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Fun Bus

14,848 posts

103 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
Forthright MC said:
Spotted this monster heading south yesterday! -



A.R Demolitions new Volvo FH16 750 (750 as in 750 BHP!) currently the most powerful truck available in Europe and only the second i've seen on the road thus far... smokin
Having thought about it, I think this is the one I saw near Newark (the A17 I think) yesterday afternoon. I remember it having a tracked 'dozer on the back and the tractor unit being Silver.

djdestiny

2,246 posts

63 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
Now that was a good spot on the Fairline!
I live 5 mins from Oundle and have lived in and around it all my life.
An old school mate is based in Florida and does their servicing and maintenance for customers over there.
Hows that for a job!?

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
Gretchen said:
James next time you go out on the B645 look at how many signs are dented between the Eaton Oak & the first two villages. I've seen those boats take signs & bollards out.
Yeah, i have noticed a few bent/scraped signs along that road in the past!...

For some of the more organised abnormal loads, sometimes local councils will come out along the set route and temporarily remove road signs and bollards etc as the load passes through to prevent it damging them and the cargo!
I saw a feature about one operation where a utility company came out and cut away several tree branches and wound up several sections of phone line just so an extremely high and wide load (Big power station part i think it was) could go through unhindered!


djdestiny said:
Now that was a good spot on the Fairline!
I live 5 mins from Oundle and have lived in and around it all my life.
An old school mate is based in Florida and does their servicing and maintenance for customers over there.
Hows that for a job!?
Cheers. Yeah, i still have yet to see another load rival that particular one for physical size!

Have seen a couple of other hauliers, including a Dutch one whos name escapes me, come past with other smaller Fairline vessels loaded up so i guess a large percentage of their boats are destined for export from Southampton or somewhere.

Thats a great sounding job your mate has there. Aprivilege and a pleasure i bet! cool

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
I do believe Andy cycled past me at around 13.08pm yesterday afternoon! wavey

I was dealing with a rather heavy nose bleed when you came past, you might have noticed the bloody paper hanky, it was a tad sudden!... yikes

Plenty of good stuff around yesterday, heres a few snaps smile -



One of my fave MAN units at the moment is Robinsons very handsome HIAB (Got a heavy crane fixed to back of the cab for lifting big prefabs and crane parts which make a big part of this firms usual work load) unit seen here most likely heading back to the yard on the edge of Sandy!



Stobart G cab L7397, Jeanette Carol, pulling a Huddersfield Giants Super League reefer with the new, slightly updated livery (They now feature the name of the player on the side if you look closely) Could be one of my last shots of one of these as Stobart have terminated their sponsorship of the Super League now i do believe (Rugby League season is over now too IIRC) so theses trailers will revert back to the more usual white "Temperature Controlled Distribution" livery soon...
Sure would be nice if Stobart got to sponsor a proper Rugby Union tournament in the future!...



A very nicely turned out Metcalfe Farms 4 Series V8 Scania Topline makes its way south with a military spec Iveco Trakker tied to the trailer. Looked a very interesting vehicle!



Also very interesting BMW Motorrad liveried step frame transporter, pulled by a very early, original shape, Renault Magnum. Can only assume theres a motor sport event on somewhere as i saw a an old Iveco Euro Star 4x2 lowline tractor pulling a very similar trailer across Bushmead Rd last night...



Very nicely colour co-ordinated and interestingly laid out Volvo FMX rigid tipper complete with a "Jack In The Box" style draw bar here with a pair of new looking Bomag pavers loaded up!
Don't see too many FMXs out and about round here which is a shame really as they are quite smart and fairly cool little rigs i think!



Hows about that then for a cracking looking yoke! biggrin

EX RW Simpson Volvo FH (Hence the livery! They had quite a few units featuring The Simpsons artwork i'm told) now in service with Edwards Haulage heads by! Love intricate airbrush liveries like this, must have been a real labor of love for someone! Think its good the new owners of this rig kept the old livery too, makes it stand out a fair bit for sure!
I wonder if DJDestiny has seen one of these on his yard before going by the trailer?...



Proof the old MP3 Actros can still be made to look good! Very nice use of colour on this eyecatching D&L Trans unit smile



Two for the price of one! A pair of tidy Lincs operated S Lyon & Sons FHs head by in piggy back style! biggrin
I saw the driving unit pulling a very odd load on Sunday afternoon (Looked like a cross between a fire service turntable ladder and a full on piling rig if that conjures up an image!) so i guess he must have overnighted somewhere nearby and picked the other truck up after tipping the previous load!



The classic of classics IMO, hard to beat a 3 Series Scania and this one was a stunner! cool



ANOTHER big heavy crate! Abbey Heavy Haulage, they of the Fairline yacht road hauling operations, DAF XF105.510 passes by heading north with a big container that most likely contains yacht parts or tooling i should imagine going by this firms usual business.



