Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scania in Halifax

A sure sign of an imminent spring is the arrival of rare birds (or in this cast trucks) from Europe. Most trucks from Europe, wisely avoid a winter arrival, so this Scania seems to be rushing it by several weeks.

That it may be a Dutch truck is hinted at by the "Kerkdriel" mud flaps on the back, but otherwise all I can say is that it is a tilt cab, with top mount sleeper and has a horsebox body.

The truck has a Nova Scotia temporary license plate taped in the front windshield, but is likely destined for farther away.

Scania is a noted Swedish truck and engine builder, but is owned in the majority by Volkswagen (MAN has a minority position).Its trucks are sold and serviced around the world, with the exception of North America, where sightings remain quite rare.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Oldies at work

It was a case of calling all trucks as massive amounts of gravel were needed for the new pier 6 construction at Halifax Shipyard. Most of the material came in with semi-trailer dump trucks, many with walking floors, but these two oldies caught my eye.

Ford L 9000 Louisville twin steer may be ancient, but it is still earning its crust.
Even older, the International Paystar 5000 model always appealed to me - the poor man's Autocar?