Biggest Scania Built for Australia

A new R 730 V8 8×8 converted to 10×8 by adding a lazy axle is the biggest Scania built for Australia. The new truck is working for Qube Bulk on its PBS Quad Road Train fleet in Western Australia’s North, in Port Hedland. The Quad sets being used are the largest on-road vehicles in Australia.     The new Scania is intended to run at masses up to 220-tonnes when further developments in the PBS combinations are made....

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Tri, Tri and Tri Again

It is one of the many things in which Australia leads the world, the tri-drive. Our remote areas, and their public roads have a large population of tri-drive prime movers, in world terms. Here is the latest first to hit the road, this time in the Pilbara. Fusion Contracting is now running this  214 tonne GCM rated Scania with twin steer and tri-drive pulling a quad axle super quad carting Iron Ore. With a payload of 150 tonnes being...

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Road Trains and Girls

Female road train drivers have become a feature of the trucking industry in the remote areas of Australia, especially in the mining sector. Here is an example of the kind of women starting to work in trucking. This video is designed to cater to a global audience, people in the rest of the world just love watching our road trains on the road.   Here is a completely illegal road train somewhere in Holland. Presumably, while...

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Asciano Deal Gets Up

The business world turns full circle with the return of Chris Corrigan to the Patrick stevedoring business. A joint deal, previewed a couple of weeks ago, will see both Qube and Canadian rail company, Brookfield, take part of the Asciano organisation, as part of a group buyout of the infrastructure enterprise.     The takeover of Asciano involves eight player in a complex deal to allay competition concerns. This will see the...

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Qube Bid Looking Good

A decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission looks to have improved the chances of Qube taking over Asciano. The ACCC have rejected a proposal by Canadian Railway giant, Brookfield, to takeover the Asciano operation, citing concerns about the company’s long term behavioural undertakings.   The proposed sale for $9 billion would further reduce competition in the rail sector, where there is a small number of...

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