Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration

Ford’s LTL 9000: Restoration Words and photography by Howard Shanks – (images during restoration supplied Highland Haulage). The Ford Louisville LTL 9000 was more than an affordable stylish truck when it was released over three decades ago. It boasted all the options of the traditional prestige offerings from Kenworth and Mack and went on create…

How Freightliner trucks came to Australia

How Freightliner trucks came to Australia Words by Howard Shanks, Images supplied by Freightliner (First Published – March 2002 – revised Jan 2019)   Back in 1982 two trucks quietly rolled into the Mulgrave headquarters of Mercedes Benz (Australia). Not well known at the time, only a handful of truck fanatics and industry commentators recognised them…

Bloody Big Shifts

Yellow Express Heavy Haulage from the 1960s Throughout the late forties and on through the sixties, with depots scattered over the length and breadth of the country, Yellow Express trucks hauled parcel freight, interstate general loads and were specialists in heavy haulage. Yellow Express were one of the most dynamic emerging transport companies in Australia…