Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time marches on

A couple of Freightliners gave Halifax a blast from the past today:

The 2006 Freightliner carries a Jardine Transport sign on its door, but its black and orange colour scheme indicate that  it is a former Day and Ross rig. D+R used to market them selves as "The Big Orange", but they have lost that name and no longer bother to paint their trucks in anything but factory "refrigerator" white.
Jardine on the other hand, a small but significant operator from Fredericton, NB since 1978, may soon be sprouting new colours. The company has just been sold to Seafort Capital of Halifax and might be expected to become more visible in the flatbed and drop deck market.

Jardine may move to fill some of the gap left by the unfortunate failure of Ken Giberson Transport Ltd of Miramichi, NB. The company, founded in 1967, went into receivership in February and its fleet of trucks and trailers was sold to Maynard Industries and offered for sale at auction June16.

Giberson trucks were always painted a distinctive blue with neat white lettering. At the end the fleet consisted of about twenty 2012 International ProStars, all with about 500,000 kms on them, and

several cannibalized veterans of previous years, mostly Freightliners, but some Kenworths. The auction ad called them "salvage units". There were also 30 dry vans, 50 container chassis and some flat decks on sale at the auction. (Above photos taken June 20, so some of the trucks may already have been driven away.)

Another Freightliner was a blast from the past today as it stood by at the Petro-Canada Petro-Pass cardlock in Burnside:
A vintage Freightliner COE with high rise sleeper and drom box. COEs and droms, once a common sight, are now fairly rare birds, but are making a comeback.

This one has been extensively rebuilt/customized with a lot of lighting, chrome trim, and even modern mirrors installed on reinforced door panels. It operates for Nahorniak Service Inc of Saskatoon, SK.


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