Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Road trip #2 - Report #1 - Scania, Freightliner

Another road trip through New Brunswick to Quebec last weekend turned up some more interesting finds.

I finally managed to stop in time to catch the famed Scania water truck, almost three years to the day after seeing it for the first time: (July 3, 2102 to July 6, 2015.)

This vintage beast, certainly the only one in eastern Canada, continues to work for Maritime Road Recycling of Moncton, but works all over New Brunswick. http://maritimegroup.ca/index.html

These trucks were imported into the US for a time but are rarely seen in Canada.

I also keep turning up Freightliner COEs - I missed at least wo at high speed, but managed to find one standing still and one barely moving:

This one has been carefully fitted out with a lot of extra chrome, but looks ready for some repainting on the flat front. Its long wheelbase suggests a western origin.

Now working for All Set Transport of Grand Falls, NB, this long wheelbase unit may have been another western unit or even a Manitoulin Transport unit. If the latter, it has had its second steering axle removed, which might explain the gap under the sleeper.
More July 13
I heard from the owner of this rig who tells me it is a 2007 Argosy with a Detroit engine, 18 speed transmission and 3.90 rears, originally ordered through the dealer in Sault Ste.Marie, ON. The truck was on the return leg of a very long haul carrying a John Deere 350G from the factory in North Carolina to Goose Bay, Labrador - a trip just shy of 2,000 miles (3200 km) one way!
1116 km of that is from Baie Comeau north through Labrador City and and east over the Trans Labrador Highway through Churchill Falls - have a look:
and more here:
I spotted the truck coming off the ferry at Rivière-du-Loup, QC on his return.

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