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DO you know much about the LinFox company ?

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Nice rig. Did you ever drive a real truck like we have in the states? A tandem?

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2 minutes ago, Olmate said:

DO you know much about the LinFox company ?

I only know what Wikipedia tells me.
It's a huge Australian company that has several thousand trucks

 

https://www.linfox.com/

 

As you get older, you start to get interested in carriers on the other side of the world.
When I was a truck driver in France, I drove to almost all European countries, including behind the iron curtain;

I started driving line  buses between towns, like in Thailand and tourism coaches  in 1971;
then in 1973 I joined a small company which mainly transported petroleum products ...
40 years behind "the piece of the wood", the term colloquially used to designate the steering wheel;

I lived well even if now I regret (a little bit ) not to have been more "greedy" by going to see elsewhere, in the USA or Australia and driving double trains and sometimes much longer ...

for answering to Nyezhov :thumbsup:

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2 minutes ago, Olmate said:

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Yeah dude. Thats one thing I never take away from Ozzies, even when Im debating my old silly brother @Lacessit, you guys got some BOMB heavy equipment. I watch the videos here and there and dream. Cool stuff!

 

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11 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

Nice rig. Did you ever drive a real truck like we have in the states? A tandem?

In the petroleum company I sometimes drove a double train which transported gas cylinders;
when we arrived in a factory we had a very definite route to follow because a reverse was impossible with 4 vehicles hooked one behind the other .

Eh ! It was nearly 50 years ago, 

We did not have the electronics currently available which makes it possible to temporarily block the axes in order to be able to make back steps in complete safety.

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2 minutes ago, Assurancetourix said:

I lived well even if now I regret (a little bit ) not to have been more "greedy" by going to see elsewhere, in the USA or Australia and driving double trains and sometimes much longer ...

for answering to Nyezhov

I knew a dude back in AK, his job was to drive a tandem from the Anchorage docks to Fbks (6-12 hours depending on weather, 2 lane paved road) then lay over and drive Fbks to Deadhorse (Prudhoe), 500 miles on the two lane gravel. You got one stop in Coldfoot about 300 miles up. No other services. Sometimes it hits -45 F. Then turn around and go back. $300,000 a year.

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1 minute ago, Nyezhov said:

Yeah dude. Thats one thing I never take away from Ozzies, even when Im debating my old silly brother @Lacessit, you guys got some BOMB heavy equipment. I watch the videos here and there and dream. Cool stuff!

 

I remember a TV program called Ice Truckers, or something like that. Transporting heavy equipment up to the Arctic Circle for oil rigs, driving over frozen lakes during the spring thaw etc. Those drivers really were crazy.

Australia has bulldust. It's like very fine flour, dark brown. When you hit a patch of it at speed, it splashes up over the windscreen and blinds you - our version of whiteout.

Everybody looks silly to pot smokers. A little less of the old, thank you.

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About huge transport company, there is one near Rennes in France which name is STG ;

When i began to drive trucks STG was at the end of a dead end in a narrow street in the city center of Rennes.
They quickly moved to Noyal sur Vilaine between Rennes and Vitre.
They have a few thousand vehicles and specialize in refrigerated transport

 

https://www.stg-logistique.fr/en/

 

They mainly have Volvo.
When my "petroleum" boss bought 5 Volvo F89 with all possible options, STG drivers who had a reputation as a "lead shoe" couldn't believe their eyes!
We overtook them all on the road when they themselves were already well above the authorized speeds.
It was a fantastic time where you could still have great freedom;
it also resulted in high road mortality;
I was very lucky to go through all of this and be able to remember it;

many of my work colleagues have long been six feet underground or in wheelchairs.

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1 minute ago, Assurancetourix said:

who had a reputation as a "lead shoe" couldn't believe their eyes!

Its a "lead foot". Lead Foot Louis.

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27 minutes ago, Olmate said:

DO you know much about the LinFox company ?

Lindsay Fox started off with a secondhand truck doing deliveries in Melbourne. He's now the patriarch of a sprawling business empire, his trucks are even in Thailand.

Certainly no snowflake, he got the reputation of being a tough nut in a hard business.

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Anecdotes .. I have a thousand and many more;
both those concerning me and those concerning my friends in other transport companies.
I remember the first time I entered East Germany;
it was night and yet it was almost like in broad daylight with these hundreds of projectors which lit far around.
If you remember, in the movie Apocalyspse Now, there is a sequence happening on the bridge built on the 17 * // bridge always lights up.
In fact it is fiction because when we were in Vietnam, this bridge actually exists on the mandarin road but it is tiny ...

 

once crossed this border, the motorway on the other side, to go to Berlin was limited to 80 km / h;
at the beginning I wondered why ? since it was deserted apart from the trucks ..
I quickly understood; it was because of the " elephant nests " :cheesy: that there were everywhere .. as soon as I passed the 80 an hour my road unit no longer held the road

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1 minute ago, Assurancetourix said:

 

Do you have an English translation?

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