We don't see COEs on the road very much anymore. So here is a little tribute the lamented Freightliner COE.
This ca.1951 version bears the Freightliner insignia.When White took over marketing and added their name, the trucks began to appear beyond their west coast origins.
Somewhere in Quebec, June 1992
Doug Cameron drove his new White Freightliner from BC to Nova Scotia.
Thorburn, NS, September 1975.
New double sleeper at a truck dealer show in Halifax.
Halifax, September, 1975.
Discerning shoppers at the dealer's lot examine the White Western Star on the right. They've already checked out the long wheelbase single sleeper.
Dartmouth, NS, May 22, 1976
After the White agreement elapsed the grille and insignia changed, but the split windshield remained on COEs and conventionals. Seaboard hauled a lot of B-trains on two lane highways.
Glenholme, NS, August 29, 1989
Krispy Kernels distributed their confectioneries with this crisp COE. The add on spoiler was a factory option, but the recumbant playboy figures on the vent were not.
NB/QC border, September 3, 1987.
With streamlining the steel divider on the windshield disappeared, but the classic look remained. Set back axles also began to appear along with raised roof sleepers.
Dégelis, QC, June 30, 1991
MacCosham Van Lines of Edmonton ran this long wheelbase with high rise sleeper and drom on a set-back axle chassis.
Dartmouth, NS, July 14, 1990.
The classic look remained, but a bigger grille was needed to cool the bigger engines.
The nice T-Brook dump trailer has lost a tire- glad I wasn't behind him at the time.
Halifax, NS, August 28, 1998.
In the heyday of the big COEs, pulling wood chips on a damp day, all within the 75 foot length limit. This was the last model with the distinctive cant in the front starting at mid-rad height.
near Parrsboro, NS, June 30, 1994.
An interesting sub-set were twin steer COEs.
This mobile stadium lighting unit came from Oskaloosa, Iowa to St.Mary's University in Halifax.
Late model COEs show very little resemblance to the classic.
Halifax, NS, June 12, 2005.
A second Musco unit, towing a trailer, is a similar twin steer boom truck. Looks quite European (would Daimler/Mercedes ownership have anything do do with it?)
Halifax, NS, June 12, 2005.
Béton Provincial ran this set-back axle twin steer, with low mount cab and transit mixer. With the engine set so far back, the PTO does not protrude beyond the front bumper.
New Brunswick, August 1995.
One last set-back high mount cab. RST Industries, a division of Midland Transport delivers bulk commodities such as asphalt.
RST stands for Road and Sea Transport, and is part of the Irving group of companies. Irving has their own in-house Freightliner dealership (Universal Truck & Trailer Sales) and so used lots of these units.
Truro, NS, July 19, 1995.