Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Old and New

Peering in through the fences and into the parking lots at both ends of Halifax today, I was rewarded with views of the old and the new.

At Halterm container terminal in the south end, this new truck had arrived by rail and hadn't been unloaded yet.

Hyduke Energy Services Inc of Edmonton, designs, builds and services all kinds of gear for well driving all around the world. They build for harsh environments including tropical and arctic.

Meanwhile in the north end at the Fairview Cove terminal this ancient Bucyrus-Erie crane sits on a float trailer.

 Bucyrus Steam Shovel Co and Erie Steam Shovel Co merged in 1923, and the name was prominent in mining, construction, dredging and other shovel type work, eventually taking over Ohio based rival Marion in 1997. Through several ups and downs, the company was bought out by Caterpillar in 2011 but still exists. The 71-B model, one of its most popular, dates from the 1950s and 1960s.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

White Freightliner

The agreement between Freightliner Corp and the White Motor Co, in which White marketed Freightliner trucks under the brand name "White Freightliner" ended in 1974.
Therefore to see a White Freightliner on the road 40 years later came as a bit of a shock this morning.

T.J.Mills Express of Lower Sackville, NS had this truck at the Halterm container terminal today, bearing a White Freightliner badge.  How much of the truck aside from the cab dates from 1974 would be interesting to know. Freightliner cabs were built of riveted aluminum, and thus light weight and long lived.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Winnebago bravely soldiers on and on and on...........

This Winnebago Brave has been trundling around the streets of Halifax for the last little while. Wearing New Brunswick plates, the rig looks like the product of a time warp.

Originally based on a Dodge Chassis, Winnebago defined the self-propelled motorhome.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Western Stars

There are lots of Western Stars on the road, and I seem to be seeing more of them. Here are some recent pics:

Low profile straight truck with stinger type autorack runs for Oakwood Transport of Ingersoll, ON.

The W4900 Star has a low rise, extended sleeper and those smaller side windows in the doors.

Delivering a crawler backhoe (in the pouring rain) didn't strain this Star.

Lots of chrome on this Cat powered Star, which appears to be working for Dexter Construction.

Daycab Star hauls this mammoth four axle tanker to service stations.

A ground level view makes the trailer look a lot smaller.

At Joe Johnson Equipt this brand new Western Star looks ready to go to work.

Nearby at Pardy's this Western Star with Imperial pumping equipment (also from Joe Johnson) stands alone in white amongst a group of Western Stars (and a lone cornbinder) in company colours.   

This impressive "pump and pup" is the first such arrangement I have seen in this area. The pumping gear comes from Presvac.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Some oldies still on the road

Lots of old trucks are still on the road, although their days may be numbered.

Today I spotted a pair of dump trucks that will be exported out of Canada, initially to the UK, but perhaps that is not their final destination.
 This ca. 1981 Jimmy fires up on the first crank, and is quite sound despite a rough appearance.

Mid 90s Western Star with A'car cab also fired up immediately.

Both trucks came out of the Ritchie Bros auction in Truro, NS,  and were delivered by a very handsome Peterbilt, which I will post at a later date.