Continuing Trucking in Western Australia

Heading 100 k's out  Bandya Station Road East of Laverton W.A.
Heading 100 k's out Bandya Station Road East of Laverton W.A.

Different types of truck in W.A.

The truck I drive in W. A. is the smallest type of semi trailer found on the road here. It consists of a boggie drive prime mover coupled to a single triaxle trailer which can carry a pay load of about 23 tonnes.

Our fleet is a specialized transport fleet so the goods we carry are contained within the shipping containers fixed to the flat top trailers.

However, many of the the trucks I pass and that pass me, carry what is know in the trade as "general freight" because they carry....... well..... general freight! Also transport operators can be permitted to pull more than one trailer on certain roads with a permit for that vehicle and that road.

So, here in W.A., because the distances are so vast, most transport companies pull triple road trains of general freight to provide economies of scale and convenience to their clients, who overwhelmingly, are mining companies in the never never!

The following video is one such triple who just happended to appear just as I was doing the dusting off the wheels thing! Fortuitously, I was stopped and was able to quite safely grab the camera and catch him as he steamed past. Out on the open road, I usually need or at least feel more secure with two hands on the wheel to keep my rig straight while we pass at 100 clicks on the bitumen with only a foot or so between us!

Also, we meet a lot of big machinery moving around the country on low loaders, platforms etc with pilot vehicle escorts, and some times police escort, if the load is really heavy or extra wide.

I've included here a video of such a wide load here. The first escort vehicle had gone past by the time I was able to turn the camera on, but we get the main action. I descibe the machines as cranes as they were coming towards me however, on closer inspection they were in fact very large, as in 75 to 100 tonne excavtors. Also at least one of the low loaders was what is called a platform rather than a heavy duty low loader which is still bascially a conventional semi trailer. A platform is what is says. A heavy steel platform with rows of wheels under it to share and spread the weight more evenly over the surface of the road to avoid doing damage to either the road surface or foundation. Look for the numerous rows of wheels under both wide loads.

Enjoy

Cheers. Dags the Drover

Triple road-train

Passing a wide load

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U Neek 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

I haven't driven a semi but I have experienced the terror of a passing eighteen wheeler which seemed to be sucking our RV right off the road. Hair raising! Interesting too is the fact that our family used to run a trucking company. More parallels in our opposite hemisphere worlds! Great hub dags.


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dags the drover 5 years ago from still lost in Western Australia Author

HI U Neek, great to read of your exploits and family connections. We used to have our own trucks years ago. Now, I don't have to pay the tyre and fuel bills but enjoy getting paid to drive for one of the industry leaders in our country. I've been driving a 4 year old Kenworth T404, but next week I get to get into a 3 month old Kenworth T408. I just love it. thanks for reading cheers dags


Carlos Tyler 5 years ago

Thank you for this article. Trucking is misunderstood by the public. All posts that will help spread information and reality about transportation are very important. Carry on the great work!


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dags the drover 5 years ago from still lost in Western Australia Author

Hi Carlos, I find driving a truck is a lot of fun. I see so much from the air-con comfort of my little Kenny T408. I was at a mine site the other day where they pull 7 (as in seven!!) trailers with one prime mover... amazing. Unfortunately I was not able to get any photos as I was concentrating on my job at the time. Cheers Dags

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