2019 ATCA Upper Canada

The ATCA Upper Canada truck show is a great show. But despite all its greatness I usually do a poor job of covering this event. By the time mid August rolls around I’ve already attended numerous shows that have filled up my camera, burned my skin, and tested the patience of my wife. I tend to get lazy and coast on the bounty of the year knowing that at least two or three other big shows are waiting in the wings. Boy o boy have times changed. I feel like that grasshopper that sat around singing all summer while the ants busily prepared for the lean times to come. Good times will never end! But of course they do.

Back in 2019 I deemed this footage unworthy of sharing but through the lens of 2020 it seems inspired, transcendent, and life affirming.

Considering I have any footage all I guess I not completely like the grasshopper. This year the ATCA Upper Canada show is going virtual. Check it out here.


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Classic Cruising

The video will tell you all you need to know!

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2020 Virtual Brockway Truck Show

The BTPA is still planning on hosting a 2020 National Brockway Truck show this year. The event has been scaled back to a one day show that will take place partially at the CNY Living History Center and most likely Greek Peak Resort. Details are still being confirmed as the guideposts from State and local officials change on a near hourly basis.

To supplement the national show and give everyone a chance to participate a virtual show will also be held. Please send in your Brockway truck photos along with all the pertinent details.

  • Name
  • Home Town
  • Year of Truck
  • Model
  • Any other details on history, restoration, past life, etc.

The deadline to submit is July 20th. The virtual show will kick of August 1st on the BTPA official youtube channel.

Email your photos to brockwaytruckshow@gmail.com

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Two for One

If you are in the market for a heavy wrecker it seems like you have three choices of trucks to choose from. Peterbilt, Kenworth, Western Star. Keep your eyes peeled the time you are on the road and tell me when you spot a new heavy duty tow truck that isn’t one of these threes.

Hugh spotted this one at Roosevel & Sons in Canajoharie, NY. Anytime I’m on the NYSTA I make sure to pay attention when passing by their shop as their is always something cool to be seen.

And out near the NY/VT border the famous east coast heavy hauler J. Supor and Sons was spotted with this large load of electrical equipment.

Cool shots Hugh. Thanks for sharing.

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The Nicest S2500 in the World – Part II

I found it again, the nicest S2500 in the world. This time it was at Fulton Spring Service with a freshly installed dump body. A company name, Clear-A-Way All Season Service, has also been applied to the doors. I would say this truck is finally ready to hit the road and starting earning the big bucks at a fraction of the cost of a new truck. If International brough back the S-Series they wouldn’t be able to build them fast enough. But then again, I am very delusional when it comes to these trucks.

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Goodbye Walt

Walt the Crane became an immediate fixture in the Syracuse skyline from the very first day it grazed the clouds of the Salt City. His arrival was long foretold and his presence seemed permanent. But yet, he is gone. I was wandering around the deserted streets of the city last week during lunch when I spied these two trucks from AmQuip threading their way to the dome.

I tailed the pair all the way up to the Dome. I almost caught them a time or two but was undone by unwillingness to run while wearing a shirt and tie.

The crane convoy really broke away when I had to make a detour to avoid a completely naked man standing on street corner. The police quickly arrived and without much prompting convinced the man to take a free ride to the local hospital he presumably wandered out of.

Once I caught up with my pray I was shocked to see Walt was gone. I knew he was gone before I got there but it seemed like he snuck out overnight. He certainly left town without any of the fan fair he received when he arrived. I can’t help but think I should have spent more time up at the dome over the past year. The project underway is truely generational in its scope and scale.

My buddy works for a local recycling company that is charging 2,000 dollars a trailer load to get rid of the used crane mats that were on this job. I’m not sure if all the mats they are grinding came from this job or another big project replacing high voltage transmission towers but either way it shows that recycling works….if you’re the one getting paid!

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Old Trucks Live in the Country

They say country air is good for you. It must also be good for old trucks based on this picture from John. He snapped this picture back in 2014 but I’m willing to bet the lineup has changed much. Maybe it’s not so much the air but the lack of road salt and limited time on the roads. Everything in moderation right?

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Town of Sullivan Paving

Here we see the Town of Sullivan and the Madison County Highway Department working together to pave a lake side road. Despite all the madness in the world you still have to keep the lights on and the roads paved. I don’t know about you but I’ve taken a new appreciation for seeing constructions crews on out the job. It’s reassuring to see work getting done. It’s a nice reminder that world has not stopped turning.

Our friend Jeff took these pictures for us while he was hauling material for the town crew. He reports that they are an up and coming group of skilled pavers. Together with their new Carlson paver they made short work of the job.

Apparently this machine is from the first year of Carlson pavers. The company is better known for making high quality screeds for other paving manufacturers like Vogel.

And finally we take a look at Jeff’s ride of choice, an International HV powered by the A26 engine. By all reports this is a quality engine unlike previous models that shall go unnamed. Jeff reports that fuel economy is quite impressive considering he is dump trucking.

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R-Model Fire Tanker

Nothing says spring like cruising through the country side with a screaming kid in the backseat. He was probably upset because I kept telling him we were going home only to make yet another turn in a direction that was decidedly not going to take us home. That’s why the make juice boxes and animal crackers right? He did calm down a bit when he saw this neat old fire tanker. If only it had been parked out toward the road!

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Inland Port

For a very long time, possibly decades, there has been a plan to develop an inland port somewhere in the CNY area to suckle of the massive growth at true water based ports along the eastern coast line. There have been many false starts and many grand plans but it seems that some version of the project has finally taken root. At the CSX itermodal yard in Dewitt a new yard is well underway that includes to very tall gantry cranes. If you passed through the area now you would see them nearly completed but here is a shot of the two in their more early days.

Lift with your legs.

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