This one caught my attention for a rather disturbing reason!... Ex Heanor Volvo FH16 520, now operated by RNT Heavy Haulage, heads past with a massive Liebherr 906 360 excavator that must have a Gross wight of around 70-80 tons easy on the trailer all whilst the truck has a very visibly buckled Caster lifting axle on the front there! yikes
That wheel should just usually lock into the forward position automatically, but it appears this one is defective. It would certainly garner the attention of VOSA and the other agencies very quickly i should imagine if they spotted it...

Edited by Forthright MC on Tuesday 16th October 01:52

Mr Sheen

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1,249 posts

149 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
Hi James I meant to post but I forgot, sorry.

I did notice you were having issues with you nose, how is it today? I see it didn't effect your photography, nice shoots thumbup
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Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 quote quote all
Mr Sheen said:
Hi James I meant to post but I forgot, sorry.

I did notice you were having issues with you nose, how is it today? I see it didn't effect your photography, nice shoots thumbup
No problem!

Yeah my snozz was fine a a few minutes after you went by cheers. Never a particularly pleasant experience though (Think its all down to the heating going on in the house now the weather is getting colder...)

Glad you like the pics. I particularly love snapping from there now at this time of the year. The leaves and the other roadside bracken changes colour and makes a nice different backdrop for the pics, plus you never who or what could turn up too as the supply chains start to build momentum now on the way up to Xmas!
I can't wait TBH!

Fun Bus

14,848 posts

103 months

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 quote quote all
If I could have done, I would have turned round to get a photo of my spot today; Iona Louise - a Scania car-transporter in full Stobart livery. Very, very smart and brought out the truck geek in me as it passed in the opposite direction on the A52 near Grantham.

Fun Bus

14,848 posts

103 months

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 quote quote all
Fun Bus said:
Well, look at what's on the front of this weeks MotorTransport!

I've just realised that this is the truck I saw!

tonyvid

8,835 posts

128 months

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Thursday 18th October 2012 quote quote all
Next time you see one of those huge boats creeping under the bridge can you slither down the bank and get a roadside POV please? I would love to see how tight that is!

Mr Sheen

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Thursday 18th October 2012 quote quote all
Same place and same time today wavey

Did you get a photo of that car on the trailer, any idea what it was?

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Thursday 18th October 2012 quote quote all
Fun Bus said:
Fun Bus said:
Well, look at what's on the front of this weeks MotorTransport!

I've just realised that this is the truck I saw!
thumbup

Excellent spot, theres not many fully liveried new units about at all at the moment!...


Mr Sheen said:
Same place and same time today wavey

Did you get a photo of that car on the trailer, any idea what it was?
Yeah i got it. After a closer look i think it was a Ginetta G40 perhaps smile -



Did look nice, perhaps not quite as nice as this one which blasted past a little while before though! -



smokin


Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Thursday 18th October 2012 quote quote all
tonyvid said:
Next time you see one of those huge boats creeping under the bridge can you slither down the bank and get a roadside POV please? I would love to see how tight that is!

Err, i'll try! Might be able to grab a few shots from above the northbound embankment, might be a bit risky actually going down the embankment though!...

The last couple i've seen have slotted in just fine though. That one i posted ^^ was a monster! Think it was the biggest vessel Fairline produce!

I did see Allelys shifting this nice old Steam Loco this afternoon though! -





cool

tonyvid

8,835 posts

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
Nice loco!

I think I saw one of the new Volvo tractor units on Friday afternoon - huge black grill on the front and a narrow Volvo diagonal badge. What made me take notice as I passed was "Test Vehicle" written at the bottom of the drivers door - reg was DX61 ***


Oh God, I've been dragged into FMC'c truck spotting world!!!

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

168 months

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Sunday 21st October 2012 quote quote all
tonyvid said:
Nice loco!

I think I saw one of the new Volvo tractor units on Friday afternoon - huge black grill on the front and a narrow Volvo diagonal badge. What made me take notice as I passed was "Test Vehicle" written at the bottom of the drivers door - reg was DX61 ***


Oh God, I've been dragged into FMC'c truck spotting world!!!
biggrin

Nowt wrong with appreciating trucks and interesting loads! Reckon more people should pay attention to road haulage and see our various UK supply chains at work. Quite a fascinating business IMO.

Yes that would have been the all new FH you saw Tony. The one you saw would have most likely been this one which is doing the rounds in this end of sticks at the moment it seems -



Up until a month or so ago this unit would have been sporting a rather unflattering plastic wrap disguise all over its cab (AKA "Ghost Truck" in that guise) as it was one of several Volvo had specifically allocated to the UK in order to test and tune the new trucks geometry to our rutted road surfaces in order to refine the ride and handling IIRC.

Must admit the looks of this truck is still a bit of a marmite point TBH, a tad less plastic on the grille perhaps would have certainly made a bit more easier on the eye!...

