This giant piece of wheeled machinery, looking very much like an alien beetle, sits perched on a Bellemare trailer at Fairview this evening waiting for midnight.
The International daycab tells me that it will be making "short hops" between layup periods because it may be restricted to certain travel hours.
If anyone can identify it, please let me know!
Thanks to readers, I now know it is the Long-Ma dragon horse (cheval dragon) - a fire breathing animated horse to be used in public performances, for the Canada 150 celebrations. The 45 tonne load took months of planning for its route from Nantes, France to Ottawa, where it will appear July 27 to 30.
There are nuimerous internet references to it, such as this You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQxkVKBp6HY
In hopes of atoning for neglecting this site for the past several months, here is a bit of catch up.
Yes they are rolling again in large numbers. Those European RVs keep arriving in Halifax by ship but I only get to see very few of them. Here is a sampling:
Swiss Dude (who may have a web site - his name is Demian) drives this VW van. Tight quarters inside no matter the raised roof, but being Swiss I guess he has no problem parking on hills.
This Merc from Germany has a very durable looking Wochner RV body. Over the front windshield it says "Xantaro 470 B4 4X4".
This array of ambulance / van conversions is largely self-explanatory:
Malley Industries Inc of Moncton, NB produced this Dodge conversion for Ambulance New Brunswick.
Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth, NS produces ambulances for Nova Scotia EHS on Ford chassis.
Niagara Region runs Mercs with Demers bodies, built in Saskatchewan.
Crestline, also based in Saskatchewan built this unit on a Ford chassis.
Looks like an ambulance but isn't. Ferno uses this Ford to demonstrate ambulance equipment and patient handling devices.
Stryker also produces patient handling equipment. They use this van to promote their product.
Best Looking Truck of the Week
This rig takes the prize this week - in part because of its matching trailer. Also because the driver is still waiting after three days for his load.Likely a piece of farm machinery from a shipment that arrived some time ago - maybe hung up in customs.
Wheeler Trucking of New Lothrop, MI runs this handsome low-rise Volvo. \ Bus a gut
No matter where I was, I could not get a clear shot . Two layers of chain link fence forms a fairly effective filter, but I did see that number 8147 is one of at least three new OC Transpo buses to arrive in the past week.
It appears to be an Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 model, an add on to the 43 similar units in the OC Transpo fleet. Two more are virtually invisible within the confines of the Fairview Cove container terminal.
Globetrotter hitches a ride
A Volvo Globetrotter arrived in port early in the week and waited outside the compound for a time until it was lashed down on its trailer.
Although it looked to be set up as a tractor for a semi-unit, it was fitted with an odd little scissor lift type dump body and was marked "Test Vehicle" in the rear. The contents of the non-IMO container will have to remain a mystery.
Watson keeps on rollin'
There are Watson trucks nearly every week now, hauling Bombardier airplane components.
KW number W3895 sports a non-standard Watson paint job. Watson runs their own escort fleet.
KW 3901 has the traditional mint green name on the cab door.
You have to feel for the driver of this Western Star. With dusting of snow on his drop deck trailer and some snow plastered to the front of his cab, he was in a parking lot this morning - a beautiful sunny day - but with nowhere to go. He will have to wait until Monday morning at the earliest for his load and there could be a couple of feet of new snow before then. Not only will his trailer get a full load of snow, but it may take a while to dig it out (he was in the process of dropping the trailer when I took the photo) and the roads will be miserable too.
The Western Star with impressive moose bar runs for Legacy Express of Woodstock, ON, which probably means he will be picking up a piece of farm machinery imported from Europe.
A construction site near my house has a small fleet of dump trucks carrying away the excavated material. One of the trucks assigned to the job is this all flat black Western Star. It sports the classic Autocar cab, but the wider version, and a pair of massive chrome air cleaners.
Scary - and cross eyed too.
It won't be long before they are pouring concrete, and they may be using one of the several Western Star twin steers from Osco Concrete's Bedford Ready-Mix fleet.
The company just added some 2016 trucks to its 2014 collection.