View Full Version : OT: Big Trucks

12-31-2005, 10:02 PM
Knowing how much you guys must love big trucks I thought I would post some pics from my trip to the old coal town, Cadomin, Alberta...









01-01-2006, 12:09 AM
Beautiful pictures.. but BRRRRR...

01-01-2006, 01:26 AM
That #44 is one menacing looking truck- looks hungry! And yeah, it looks cold there. Nice pics.

01-01-2006, 01:41 AM
Those are some BIG trucks...thanks for postin' them.

01-01-2006, 12:10 PM
Those pics bring tears to 'me eyes.

Always ready for one more trip to the mining operations of Nevada, and each trip brings up the question: Why does the road traffic keep left, on all mining roads?

I've had it explained to me, but in the excitement of the moment, failed to exactly fathom the reasoning.

Can someone shed a light, slowly, for me?


01-01-2006, 12:34 PM
Dunno, a guess...does it have to do with the position of the operators cab on the trucks?

01-01-2006, 12:34 PM
They drive on the left so they know they're actually on the road and not about to put a wheel in a hole or over something/someone parked on the shoulder.
The blind side of the truck is always in the middle of the road.
People used to think it was so if they hit each other it wouldn't be cab to cab but when two of those hit it doesn't make a whole lot of difference.

01-01-2006, 12:46 PM
It's not always left hand. Sometimes they will switch from left to right and back. It's to keep loaded trucks away from the edge of tailings dumps and mine roads, especially in a pit.

Al Messer
01-01-2006, 12:49 PM
Right sizable trucks allright! BTW: you're very good with that camera there! Some loverly scenes. Thanks for posting them.

01-01-2006, 12:58 PM
Here are some shots of old advertisments and notices hanging in the cafe out there. I am going to go back to take proper shots for the owner...







01-01-2006, 05:25 PM
Nice photos. You should offer to make a nice advert for them. They may tak you up on the deal.

A fellow that I used to see at astronomy events would take night time photos of manufacturing facilities. One photo sent to the company netted him a nice photo shoot job for an upcomming advert for the company.


01-01-2006, 05:53 PM
Nice pictures. I like those old advertising one too. Here is one of them 15 cent hamburgers from McDonalds. Wow, has that been a day or two. (I do remember them tho)


Paul in NE Ohio

01-01-2006, 07:10 PM
Cadomin is also home to some of the biggest bighorn sheep in the world.

Dave ibew Cofer,
Cold in the winter ? yes it is. But their are no cockroaches here, or rats, or hurricanes, or your beloved mexicans.

charlie coghill
01-01-2006, 07:13 PM
Very nice photos. Thanks you for posting them.
My snow plow would fit on number 14 very nicely.

01-01-2006, 07:15 PM
I like the tub of hot soapy water. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Alistair Hosie
01-02-2006, 01:51 AM
B.O hee hee in those days woman worried about B.O now you can ponce yourself with every fragrance under the sun.In those days if you said both men and woman would be soon be using some of the underarm underleg etc stuff we see used now.Back then you would have thought anyone poncifying themselves especially men todqay with hair colour for men perfumes of all types would have been mad B.O is that all we worried about in the days when you used to bath once a week in front of the living room fire http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif have we gone mad or was smelly so bad.Alistair

01-02-2006, 07:07 AM
I can't resist taking a bit of credit for these pictures guys. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

"Woman" is my daughter for those that don't know. She is also a sports reporter/photographer for the local newspaper.

01-02-2006, 07:42 AM
guido: finally a topic i know something about,most, not all mining operations in the world run left hand drive to keep the haul truck drivers as far as possible from the impact zone in case of a head on. also when pick up`s,crew buses,explosive truck`s ect.are passing they do so on the drivers side of the haul truck.i spent 17 yrs.working in a open pit copper mine running haul truck`s,cat`s loader`s grader`s shovel`s ect.ran pretty well everthing but drill`s and crane,and have seen a few pick up`s get run over,not much left over except junk.very well done pictures,only thing missing is the noise and ground vibration when the truck goes past.

01-02-2006, 08:25 AM

No cockroaches here, No hurricanes (we do occasionally have tornados), Yeah we got rats, mice, Mexicans.. none are "beloved" thou. Apache's are the most violent race of people on earth. Some of the mexicans like to think they are full Inca descendants but seeing how they act sometimes I just think Apache. In all the western Indians I hung around, Apache means the same in each language.. "enemy".. That is them, thier heritage and they have to live that down. My heritage is being a mutt, part german, scott, cherokee indian.. (outlaw Josie wells movie) white men have been sneaking up on us for years.. ha ha..