Still got some way to go in order to challenge the new Actros IMO though. forgot to post this the other day, but this rather tidy example on rental passed me by on the bridge last week -



Can only assume this one is being trialled by one of the several bulk tipper fleets who cart grain back and forth from the Lt Staughton/B660 corridor perhaps...

ETA - A few of the regular followers of this thread might be interested in having a look at my Flickr feed which i post a "best of" selection of pics from the bridge for each month in luvvly hi res format! smile -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/forthrightjames/

Edited by Forthright MC on Sunday 21st October 23:20

Mr Sheen

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
Hi James wavey same place, same time today.

Anything good on the roads today? Good to see your nose has sorted itself out!

It's a dark place Tony, dark place wink

tonyvid

8,835 posts

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
hehe

Gretchen

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101 months

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
/You ain't seen me. Right/



Fun Bus

14,848 posts

103 months

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Monday 22nd October 2012 quote quote all
Forthright MC said:
Nowt wrong with appreciating trucks and interesting loads! Reckon more people should pay attention to road haulage and see our various UK supply chains at work. Quite a fascinating business IMO.
More people should pay attention to the industry I agree - there is a drive for hauliers to display the "Love Logistics" logo on fleet in order to encourage people to appreciate what goes into getting their 'lives' into their homes. Sadly it's not caught on.

I'm now nearly 14 years served in the industry and still love it. I love my specialism and the value it adds and still enjoy poking around the trucks, trailers and other equipment I come into contact with.

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

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Tuesday 23rd October 2012 quote quote all
Gretchen said:
/You ain't seen me. Right/
waveyhehe

Mr Sheen said:
Hi James wavey same place, same time today.

Anything good on the roads today? Good to see your nose has sorted itself out!

It's a dark place Tony, dark place wink
The only thing dark about it is the weather, was bloody miserable out there today!

Yes, the nose is much better now lol! biggrin

There were indeed a few things of interest today as always! -



Lovely looking Benton Bros (run out of Sibsey near Boston, Lincs) MP3 Actros. I'm developing a real soft spot for this fleet at the moment!... Their livery is subtle, but so well detailed, always so nicely turned out!



This one had me fooled! Could have sworn it was a Stobart Rail wagon when i saw it approaching, especially with that flatbed attached!...
R440 Highline operated by Williams Haulage (Theres 2 Williams trans companies i know of and i'm not sure which one this belongs to! One of them has a big depot up at Easton near Huntingdon...) aping the Stobart livery to a tee even with a girls name on the front of it!



Can't not say the new Actros isn't lacking in road presence! cool
Beautifully presented Gigaspace cabbed MP4 operated by German haulier Wagner Trans.



Very smart David Murray XF105 a long way from home. Carnoustie in Scotland to be precise!
Can't beat a well turned out Scottish rig on tour. These, AJ Anderson, D Steven and P&C Hamilton are some of Scotlands finest fleets which regularly turn up down here to name but a few.



Todays abnormal load! One of Collett Heavy Transports 8x4 MAN TGAs travels south with 3 very large diameter wind turbine bases loaded up!
This firm (Operates two big yards in Halifax, where this unit came from, and Goole where they organise specialist transport for oversize offshore and marine machinery) specialises in moving wind turbine parts among other things.



Other haulage companies might try to mimic them, but you can't beat a proper steady Eddie IMO!



An autumnal road scene.



Super smart log wagon from the specialist fleet of Alan Rowland Timber services. These have got to be some of the best presented log fleets on the road! They operate an equally well turned out R620 Scania which i've had the pleasure of a few times in the past!



My spot of the day had to be this beast! Hobans brand new R730 Topline! I've only just started noticing units from this fleet show up in numbers round here just recently and they're now firmly in my good books on behalf of this! biggrin
Looked to be pulling an equally new bulk waste ejector tipper too. Goes to prove theres some truth in that old saying "where theres muck there brass" it would sure seem!

Forthright MC

8,018 posts

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Tuesday 23rd October 2012 quote quote all
Fun Bus said:
More people should pay attention to the industry I agree - there is a drive for hauliers to display the "Love Logistics" logo on fleet in order to encourage people to appreciate what goes into getting their 'lives' into their homes. Sadly it's not caught on.

I'm now nearly 14 years served in the industry and still love it. I love my specialism and the value it adds and still enjoy poking around the trucks, trailers and other equipment I come into contact with.
+1 yes

Yeah it is overlooked by most on the whole it would appear unfortunately...

Think i'm just a big kid at heart really, i've always been fascinated by big, powerful and smart things!
Its turned into a very enjoyable hobby for me though and i've met several very good people through doing it too smile

Seen this yet BTW? Nice wee convoy of Stobart/Autologic transporters were scooped on the road last week! -

http://www.lorryspotting.com/newsArticle.asp?nID=1...
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