Sunday, July 23, 2017


It is summer and this hard to find time to post regularly. I will be off on my usual road trip in August, so posts may be rare until September.

Some recent spottings:

Parts for Trucks in Burnside had this spotless Sterling outside their repair bay. Painted in traditional Day + Ross "big orange" colours, I hope to see it on parade duty somewhere this summer.

Mercedes Unimog fitted with van body, in military colours but Netherlands plate (HH XL 1300),

Out to pasture, this "Never Back Down" version Western Star, appears to be the same one I saw at  the Atlantic Truck Show in Moncton in June, but is now at the Western Star dealer in Dartmouth.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Waht Am I

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:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Atlantic Truck Show 2017

The place to be to see the big rigs was the Atlantic Truck Show at the Moncton Colosseum, June 10 and 11. My flying visit June 11 took in most of the sights. Some highlights:

The Freightliner Western /Star display took up most of the ice surface area, but there was much more to see in other halls.

Western Star
Celebrating is 50th anniversary, Western Star pulled out the stops and brought in some stunning looking trucks.
The Bandit 5700XE stood tall next to its more traditional stable mate.

Wedged into a tight corner Big Red 6900XD deserved more space and more attention.

 Larochelle used a Western Star to carry its plow and spreader body.

The other part of Daimler Trucks North America was also front and centre:

Their new Cascadia model shared the stage with several other models.

 Volvo certainly put on a shine show, but it seemed to me that they devoted more space to their other brand:


Although not part of the Volvo Mack stand, this interesting unit was also on display: 

 Beautifully restored 1947 Mack stake side was a marked contrast to the big rigs.


Kenworths were shoehorned in but impressive even so.

Navistar International

There were lots of Internationals at the show, but almost all of them had their hoods open  when I was there, so were not photo'd.

A few other eye poppers stood out:

 A pristine GMC, complete with chrome grille was a reminder of  days gone by. 

 Autocar's history since the bankruptcy of White Motor Co in 1980 has been quite different from Western Star, but at least the name is still around.


Friday, June 9, 2017

It's all down hill from here and other Vantastic tales

In hopes of atoning for neglecting this site for the past several months, here is a bit of catch up.

Euro RVS
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".

Vantastic Conversions
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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't get around much anymore

Winter conditions have restricted Truckfax's movements of late. However the winter conditions don't seem to bothering others too much, particularly those intrepid European RVers.

Perhaps it is a sign of spring (despite last night's heavy wet snow, and more tonight) that the first wave of foreign RVs have begun to arrive.

This Toyota Land Cruiser still has some yellow shipping stickers, signifying an arrival in the past few days.

Also not intimidated by the snow and slush, this couple decided not to hire a truck for a furniture move.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snowy Star

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.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Scary Star and Big Star

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.