Continuing Trucking in Western Australia
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.
Cheers. Dags the Drover