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Offline 75Plus

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Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:35:35 PM »
When it comes to moving large loads the folks "Down Under" get it done.  :beer: :beer:

http://videos2view.net/xM-WLT.htm

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 02:32:47 AM »
WOW!! :bugeye:

I enjoyed that! Thanks Joe.  :clap: :thumbup:

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 02:48:08 AM »
Wouldn't like to meet that big bugger on a dark night.

 :D

Thanks for showing

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011, 03:31:32 PM »
Woud'nt like to be stuck behind it.    :doh:

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2011, 04:04:01 PM »
Great stuff! Thank you for that!

I have only gone to 65t which, in Europe, is pretty heavy, 21t more than standard for the UK.

I have a couple of Aussie mates who drove here for a while, one was licensed for a Road Train (can't remember how many trailers) and he told some hair-raising stories!

Great stuff! It would only be this type of work that would get me driving full time again instead of managing the buggers! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 09:18:51 PM »
Amazing.  Here in the States I used to read about a transporter vehicle that moved the Saturn 5 rockets onto the launch pad.

I think you guys have that one beat.

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 04:19:23 PM »
You wouldn't want be the drivers mate on one of those roadtrains, though.

"Right lad, just go and check the tyre pressures before we set off...."  :(






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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011, 08:22:23 PM »
Since I live and work in Canada, I've obviously never hauled one of those Aussie road trains. But I have hauled our B trains. Those spread out tri axle trailers really tear rubber off the tires during any sharp turns even empty. In a lot of ways a B train will track and be much easier to drive with than a standard 53' trailer. How the road trains are to haul I wouldn't know. But you'll notice they don't make really sharp turns with them. Now backing up is a different story, But you'd never see one of those road train drivers back up without splitting the trailers down to something manageable. NASA has some impressive equipment, But the transporter designs were or are very close to what has been developed and used in open pit mining for far longer than NASA has been using it. Some of the open pit coal mining equipment is much larger than NASA uses, A mobile bucket wheel excavator would be just one example.

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 03:29:18 AM »
Pete, I do know from observation that on moderate turns the trailers track the tractor very well.  I watched a BP road train pull into a truck stop then later drive out again onto the road and his tires left barely a scuff mark on the loose surface.

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2011, 05:51:01 AM »
Yeah being stuck behind one with 3 trailers is bad enuf.  When empty the last trailer can get up a fair bit of sway. 

My introduction to darwin years ago was being stuck behind one.  Never forget it, it was pelting down (Darwin is tropical so when it rains....) Then missus was driving at 60 km/h, u couldnt see your hand in front of your face, then of course there was the spray being thrown up by the truck.

Cars were overtaking us and the truck, how they could see better is beyond me.  After living there for a while came to the conclusion many of em were nuts.  60 clicks meant 90. The intro of speed cameras not long after obvoiusly changed things.

Now days up thru the centre of OZ its 130 km/h limit, back when I lived up there it was of a case of what limit? outside of towns.  The fun police finally caught up!!!!!
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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2012, 02:55:04 PM »
It's a scary feeling to be riding a motorcycle on a road with only one width of macadam and those road trains travelling both ways. Ask me how I know.

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Re: Transporting Large Loads Aussie Style
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2012, 06:00:39 AM »
AussieJimG   On a pushbike with a mere semi overtaking and a cross wind was bad enough.  I'm a hearin ya.

The days before I could get a car licence.  Now days its a car all the way.
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