Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autoracks - and a twist

With the recent upheavals in the auto transport business, we have been seeing some variety in the area. The sighting of a pair of Jack Coopers in July inspired this little portfolio.
1. This pair of Volvos from Jack Cooper Transport Co Inc of Kansas City, MO were parked in Burnside July 30, complete with their Kansas plates. Cooper has taken over a lot of work lost by the other big carriers and has called up units from layup.

2. Back in November 1979 Atlantic Automobile Transport was running this rather battered Ford W series COE. Ever wonder how the "stinger" trailers are connected?

3. "Stinger" is on the back of the truck and carries a low mounted fifth wheel. The trailer has a tongue with the king pin. Look at the miniature landing gear, which wouldn't get used much.

4. Nova Scotia's Lunenburg County counts itself as is the Christmas Tree capital (of the world?), and once used (old) autoracks to speed the balsam firs to market in the US. Ray Merlin had this White COE on the road November 24, 1979. Believe me it was one of the better looking rigs in this kind of work. The trees are now usally bagged and stuffed into containers or closed vans for long hauls.

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