.Jodrey was an entrepreneur involved in many different businesses, including Minas Basin Pulp & Power, Canadian Keyes Fibre and was a director of scores of large Canadian corporations.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Liebherr by rail

CN delivered this large Liebherr to Halifax from AllCanada Crane in Mississauga.

It appears that the crane my be bound overseas..


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Most famous truck in Halifax

There is a proliferation of (usually ugly) food trucks these days sprouting out at odd places at odd times.

With a paint job meant to look like Graffiti, this carefully fitted out Ford is probably better looking, and in much better condition that most Halifax food trucks.

But there are still some traditional fry wagons on the street occupying regular positions.

There is nothing particularly scary about Monster Fries' Utilimaster, which has been stationed at Point Pleasant Park this year.
(Utilimaster is owned by Spartan Motors and includes the former Union City Body Co, that bought General Motors' chassis division back in 1998.)

The most famous is certainly Bud the Spud and his vintage Grumman Olson Kurbmaster. Bud and Co have been in the business for 30 years plus and are a fixture on Spring Garden Road.
(When Grumman Olson was declared bankrupt in 2001 it was purchased by an investment house. The step van line is now known as Morgan Olson.)

The white colour is no accident, since the operators stress cleanliness to attract patrons. 


Monday, October 19, 2015


As the gateway for European vehicles, Halifax sees all kinds, and if I am lucky enough to catch them before they are forwarded on.

During the past weekend I spotted this Boschung Jet Broom vehicle, manufactured  by the Swiss company:

Fitted on what looks like a Mercedes chassis, it is likely headed for demonstration work in Canada this winter.
There is also a Youtube video showing one of these units at work:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

More RVs

With the fall colour season at its height, there are still lots of tourists in Nova Scotia. Many it seems are traveling in RVs. The usual array of domestic rental types don't interest me very much, so I keep a lookout for any oddities.

There are still lots of foreign RVs around - both arriving from overseas and departing for home. The adventurous Germans are still in the lead, and they seem to come up with an infinite variety of vehicles - no two alike.

 This Fiat 130 chassis/cab mini-RV would likely be very economical to operate, but require  a great deal of cooperation for use of space.

I  particulary like the iridescent leading edge of the roof and the teardrop window. I could see no maker's name on the RV body.

Although it did not start out as an RV this Ford E-350 chassis/cab mini-bus body has made the transition. Now equipped with solid panel side doors, privacy window tints and various appurtenances on the roof deck, it seems to do the job. The solar panels are backed up with a surplus pick-up truck tool box and a Volvo ski-box. It pays to be prepared!

"Bustang" is word play on "Bus" and "Mustang" - since it is a Ford after all. Oddly the State of Colorado started up its own bus service in June 2015, and calls it Bustang, with a horse logo too.

The unit carries British Columbia plates.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bright and shinies on the waterfront

A tremendous amount of truck traffic on the waterfront these days with large project cargoes and machinery moves. Most  are oversize and require low bed trailers or drop decks and often escorts. I have not been in the right place at the right time for most of these or they have been blocked from view. My guess is that more than 30 special loads moved in or out this week.

However I did grab a few today.

Bellemare, the Quebec heavy load specialist has been front and centre with two contracts, one for project cargo and one for military vehicles (see previous post).

These three Western Stars, a Kenworth and their escort vehicle were planning their route this evening.  The escort has elaborate graphics. Note the small diameter tire tag axle.

 Bellemare's graphics sharpen up this Chev. I guess that is a clearance pole on the front .

Another bright and shiny was this big red Pete from Couture Logistics Inc. See: CLI
It is carrying one of nearly a dozen timber harvesters (and several farm tractors among other things) that moved out of Halifax this week after arriving by ship on Monday.

If you haven't heard of Ponsse before, it is a company based in Finland, but has a worldwide business. See their website:

All the trucks were not bright and shiny however. This matte finish old Freightliner set back was certainly the weirdest truck, and certainly looked the least reliable. It was carrying an over width crate on a straight deck trailer.The lettering on the truck is "R-052357-2"