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One of the more notable shifts of recent times, for any haul operation in the South was the hauling of a 86-tonne boiler for purposes at the Lorneville meat-works in

Due to weight limits on SH1 bridges, the had to be diverted inland and it took in a route from Timaru, up the Valley to Omarama, then up and the Lindis Pass to Cromwell for the and finally down to Clyde, the Clyde Dam, and onwards to Junction, then through and Gore and then the back to Lorneville (which is near through Southland — a of 535-kilometres.

Despite the stupendous capabilities of the turbo-clutch equipped (see the June issue of New Trucking Magazine), due to grit on the and the time of year which see snow and ice being an issue, the had Glen Jacobs and his Fulton T904 acting as a pusher on the going.

With the Actros producing 653 and the Signature in the Kenworth rated at (although it is a 630 and is soon to be opened up the load had well over punting it along, and with an all up weight of around 163-tonne, it was no that the Fulton boys up the Lindis at about 40-km/hour.

Pilots Charlie Boyes, Harrison and Richard Johnston did a job of managing the traffic and Fulton Heavy Haul Manager McNeilly kept pace the shift.

Mercedes-Benz Actros

Mark said “the Mercedes could done the whole trip on its as it turned out, and “that day we are using it we are amazed at its ability to the do the and justify the investment. We are very with its capabilities.”

While the performed well, there was teething issues with the with a steering block and required welding. This the boys up for about six-hours the block was welded and the issues

They were due to cross the Dam at around 7.30am but didn’t it until about 1.00pm in the and with bad weather coming up the south, and time to be made up, it was that Glen was to help the combination down south more pusher time expected.

The big Kenworth was hooked up at Dam and stayed there until Creek near Roxburgh, and was up again at Millers Flat and on all the way past Raes Junction and up and Hill into South where it was unleashed.

Mark commented that the helped speed things up on the and on the flat going the combination was 60-70 km/h with

The convoy of pilot vehicles, and two-rows of eight dolly and its of eight MTE trailer certainly for an impressive sight, and with Kenworth tacked on the far end of the load, the of it steaming up the Lindis was a sight anybody who saw it will never

Mercedes-Benz Actros
Mercedes-Benz Actros

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