Saturday, January 16, 2010

Transport Nouvelle Generation

Transport Nouvelle Generation of Quebec City has merged trucks and buses into this rig, seen in downtown Halifax.

The company married a Kenworth T800 with its own custom made bus body (Dupont Industries). The 45 foot luxury coach can carry 32 passengers and is complete with 32 bunk beds, 8 tables, 17 screens, cooking facilities and WiFi. The 102' width, extra height and a self contained generator allow it to make long non-stop hauls, aimed mostly at sports teams.

This bus is the prototype TNG1, but there is a TNG2 on the way.
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Friday, January 15, 2010


Sicard snow blowers - all taken in Quebec unless noted:

Modern cab

City of Dartmouth, taken in 1976.

Mini version, called Sicard Junior


The Sicard snow blower was the real thing when I was a kid -back in the 50s-and there are still several working in the area.
Arthur Simard is credited with inventing the truck mounted snow blower in 1925, selling his first one in 1927 to Outrement, Quebec. In 1939 Sicard started to make its own truck chassis and cabs. In the 1940s they developed the Sanivan, a garbage compactor body. They also branched into conventional heavy duty trucks and even highway tractors. Kenworth ended up taking them over, but the snow blower business was spun off.
SMI, as it became known, continued on with a factory in Bathurst, New Brunswick for a time.
The SMI and Sicard names are now owned by SMI-Snowblast in Watertown, NY, with Sicard SSI Group in Knowlton, QC. They still make units similar to the more modern units shown above.


It's winter and the plows and snow blowers are out in profusion once again.

This one is a new one on me however, a European Unimog, seen in Burnside this morning.

It had too happen - one chute is not enough - mono is boring - go STEREO.


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