Thursday, July 29, 2010

Random Shots #35 Western Star

Owen Davis Trucking of Lower Sackville, NS, with its distinctive colour scheme of red and black with pinstripes, has been around for better than 55 years. They are also noted for being loyal Western Star customers (and why not?) with an entire fleet of exclusively WStars.
There are actually two lines if business that I am aware of in the Davis group. Owen Davis Trucking, also known as Davis Specialized Carriers are the big guys that haul oversize loads, and their trucks have been pictured here before (always Western Stars.)
They also have a topsoil and compost operation known as Owen Davis & Son Contracting. They run dump trucks and tractors, also Western Stars.
I noted a new wrinkle in the group last night at Fairview Cove, namely this Western Star day cab with a big Raglan trailer. The trailer consists of a two axle dolly, trailer, two axle dolly, and two axle steering dolly. The whole works has an air suspension, and as shown with engine off, the air bags are empty and the trailer is sitting on the ground. The cab is also down on the frame. Once the engine is started up and the air is pumped up, the whole rig sits up and rides on air cushions.
The big Caterpillar 385C crawler came off a ship in the past few days, and is a typical Owen Davis cargo.

The unusual wrinkle is the company name on the cab door, which now reflects the active participation of another family member in the company, and an apparent sharing of resources between the two companies in the group.

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