Actros In Depth

The two Actros - designated 4151K - have a 4.5 m wheelbase and have specially-ordered heavy-duty tipper chassis fitted with Mercedes V8 Bluetcc Euro 5 engines rated at 510 bhp. They are topped by air-conditioned, high-roof sleeper cabs finished in durable Construction Trim. A Bluetooth radio CD mobie phone package aids driver comfort. The much-modified vehicles have a 120 tonne gtw capability, but Rhodes will operate them inder STGO 2 regulations allowing a maximum gtw of 80 tonnes. A key...

Missile Systems

A 537A cargo ballast tractor wlh generator foi powemg-up missile trailer electrical systems 13. Doing its bit on United Mations dement after the breakup of the USSR 14. Wx*J H& S allow this in the UK The crane unit rests on a (blly and the fifth wheel 15. Seen here with an Arrtonov Arv2 (backbone of USSR backfends air transput), -5371 can taw aircraft weighing up to 200 tonnes Desert nr northern European writer, the big MAZ 8x8s are equally at home The transfer box has two speeds, with...

Next Issue On Sale January 13 2011

It pays dividends to help agency drivers note was left on my steering wheel on my return from a week's holiday. It read I thought it was a copy of Wetland Peace you'd left, but it was spot on. Thanks. I admit 1 do leave a bit more than a basic scrawled note for the driver covering for me while I am away asking to keep the vehicle clean and leave the tank full. On the seat will be a double-sided, laminated sheet written with stuff I think the temporary driver will need to do my 'hi> job. Mind...

Photography Andy Turnbul

Russell Murison has been driving trucks for 50 years and he plans to retire some day -but not to stop driving. Instead he wants to tour Australia with his car and caravan to see the places he had to pass by as a truck driver. Tve been everywhere except Tasmania, he says, but I always had a load and never had time to stop. When I'm retired I'll be able to take my time, and see it all properly Now 64-years-old, Russell has a bit of a limp because he had tuberculosis in his hip when he was seven....

Photography Rick Waterson

ite & ie BimSMg & Fuiteo j, MaBS ttimf trM seconds ahead of Stuart Oliver the following day. The weekend's two cup races count towards the Delphi British Truck Racing championship, and both saw some of the weekend's closest racing. Levett and Oliver took first and second respectively in the BTRA rankings, with Mat Summerfield collecting the third of the British championship trophies on Saturday. In Class 'B' it was Graham Powell who took the honours on Saturday with Andy Lovenberry in...

Shaving Weight

I Shift saves 70 kg in weight compared to a conventional 14-speed splitter because it has no crawlers and synchromesh rings. This sort of weight red jction allows Volvo to optimise the FM range with further weight-saving features, such as an 11-litre engine, and lightweight pusher axle to produce a cost effective lightweight tractor aimed at operations where maximum payload is critical such as bulk tanker and tipper operators. underpowered ISO bhp Gardner engines, the lucky elite were enjoying...

Volvo Fh16600

His year we have quite a variety of vehicles all shapes and sizes for a change. All modem trucks drive well - the amount of physical effort required is a fraction compared to trucks of just 10 or 15 years ago - but we can't help feel that many new vehicles are becoming a bit uninvolved'. By this, 1 mean the absence of virtually any real engine noise combined with automated gearboxes and EBS brakes that make them stop nearly as well as a car, makes things all very different. Of course, this is...

Revealed

Developmental and prototype designs are also unveiled at DVD, The visual cartxncle that is Universal Engineering's Ranger looks wrong Well Ranger's manufacturer positively oozes enthusiasm for it, and there is no doubting diat on papx-r it bristles with technology. However, it really just doesn't look right And on die subject of just not looking right, the Total Mobility Vehicle TMV test bed is a design that failed the aesthetics test The displayed example was sporting Tarian, an interesting...

Scania R560 Volvo Fh16 600

Scania Volvo

Ur final Trial of 2010 involved a pair of relatively ligh-power tractor units from the old foes Volvo and Scania. The Euro 4 R560 Topline was a tag-axle powered by the 550 bhp version of the well-proven V8, driving through a direct-top Opticruise gearbox and retarder, plus the spacious Topline cab. The. truck was purchased as a cost-effective cancelled order and was used fcr long-distance international haulage. The Dig Volvo was also specified for die same type of work and bought as an ex-stock...

