Detroit DD15 Powered Road train

Detroit DD15 Powered Road train Words and photography by Howard Shanks Fuel economy is one of the more pleasing attributes that many operators report from their DD15 engines and that’s closely followed by reliability. They are the primary reasons why Hawkins Road Transport specified a Detroit DD15 to power their new 4900 Western Star for…

Fuso Canter 4×4 Field Review

Fuso Canter 4×4 Field Review Words and Photography by Howard Shanks When it comes to specifying a vehicle to run in the remote west coast of Tasmania where the terrain is arguably the most inhospitable and rugged wildness in the land, the choice is limited. However Fuso’s Canter FG 4×4 is one vehicle that’s more…

The Riverview Run

The Riverview Run Words and Photography by Howard Shanks. The roads in far northwest Queensland are arguably some of the toughest in the world and that’s because they’re damn rough with deep river crossings often inhabited by dangerous crocodiles that lurk near the banks, yet for Hintz Livestock Transport and their 6900 Western Star it’s…

Hook, Line & Sinker – Kenworth T909 review

Hook, Line & Sinker – Kenworth T909 review Words and photos by Howard Shanks Hobart based Dillon Transport rely on Kenworth truck’s enviable and proven reputation for reliability for their sensitive live fish transport operation in southern Tasmania, as Howard Shanks discovered. Our love of and demand for salmon has risen exponentially in past decades…

Trucking in 40-Below

It is midwinter in Northwest Canada where temperatures can drop to 40 below making it dangerous to leave any patch of skin uncovered. Yet it is only in midwinter when these gargantuan loads can be shifted as Howard Shanks discovered. At Dacro Industries Ltd in Edmonton, Alberta, it is a little after dark. Half a…

‘Ore-some’ Azmeb Quad Road Train

‘Ore-some’ Azmeb Quad Road Train Words and photos by Howard Shanks. Heading up the Lynd Road in Far North Queensland has until recently been a treacherous ordeal along a narrow pot holed road. Today, it’s all bitumen and there are fewer potholes, nevertheless it has still retained some of its notorious heritage which still tests…

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 Road Test

Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 Road Test Words and on-road photography by Howard Shanks (studio photography courtesy of Mercedes-Benz). Fuel economy is by far the biggest standout feature from the new Actros 2658 6×4 as Howard Shanks discovered on a recent test run from Sydney to Melbourne. A bleak cold winter morning with artic wind gusts greeted…