Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pete from the bright red mud

Red Skye Trucking from Cornwall, PE are daily callers in Halifax with a variety of containers, usually reefer types carrying fish or produce.They may even carry spuds.
Today's shot is a nicely spruced up Peterbilt (386 probably), but what made it stand out for me was the hubcaps on the trailer. Usually container trailers are pretty basic, and often don't belong to the trucker, but to some other company.
This truck has a low rise sleeper and chromed air foil on the roof along with a ton of other chrome. Too bad the containers get so banged around that they aren't very attractive.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October round up - north end traffic 24/7

During the past month the north end of peninsular Halifax experienced a boom in traffic. The usual activity at the Fairview Cove container terminal and CN's intermodal yard is significant, but usually dies down somewhat in the evenings. So has traffic from the expansion of pier 9, now that they have completed round the clock pouring of concrete.
But the Halifax Shipyard expansion project is now seeing 24/7 dump truck traffic, with mountains of gravel coming in to fill in a new pier. To move all the fill and do the other construction there is a constant flow of cranes, loaders and other gear in and out of the site as needed. Not only that but precast concrete beams and panels arrive several times a day  for the shipyard's new parking garage.

Most of this traffic is using the Africville Road, and it is rare that there isn't at least one truck in sight at any time.
A sampling:
1. Atlantic Tiltload's Freightliner 18 hauls an Irving Equipment Link-Belt crane (with New Brunswick plates).Today
2. Gulf Operators' (an Irving company) Western Star hauls a Cat crawler, while a loaded Municipal Sterling dumper heads inbound and a Western Star with a walking bed dumper is outbound empty. Today

3. Precast concrete from Strescon (another Irving owned company) arrives on a variety of Sunbury trucks and some independents.October 16

4. Fairview Cove traffic also includes breakbulk that will be palletized or containerized in the terminal. This well illuminated KW day cab brings in a load of Nova Scotia lumber. October 18.

5. A former Toronto airport crew bus arrived October 9 for export. It had no manufacturer's markings. It was operated by Calssada Investments Ltd.

6. Vintage R model Mack dumper arrived October 8, also for export. It bears a lot number sticker from a Ritchie Bros. auction.

7. In amongst the usual container traffic, Atlantic Tiltload had this stretch drop deck trailer carrying a foldable type container with cable reels October 17.
8. A pair of Kenworth drivers affix radioactive placards to a container carrying containment casks. RSB Logistic of Saskatoon, SK, St. Louis, MO and Paducah, KY specialize in uranium transportation. October 18

9. Atlantic Tiltload again with an odd load. This blue box, when filled with water, is used by ZPMC crane manufacturer to test their new cranes. Atlantic was moving the box from outside the terminal to inside the terminal. (They did not go out on the roads with the load unsecured.)
October 24,


Monday, October 28, 2013

Mills Western Star - all feet on the floor

Mills Heavy Hauling pulled this large Cat out of Fairview today. It is not often that I get to see the drop axle actually dropped, and the fourth axle on the trailer also in use.

1. Though my front windshield distorts the colour, the photo does show the "business side" of the Cat. It looks like pipeline laying gear.

2. Once out of the terminal the Star awaits an escort car. The Cat's model number wasn't visible, but it was carrying an owner's inventory number of 96V00698.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dartmouth Fire Department

Pre-amalgamation in 1996, the City of Dartmouth, NS, maintained its own independence on the east side of Halifax harbour. Dartmouth was founded in 1750 (one year after Halifax) and still maintains its identity, as a community within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), but all services, including fire fighting, are carried out by the HRM.
When it was still an independent city it had a sizable fire department. Here is an album of some of its apparatus from the old shoebox (headings indicate the year the picture was taken)


1. 1977 Ford-Thibault 1050 gpm pumper operated from Station 4 in lower Burnside.

2. This little 1950s International tanker was not typical of Dartmouth's roster. It was probably used as a brush truck.

3. 1976 Ford-Thibualt, rear-mount 100 ft aerial also ran from Station 4.


