Loaded and Rollin' (DVD)

by Peter Connock, Martin Phippard

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This DVD shows the history and uses of the dromedary, the long wheelbase tractor unit which can carry a load as a platform, boxvan or tanker. As American truck historian Ken Goudy explains, this type of unit has a history going back to the 1950s when it was adopted by bakeries in the Pacific north-west. The dromedary with a semi trailer has several advantages. Using examples from around the world, The CP team show that it offers great flexibility in handling loads. For example, one combination uses it to carry foundry sand and complete engine blocks in different sections of the transporter. Other advantages attested by the truck drivers interviewed are its safety in hauling large, heavy loads and the very comfortable ride given by the long wheelbase, and even when empty there is some weight over the drive axle. From a unique Freightliner 10 x 6 operated by Alaska West Express on the Dalton Highway to a road train loaded with fuel in Western Australia, this programme pays tribute to the many uses of the dromedary. There is also footage from Sweden and Canada as well as an interesting innovation in the UK. Many models of tractor unit are included.

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