Fabulous Forklifts

Forklift Stepframe Trailer

Va'ious mechanical handling devices have had a tremendous mpact on truck drivers lives in the last four or five decades, none more so that theforklrft truok. Older drivers will remember the sheer back-breaking slog of handballing a 20-tonne load of bags, boxes or whatever in the pre-palletsed age. which took forever and wore people out in double-qu ck time. Early forklift trucks made a real difference, vehicles could be turned around far quicker and drivers spent mere time driving. This,...

Illustraion Steve Shaw

Iter my years in the traffic office and a few trips on the road displaying Z plates, I left Dad transport. In fact, a more accurate description would be us because a big rational operation undercut us and put me out of a job. A friend suggested I join the police, so I appliec. Much to my surprise I was recruited - and more After years on the beat I applied to join the traffic department, and when I mentioned my experience in transport a white cap was quickly mine. Litde tilings jog old...

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Mcgawn Bros

1st BH Cecil 2nd McGawn Bros 3rd WJ Herron 017he Graintnttcr is the narro of this 6x2 FH operated by Siltoth haulier M amp N Gamer 02 Very tidy MAN six-wheeler ftted with Fass craie belongs to Cra Duncan of Morven 03 Tippers can look smart too - JB Transport of Chryston showed off this customised Scania 94 04 Attention to detait RC Rotinson's gorgeois F16 gets the under cab treatment 05 Celebrating 75 years in business. Pollock brought old and new togetfer with an ERF in the original livery...

Search Impex Limited

M rl VHi ln Oiw.ng your ImIwm Icnrirt A few issues ago, I picked upon a mistake in a picture in your Big Deal article concerning Wessex Vehicle Services' l eco race transporter, which had its vehcle height set to 17-plus ft Trucking, August issue . Well. I was just reading the November issue and I noticed a very interesting feature on the CF85 in Truck on Trial. At the top of page 46, there's a picture of the DAF tractor on its own and the caption reads Rear axle has load transfer and full lift...

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Scania R580 Monster Moves

WE TEST DRIVE IVECO'S UPGRADED EIROCARGOS lu.fioimn 11 luinyuu aralysed tocho rophi into or rivaluobte management to You get so much more than just tachograph analysis when you use Tachomaster. Do you realise thct your tachographs can show you how you're using your drivers and vehicles Using your cnalysec information, Tachomaster s comprehensive management reports, including driver amp vehicle utilisation and vehicle timelines, let you see how you're using your resources and help you to plan...

Photography Shaun Connors

Defence Vehicles Dynamics DVD is an annual defence exhibition helc in the UK at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. The main difference between DVD and pretty much every ether defence exhibition is that vehicle exhibitors are actively encouraged to demonstrate their vehicles on the purpose-designed test tracks at the venue. Not everything moves of course, but most of what does is available to ride in, and in some instances driving is permitted, making DVD without doubt tha highlight...

Wrings Transport February 2010 No 308

Wrings Transport

RENAULT MIDLUM 220.18 vs MAN TGM 18.240 asy Load has featured in numerous Truck on Ttial features in the past, and circumstances meant we made two trips to its Dartford base this year The first was to try out two of the company's 5x4 tractors that pull large ejector trailers to transport waste from the firms recycling operation to landfill sites. This intensive operation takes its toll on bo trucks and fuel consumption. The V8-powered Actros replaced an older 480 model that had given good...

East European Operations

Richardson Heavy Haulage

Albania 10 Kosovo amp Macedonia 10 Run time 103 minutes each Director Dave Spencer Web www.pmpfilms.com Email dave pmpvkleo.fsnet.co.uk Price 12.00 inc P amp P Two DVDs released by PMP Transport films are likely to cppcal to the die-hard enthusiast who just can't get enoudi of trucks. The first is of trucks filmed in Albania, the second in Kosovo and Macedonia. Both however follow , the same theme filmed from a W static position. Basically, what the cameraman-in this case filmed and produced by...