4. Tower 2 ran this Mack CF, with Baker Aerialscope 100 foot mid-mount platform.It was built by Thibault in 1976


5. No.14 Pumper operated this 1970 Thibault 1250 gpm from the Station 1 on King Street. The ubiquitous Cincinnati Cab was Thibault's custom cab.

6. No.18 Pumper ran a similar 1973 Thibualt 1250 gpm custom cab. Even though it was the first day of spring, both units were fitted with tire chains.


7. Classic 1965 American LaFrance 1250 gpm No.11 seen at Station 2 in Woodside. Tire chains were standard in January.


8. Checking out Number 4 aerial at station 4 - see also 1978 above.


9. Dartmouth ran this Dodge rescue for many years. It carried number 24.


10. 1981 Ford L9000 Pierreville 840 gpm pumper/ 1000 gal tanker/ 40lb foam carried several numbers, including 3 and 12 during its career. 

11. (undated possibly 1986)


12. Thibault built this aerial on a Ford C chassis, and it was assigned to Station 4, replacing another 1976 Thibualt aerial on a Ford C chassis -see photoS above.


13. Late model Ford C-Thibault (ca. 1987)was 1050/600 pumper number 1. Note the handrail around the back of the cab.


14. Tibotrac built this emergency response unit on a Ford Cargo chassis.

15. Chev StepVan served as a mobile command unit.


16. Another view of the newer number 4 aerial, see also 1990 above.

17. Metalfab built this pumper No.1 on a Ford Cargo chassis. The crew box has a side door.

18. In 1982 this Plymouth Fury station wagon saw duty in a variety of roles. 

19. A sunny day view of No.11 LaFrance, in April 1979, with the chains off.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Big load through town

Pulling an oversize load through downtown Halifax on a Saturday morning is an interesting exercise.
In today's case it was a classic Kenworth, with dolly and Fontaine four axle trailer, carrying a  Tadano TR650 XL. Starting from the Fairview Cove marshalling lot, the rig wound its way along streets wide and narrow, through a half dozen traffic lights and countless crosswalks, not to mention at least one very tight turn, before it reached the south end port area, without incident.
The bad news came when it reached the Halterm container terminal where it was refused entry - possibly until Monday morning.How the rig was turned around I don't know, but it somehow managed to find a peaceful parking spot until the gates open for business.
1. Ready to roll from Fairview with a 10'-10 1/2" wide load.

2. The TR650XL-3 is a 65 tonne capacity rough terrain crane. Although carrying the Sterling name, it also carries an auction lot number 277 on the windshield. Sterling lists 21 of these rigs as surplus, all but one in western Canada. One was sold last month at a Toronto auction by Ritchie Bros, probably the Sarnia unit, which was built in 2000. It has a crane outreach from 36' to 114'.

3. Lead escort persuades oncoming traffic to clear the track .

4. Tail escort van keeps a clear distance.

5. Parked.

6. BRK Specialized hails from Listowel, ON - where all is well.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Clarke Freightliner and big scoop

A nicely fitted out Freightliner with Trail King tri-axle trailer running for Clarke Road Transport Inc had this big imported bucket to haul today.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sucker trucks

For some reason I saw a lot of vacuum trucks working near the waterfront last week - just lucky I guess.

1. and 2. October 16, Pardy's had this new Western Star 4700 with Vactor 2100 setting up at pier 21. Pardy's Waste Management is based in Newfoundland, with a branch in Alberta. I had never seen one of their trucks in Halifax before, but it is carrying Nova Scotia plates.

3. October 17, Newalta's Pete was not far away at pier 22. It was wearing  hazardous materials placard 1993 indicating flammable liquid.
4. October 18, Atlantic Industrial Cleaners' Kenworth, with another Vactor 2100 was draining light pole bases at pier 9. Note the inscription on the cab door "IOL DEDICATED #7" I guess its services are not currently required by Imperial Oil.