If I was'nt so mellow I could entertain lots of hatred. I got over that years ago. I refuse to make friends with the cockroaches and rats thou.

EVAN: is that still the Nikon 4300??

01-02-2006, 09:16 AM
That isn't my camera David, that is my daughter's. She has the Canon Digital Rebel a step up from mine, around 8 megapixel I believe.

01-02-2006, 11:17 AM
Evan: I thought "Woman" was your wife.. don't remember what gave me that idea.. perhaps a post on you running around naked around the lathe, and I was teasing. Thanks for clarifying that..

I called a old friend years ago, about half drunken, I cut up and teased his wife for about half a hour.. Then I discovered it was his 25 yr old daughter.. I was so embarrassed.. I used to get down in the floor and play with those kids..

01-02-2006, 12:48 PM
Those are very nice pictures, yeh the Digital rebel XT, cant tell a difference picture wise vs my 20d. You just gotta love digital slr's.

01-02-2006, 01:28 PM
Pic's are great they are talking on one of the news cable channels sbout 13 W Va miners trap a mile in from the outside, after a cave in may God help them.

Been there, probally broke it doing that

01-03-2006, 12:19 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments guys. I am Evan's daughter (betterhalf is his wife) http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

These were taken with the Canon Rebel XT and some were played with in PSP but most were not. Other than that they have just been resized for posting.

The third one of the two trucks passing was a complete fluke.

I was so excited when I saw the big trucks that I jumped out of the truck and started snapping.

I forgot the camera was set to some manual settings for a much darker shot so I ended up way overexposing a bunch of them. I love the way this one turned out though.

Thanks again,

01-03-2006, 12:29 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by quasi:
Cadomin is also home to some of the biggest bighorn sheep in the world.</font>

Yep, This is the best shot I got. They were quite a ways away...


01-03-2006, 02:01 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by PHiers:
Nice pictures. I like those old advertising one too. Here is one of them 15 cent hamburgers from McDonalds. Wow, has that been a day or two. (I do remember them tho)



Anyone else know where that sign is located? I do...a clue...initials of the location are...HFM.

01-03-2006, 02:03 AM
Orlando.. the first.., okay, I was wrong..

I remember seeing one in Orlando with one arch.. I think.. hell that was 34 years ago.

[This message has been edited by David E Cofer (edited 01-03-2006).]

01-03-2006, 02:37 PM

I know where the sign is(and I picked all the music on the drive in soundtrack, and designed and drew and detailed all the cases along the highway) That building is so distinctive with it's roof structure!

Peter S
01-03-2006, 04:14 PM
Thanks for the photos, the Kress truck looks pretty amazing. I guess this is a coal hauler?
I have read a bit about Ralph Kress in the past - he was a great innovator in big trucks, but I didn't realise the name was still around. It sounds like this company was founded by his son.



01-04-2006, 01:10 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Anyone else know where that sign is located? I do...a clue...initials of the location are...HFM.</font>

HFM...Henry Ford Museum

Here's a photo of it behind the Kennedy assassination car...


[This message has been edited by Carl (edited 01-04-2006).]

01-04-2006, 11:08 AM
Speaking of cool trucks, take a look at this 19-axle truck/trailer rig.


Here it is being loaded with the nacelle for a wind turbine (Three of the axles are hidden in this pic).


If you want to see some of the best wind farm construction pictures anywhere on the Web, go here.




01-04-2006, 11:12 AM
I wonder how much it costs for a new set of tires?

01-04-2006, 11:21 AM
When I was a kid, about ten or so. A whole group of "US" kids found some earth grader tires in a old telephone scrap yard.

It took a crew of us to stand them up. Then we worked them to the road on top of the hill there.. Then one of us would climb in, stand up and put hands on the other side. Then we'd turn them loose. WHen the "one" hit the fender on a new 60's ford and totalled it out we all ran. (we'd all bail before it got too fast)

God the whelps and bloody stripes that came from that.. My mom would be in prison now days.

Them tires are a lot larger than Earth mover tires. Seems DISC channel said they are about a ton each.

01-04-2006, 12:18 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Evan:
I wonder how much it costs for a new set of tires?</font>

For that matter, probably costs a coupla hundred just to air them!

Tho I imagine they send out a new guy with a bicycle pump for that. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

01-04-2006, 12:45 PM
Click on the photo below:

http://www.bridgestone-eu.com/upload/Album/AP_461.jpg (http://www.bridgestone-eu.com/bfe/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=00000000000000000000001_2_556a rticleRCRD)

01-04-2006, 01:04 PM
...and all you need to change a tire is a Cat 988 loader with a special attachment...


01-04-2006, 01:13 PM
...of course a 992 would make quick work of it also...