Wynnstay Group August 2010 No 315

Merc Axor Subframe

RENAULT PREMIUM LANDER 410.32 vs MAN TGS 32.400 few years have passed since we last visited Llansantfraid-ym-Mechan to look at a pair of trucks from the Wynnstay fleet. The company has a wide range of activities in the agricultural and rural sector, with many of its fleet devoted to delivering animal feed from its own mils to customers over a wide area. Narrow country roads and difficult farm accesses are all part of the job, and despite an increasing tise of steer-axle artics, the 8x4 rigid is...

Rhodes Control

The late Arthur Rhodes founded the family haulage firm back in 1965 and the present group of companies, which comprises A Rhodes Haulage Ltd White Rose Transport Ltd and Grange Cabins LLP, are all headed by MD and son of Arthur, John Rhodes. John's son Martin heads White Rose Transport operations, while his brother, Paul, who only joined the family concern 14 months ago, works alongside transport director, Jon Prankitt. Using bigger and heavier vehicle-mounted cranes has been an important part...

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Changing Times

' Forklift trucks themselves have changed out of all mmrecognition from the early machines. Now they SfaateaHBBS w i come in all shapes, sizes and capacrties from faygy TtLJfrBSgfip1 l straightforward counterbalance trucks powered by LfcjJif - 3 diesel, electric or gas. to specialist ult'a high-reach flrlCf machines used in automated warehouses and the L-A ' HKst. ultra heavywe'9ht container material handlers that GSh IlB - can Irft in excess of 50 tonnes. Gomewhat ironically forklift trucks...

Ems

The Long Haul Pioneers Ashley CoghH In this bock Ashley Coghill celeorates Astran arid its drivers. He has interviawed many of the people involved, incljcSnq one ol the company's founders. There are m ni-biographes of Astrar's drivers arri sub-contracto-s. An abundance of tine photographs continues throjgh Ashley s descriptions of the earty, middle and later years of Astran, Hardback bock. 320 pages, inc. 345 ptatos. 29.95 CP Productions A collection of five archive fims feat jring tho men and...

Photography Hardstaff

Hardstaff Lorry

It sounds like a good name for a transport company, implying such qualities as dependability, solidity and commitment. And while East Midlands-based Hardstaff undoubtedly embodies such virtues, there is a lot more to tliis innovative enterprise than simply moving freight. The company's beginnings are conventional enough, delivering wares to wNottingham markets and shifting agricultural produce. When the gypsum mines opened at the end of the 19th century, Hardstaffs horse-drawn cans...

The Flying Dutchman

England Haulage

Ferry crossings to the UK are an all-to-real feature of Sebastiaan Klerks' trucking life German, French and Italian, but my English is best ' Living in Nootdorp with his girlfriend, Sebastiaan drives for Mera Trans a fresh fruit, vegetable and flower transport specialist based in Waddinxveen, which, like his hone town, is situated on the outskirts of Rotterdam. The UK has become a regular destination for Sebastiaan since he decided to become a truck driver diree years ago. I was previously a...

Hx77

Man 8x8 Bundeswehr Hx81

This HX77 is distinctly different from UK-spec vehicles. It sits on bigger 1600R 20 tyres UK SVs are MOOR 20 which have a central tyre inflation system CTIS , and the UK-standard 12-speed MAN TipMatic gearbox is replaced by a ZF Powershift fully automatic gearbox. The German Bundeswehr is rather slowly renewing its tank transporter fleet, and around four years ago and following the elimination of Iveco and Mercedes-Benz, MAN was selected to supply the new tractor unit. TWo HX81 8x8 tractor...

Photography Richard Simpson

Darlington Vosa Test Station

O e trucks than ever before are passing their annual Ministry tests first-time, according to figures from VOSA. The 2009 10 Effectiveness report from the Vehicle amp Operator Service Agency indicates that while the British haulage industry is running fewer and olcer vehicles, they are being presented for testing in better condition than ever before, since figures were first published in 1992. VOSA figures show the nurrber of vehicles presen.ed for annual test fell by 4.2 per cent compared to...

Making Progress

The Low Carbon Vehicle conference has come on in leaps and bounds in just a matter of a few years measure of how quickly technology is developing, as this year's LCV conference was a very different animal from the original edition in 2008. Back then the distinctly eco-emphasis was on batteries and electric power, but within two years progress with various types of hybrid trucks means even heavy goods fleet managers are starting to take notice. The gathering is organised by Cenex, the government...