Roll ON, Roll OFF

The Port of Halifax is the terminus for a lot of Roll On-Roll Off cargo. Not just new cars (and there are thousands of those) but also the annual flood of European travel vehicles (outbound) at this time of year, and a regular trade in construction cranes (inbound). Some recent examples: 

Roll On

This German version of the Ford Transit with Hobby Caravan body was in Halifax on the weekend in time for this week's departure on an Atlantic Container Line ship:

Roll Off (and On)

 This sizable Liebherr crane rolled off the autocarrier Aida on October 17 and almost immediately rolled on to a rail car for transit westward:
 Due to the forward overhang of the boom, an idler car is also required.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scot trucks Part 4 of 3 - fire apparatus chassis

When I started my little retrospective on Scot trucks I thought I would just include fire apparatus as part of the C1 and C2 tilt cab section. It then occurred to me that in fact some of the fire apparatus chassis were not tilt cabs, and were distinct enough for their own coverage. Therefore this is Part 4 of 3.

According to published accounts about 25% of Scot's production went to fire apparatus chassis. The chassis were termed C1FD and were based on the C1 tilt cab. Most Canadian fire apparatus manufacturers at the time used a few Scots for pumpers, tankers and aerials in single or tandem drive versions. Thibault and Pierrevile used a few and King used about 25 Scot chassis.

Most of the fire apparatus used an extended cab with rear facing jump seats, and these cabs usually did not tilt.
1. An unpainted chassis for Thibault next to the ever popular Ford C series so-called Budd cab at a 1979 fire chiefs' convention in Halifax. The unit was still in primer and would be painted by Thibault.

2. The rear facing jump seats shared space with an engine box on this tandem chassis. It may have become the 100ft aerial delivered to Scarborough in 1980.

3. Competitor Pierreville had this recently delivered unit on display at the same show in 1979. It operated for the town of Bedford, NS. (Bedford amalgamated with Halifax in 1999).

4. When the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services was formed in 1999, it brought the former Bedford No.3 unit into Halifax. 

5. Cole Harbour-Westphal, another suburban area of Halifax county (which became part of the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1999) ran this Scot-King. It was a 1977, 1050 gpm -500 gal pumper. It was one of the few Scot-King pumpers sold in Atlantic Canada. 1982 photo

6. Halifax F.D had this 1976 Scot-Thibault on their roster in 1984, working out of the Rockingham fire station. It was sold in 1998 to Milford, NS.

7. Toronto Fire Department's Station 10 housed this Scot with Pierreville 30m aerial in 1987.

6. The HMC Dockyard Fire Department operated this mid-mount Scot-Thibault 840/500 with 65 foot aerial in 1980. It was delivered in 1978 with yellow paint.

7. Halifax Fire Department had one Scot-King "Fire King" 85 foot snorkel truck. It was delivered with yellow paint in 1974, and was the first King apparatus built on a Scot chassis. 1981 photo

8. Later painted red, the unit was in service in 1994.

9. The snorkel was rear mounted over the tandem axles, and the control panel was rear mounted too.

10. The truck was fitted with rear outrigger legs. It was based at Station 2, West Street, the only fire hall in Halifax long enough to accommodate it.Its suspension appears to be slightly lower than some other Scots, and it appears to be a tilt cab.

11. Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade in Nova Scotia used this Scot-Thibault 1050/1500 pumper/ tanker. Note the bright work around the rear wheels and the higher suspension.  Sources indicate that this rig was built in 1977 on a former dump truck chassis.1986 photo

12. This Pierreville 30m aerial on a long wheelbase Scot chassis had been traded in by 1997. Note the exposed outriggers.

13. By 2000 this tandem axle pumper/tanker had been traded in and its previous operators were illegible. The large front bumper appears to be a Pierreville addition. Like many Scots it had a removable protection plate over the front grille which had to be removed to tilt the cab.