Monday, April 14, 2014

Professionals Big Rig Day Palmerston North (2)

NZ Army MAN HX32.440 has a tare weight of around 19 tonnes and appears to carry some form of folding bridge apparatus.
Touches of black paint makes this dog look a bit evil.
2006 Mack CX688RS Vision.
McIntosh's big Terex crane weighs in at around 72 tonnes.
Although these days PTS carries almost anything, they originally started by carrying tractors and farm machinery.
2012 Freightliner Argosy TSB.
DAFs sales have certainly made headway in NZ.
2013 DAF XF105 in stock truck form.
For a couple of dollars kids could have a go at digger driving.
Even those who struggled with the task grinned from ear to ear.
Another PTS rig. A Caterpillar CT630 of 2013 vintage.
Grill treatment on this Western Star resembles a Peterbilt at first glance.
Small rig rides were almost as popular as the bigger versions.
Maskill's Kenworth K108 returns from another kid's trip.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Professionals Big Rig Day, Palmerston North (1)

Today I attended the Big Rigs Day at Palmerston North. The day is geared towards kids and all profits go to child cancer sufferers. All events were either $2 or a gold coin donation (that's $1 or$2 for those not familiar with NZ currency).Lots of smiling kids and a lot of smiling big kids too (me included).
2008 International 9800 tries to hide behind a tree.
Two 8 wheeler Mack Granites and a Western Star.
Western Star 4884FX of Hall's Refrigerated hit the roads in 2011.
PTS Logistics Caterpillar unloads another grinning kid.
This Mack R685RST originally went on the road for Waikato Bitumen in 1973.
In 2009 it was restored to brand new condition by Motor Truck Distributors, who assembled it  in the first place.
Motor Truck Distributors also restored this V8 Superliner in 2012, which originally went on the road for Lynden Transport in 1986
Even the interior of the R series is back to new... is the inside of the Superliner.
Mack Granite 8 wheeler of 2013 manufacture.
2008 Mack CL688RST Trident.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Low Loaders

With the postponement of the Wellington Truck Show and the terribly wet weather we seem to have experienced since we "switched off" daylight saving, I haven't snapped any trucks lately. So here are a few from my collection of low loaders, mostly from unidentified snappers.
C.D.R. Heavy Haulage of Sheffield use a single axle dolly to share some of the load on the back of their Volvo F12.
S106 Foden of Essexcare Trenching Ltd.
MAN 22.463 twin steer of H.M.Transport of Bridgwater, Somerset.
J.B. Rawcliffe and Sons of Mawdesley in Lancashire are heavy haulage specialists.
This R143 Scania is pulling a full low loader trailer (as opposed to a semi) and as there doesn't appear to be a ballast box as such, I suspect the trailer is designed to hydraulically exert pressure onto the Scania's driving wheels.
Restored Guy Big J4T.
The Guy Big  J series was developed after Guy was taken over by Jaguar in 1961. They were offered in a wide variety of wheelbases in 4, 6 and 8 wheelers with many engine options, including the 180 Gardner as in this example.
The Big Js were released in 1964, but in 1966 Jaguar ,merged with BMC (British Motor Corporation) to form BMH (British Motor Holdings) which in turn merged with Leyland in 1968. This became BLMC (British Leyland Motor Corporation) and was the beginning of the end for the Big J. The Big J with its Motor Panels cab was a well designed and practical truck for its time, but with Leyland already marketing trucks under the brands of AEC, Albion and its own name, the Big J was not required and the famous name (which had been around since 1914) was "killed off".
Another Rawcliffe rig. This time a Volvo F12 Globetrotter with a 4 axle semi-trailer and a single axle dolly taking its share of the load.
One of my own photos; Alpha Specialised Movers' Marmon with one of their house moving semis, snapped in Carterton.
Another local photo. A very rare (for NZ) Kenworth T2000 of Fulton Hogan's Pavement Division in the car park of the Copthorne Solway Park Motor Inn in Masterton.
Back to the UK for this last pic of a Scania R143M of McVeigh Transport with a lifting rear axle on the low loader.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Trucks Around Palmerston North

2009 Freightliner Argosy TSB of the NZL Group.
STL's Kenworth K104 from 1999.
MTD's yard had Macks to the max.....
....and Volvos as well, including.... FMX model which is designed specifically for the construction industry, with its increased ground clearance and extra protective items to take the knocks and bumps..
Latest model FH Volvo demonstrator, ready to show potential buyers.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Up, Up and Away

For my 60th birthday last year, my girls and their partners bought me a free trial helicopter flight where you get a go at the controls.With 12 months to use it and my 61st approaching fast, this weekend was the time to make a trip to Palmerston North and get it done.
In the hot seat ready to fly the Hughes 300.
Lift off.
Oops! pilot slightly out of shot shows how low flying along the river is done.
Watch those wires.
Banking to the right at about 700ft.
Wife awaits with the other camera.
About to touch down again.
Made it.

The flight was amazing. First time in a helicopter and I am just awestruck by their manoeuvrability. Watching from the ground doesn't give you the full story. As a helicopter pilot I must admit I'm completely useless.Trying to co-ordinate left hand, right hand, left foot and right foot in a machine which is inherently unstable, was just too much for me in a 20 minute flight. I think it would take me several hours to feel anywhere near confident. Pilot, Chris, was great. Trying to hover just two metres off the ground I got all wobbly and thought I was going to do some ploughing with the rotors, but Chris calmly said "I've got it" and brought it all smooth and level in a split second.
My "crap" abilities aside it would have to be the most enjoyable flight I've ever had in any aircraft.
I would love to go for a longer flight, but definitely leave the controls to those who know what they are doing.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mayoral Carriage

You might expect the mayor of a town the size of  Masterton to move about in a rather fancy car, but Lyn Patterson  (who was elected to the position last October) still relies on her Morrie she has had for many years.
Although it looks as they it may have recently been given a new coat of paint.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Recently, Mike sent me these photos taken from where he lives on the Kapiti coast.
You can't beat a sunset over the sea.