Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Watson reunion - updated 2014-04-04

Ever since a large shipment of steel fabrications arrived by sea April 18 trucks from Transport Watson and Mills Heavy Hauling have been shuttling the loads to Port Daniel, QC for the McInnis cement plant that is under construction.
Up until now it has been a pair or two Watson trucks at a time:
Unit W3864 is a typical Watson Kenworth, with set-back front axle and low rise sleeper. (April 24)

W3900 features a gold stripe - something new for Watson. It also has a single stack and enclosed air cleaners. (April 24)

But today was a bonanaza with at least a dozen all getting ready to leave town after midnight when the width restrictions are lifted in town.

In addition to the usual KWs, there were also a Volvo with lowrise sleeper - number W3905

Parent company Robert also had a couple of their Volvos, not to mention an unusual International with Watson markings (W2892) on a blue background. Several other Watsons were lurking nearby including W2885 a white painted Kenworth.

There was also a service vehicle on hand, taking advantage of the wait to perfom maintenenace on several of the trucks.It is marked for parent company Robert, with Watson and Transport Rollex, Roberet's hazardous materials and waste division.

The convoy did not roll out last night after all. They were still in place this morning, with some shuffling around.

W2885 is one of the white painted KWs in the fleet.

Most of the trucks are kitted out with a tool box/headache rack and sometimes a ladder too.

This evening the trucks connected up to their loads and at least some of them appeared to be getting ready to roll.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


EHS (Emergency Health Services) is the provider of ambulance services in Nova Scotia. They use a standardized Ford E-350 with Tri-Star modular body, and there is little variation between front line ambulances. Incidentally the ambulances are leased from Tri-Star. On completion of the lease each one is refurbed and exported.
Tri-Star Industries Ltd, located in Yarmouth, NS, builds ambulances and other vehicles that are used around the world. https://tri-star.ca/

There  is also variety of ancillary vehicles, but the ones closest resembling regular ambulances are Patient Transfer Units. They do not have the same red lights, but the modular body is similar.

In the last few days I have seen a different ambulance, and this one is built on a Freightliner crew cab chassis with Tri-Star body. Numbered CC1, it is classed as a Critical Care Transport, but has been pressed into service with the LifeFlight helicopter service.

There are helicopter pads on the roofs of the IWK Health Centre (women's and children's hospital) and the Halifax Infirmary of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre (general hospital). However if weather conditions or other circumstances do not permit roof landings, there is a ground pad between Point Pleasant Park and the Halterm container terminal.

Since April 1, the current EHS LifeFlight Sikorsky helicopter has been forbidden from using the roof top pads due to lack of certification and it will have to be replaced. In the meantime (up to 9 months) it will be using the Point Pleasant pad.

The Critical Care Transport CC1 is being used as the shuttlke ambulance between the helo pad and the hospitals (a trip estimated by the press as 15 minutes - but I reckon to be closer to 10 or less)

Equipped with a suite of shrieking electronic sirens and flashing lights, it is without doubt the most visible and audible ambulance in Nova Scotia. (The red roof strobes were too fast for my camera.)
Amid all the white reefer boxes in the container terminal this one does stand out.


Except for on board equipment and doors, Patient Transport Units are essentially the same as regular ambulances. Aside for the red lights on the ambulances, it is hard to tell them apart from a distance.
(PTU at left, 400 series Ambulance at right)

Older PTUs had a sheet metal cab extension. Although the panel followed the contours of the cab door, it may have been a Tri-Star add-on.

The 300 series ambulances are gradually being replaced with 400s.

Sikorsky S-76A wears call letters C-GIMN and dates from 1980.

Wedged in between the Halterm container terminal (right) and Point Pleasant Park and surrounded by power lines, the pad is also right on the shoreline. I doubt that it will be tenable in some of the fog condiotns we get in June and July. In this 2015 photo an ambulance waits at the gate for the helo to land.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ford Transit Euro Style

This geriatric Ford RV showed up today, apparently from Belgium.

What appears to be a 1980s era European Ford Transit Mark II (1978-1986) has a slightly droopy bunk over the cab - time for diet? - and some duct tape repairs. According to waht I can learn this particular model was a manufactured in Genk, Belgium, Southampton, Amsterdam, Turkey and New Zealand.

The well traveled truck has a sticker from Finland over its Ford monogram. It appears that the mongram was relocated from the grille, which is probably why it is crooked.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Straight Petes

Long known for their big highway tractors, Peterbilt (part of Pacific Car and Foundry along with Kenworth) has expanded its range to include a range of vocational, and smaller straight trucks of all sorts.

Just by chance I have seen a couple of stylish straight Petes recently.

A nice change from the usual vanilla (like the generic lease Freightliner next to it) this Pete tandem with reefer body is probably a fish carrier. Its large fuel tank suggests long fast runs to the markets.

This Pete is operated by a company that makes automated medication dispensing systems. Based in Longueil, QC the company manufactures, delivers and installs its equipment throughout North America. The equipment certainly travels in style.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Volvo moves out

After sitting ona Halifax pier for several weks after arriving by ship, this big Volvo aerial device finally moved today, when it was loaded aboard a rail car.

As previously reported, http://truckfax.blogspot.ca/2016/04/more-euro-trucks.html, Janneniska is a Finnish copmany that rents aerial devices. This one is fitted with a Bronto Skylift for servicing wind turbines.


Friday, April 22, 2016

HLVW surplus wrecker

Someone has acquired a surplus Canadian military wrecker. The HLVW, based on the Austrian Steyr Percheron, and devloped as the UTDC 24M32 has been in service since 1990, with some 1200 vehicles of its class with many variants. The heavy 6x6 can also operate as a 6x4 for highway travel.
See more at: http://www.military-today.com/trucks/hlvw.htm

Sydia Bros. Enterprises Ltd of Lloydminster, AB sent their KW dolly / float to pick up the truck which probably came out of Newfoundland.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cars to go

Halifax's Autoport brings in foreign cars by ship then distributes them by rail and truck. There is also a large car auction business just outside Halifax and that puts more cars on trucks for wider distribution.

A tiny fraction of the thousands of new cars that are awaiting prep and delivery at Autoport, with another ship ready to unload more.

Most of the imports go out by train, but some impatient owners arrange for truck transport, particularly for high end Audis, BMWs and Mercedes.

Driver Can Transport, based in Waterloo, QC, SE of Montreal, is one of many companies providing  specialty auto transport service. http://drivercantransport.com/about-driver-can-transport/

Many auto racks these days are hauled by straight trucks with  a "stinger" hitch which allows for a much lower chassis. This one can carry a small car on the lower level of the tractor.

Eastcan Trasnport Services Ltd of St.John's runs this Western Star with an extended sleeper.

 Some cars get to ride in enclosed comfort such as those carried by Boychuk Ventures Inc of  Edmonton, AB and Phoenix, AZ.

Boychuk also likes the extended sleeper on its pinstriped Kenworth. Auto transport is only one of the specialized services offered by the company. http://www.boychuk.net/

Perhaps your vehicle doesn't warrant such careful treatment (because it may be too late!) In which case a drop deck should do the trick.

A long hood KW with painted moose bars takes a break at the Irving Big Stop at Enfield.

Akita Equipment and Autocarriers seems to do double duty from its St.John's, NL base, hauling machinery one way and backhauling vehicles. http://akitaequipment.com/