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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 trucks performed there was some teething with the trailer with a block breaking and required This held the boys up for six-hours while the block was and the issues rectified.

They due to cross the Clyde Dam at around but didn’t reach it until 1.00pm in the end, and with bad coming up from the south, and to be made up, it was decided that was to help punt the combination south with more time than expected.

The big Kenworth was hooked up at Butchers Dam and there until Coal near Roxburgh, and was hooked up at Millers Flat and stayed on all the way Raes Junction and up and over into South Otago, it was unleashed.

Mark commented the Kenworth helped speed up on the climbs and on the flat going the was holding 60-70 km/h ease.

The convoy of pilot Merc and two-rows of eight and its five-rows of eight MTE trailer made for an impressive sight, and Glen’s Kenworth tacked on the far end of the the sight of it steaming up the Lindis was a that anybody who saw it will forget.

Mercedes-Benz Actros
Mercedes-Benz Actros

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