Still Working – Yale 1900 Loader

While cruising around this past weekend hoping to find some good snow clean up action I happened to spot this Yale working away at the Regional Transportation Center. It was fairly far off in the distance and I almost did bother to turn around for a closer look. I’m glad that I did as it turned out to be Detroit powered. Yes, an officially plated government vehicle that is not in the military still rocking a Detroit in 2018. Shhh, don’t tell anyone or it will be replaced with a hydrogen powered hybrid electric Chinese made paper weight.

Yale loaders were built in Batavia, NY back in the day by Yale and Townsend Manufacturing Company, the very same company that also made the Trojan line of loaders. For one reason or another you see many more Trojan loaders out there than Yale which is strange if you stop and think about it for too long.

A yellow machine with blue hubs screams NYSDOT hand me down. Now that I know this loader is here you can bet I will return for future glimpses. We might have to wait awhile as the final weeks of January are forecasted to be warmer than usual. Until then, a teaser video.


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Keep on Plowing

Keep on plowing. After all these years of running this site that is the first time I’ve titled a post with those words. Hard to believe. With two consecutive weekends of heavy snow I would say it’s about time to look at some of the equipment that is so common place this time of year.

We’ll start out with this Western Star 4900 from the Town of Manlius. This was taken the same morning the Toro Groundmaster fell through the ice. Deep snow and bitter cold. What a combo!

This year it seems that if you don’t plan ahead and stack the snow as high as you can you’re going to have problems with space later on. Here a John Deere 624E is clearing on the aisles of a local Life Storage. Ironic that a Cat dealership is on both sides of this property?

As I might have mentioned before I usually prefer my wife to drive during this winter. It’s not that I don’t like to drive in the snow but it’s really the only way to take a photo and avoid having a head on collision with a plow. My safety was rewarded with a shot one my favorite trucks, this International 2574 of the ‘Cuse DPW.

And, in order of apperance in the gallery below, City of Watertown, NY International Workstar, Village of Manlius, NY International 2674, Onondaga County DOT Frightliner M2 112V, City of Syracuse International 7600, A pair of Cat front loaders, a rear shot of the Cuse 7600 and a collection of NYSDOT Macks. 



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Autocar Mondays – Unique ACL

Check out this mighty fine ACL monster tow truck of Unique Towing and Recovery of Gananoque, Ontario. As far as ACL’s go they don’t look much tougher than this rig. Check out those dual stacks piped to (presumably) a Cat 3406b. Out back the muscle of the team comes in the form of a 60 ton rotator.

  Thanks to John for the share of the great truck. Do you have an Autocar that you would like to see featured on Autocar Mondays? Email today!

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Nevada DOT Snow Plows

When thinking of Nevada snow plows usually don’t come to mind but work your way into the mountainous areas around Lake Tahoe your mind set changes dramatically. Now in case you don’t believe me here is proof that such trucks exist.

Ain’t that Paystar something? Let’s look at it again.

Our skilled photographer, Ryan Pedone, was able to take a spin in the truck. He tells us that it scheduled to be surplussed next year. Get your checkbooks ready.

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Current Classics

People are always trying to figure out the next big thing. What should you collect now that will have value in the future? Who knows. Instead, focus on the classics of today.

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Marion 7500 Dragline Recovery

Has your car ever been stuck in snowbank before? Tractor stuck in the mud? Big rig spun on a patch of ice? Whatever the circumstances the recovery of your vehicle was probably much simpler than the efforts required to pull a Marion 7500 walking dragline out of subterranean cavern. The video below will walk you through the entire saga from start to finish with pictures and videos. *Spoiler Alert* If this ever happens to you be prepared to rent an army of dozers, scrapers, and rock trucks.

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Ford F-150 with Powerstroke

Ram was first to the market with a diesel power plant for a half ton truck and at the time more than a few wondered if the average consumer wanted to put up with the hassles of diesel, namely DEF fluid and noise. Of course their are advantages to a diesel that a gas engine simply can’t match when it comes to torque, fuel economy, and longevity. In the ever escalating war of pulling power it was only a matter of time before one of the other players jumped into the pool feet first. Say hello to the 2018 F-15o with the 3.0 L Power Stroke.

The 2018 F-150 Powerstroke will come with a best in class rating for horsepower at 250 along with a 440 foot pound of torque. All of this earth shattering power will be challenged through Fords 10 speed automatic transmission. Delieveries of the diesel powered F-150 will begin this spring. For complete details check out TruckTrend.

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Autocar Mondays – So Close

Yup. Autocar Mondays is still a thing around here. I had to get off my butt an go find this truck but I’m glad I did as I’ve been wondering about the fate of this rig for some time now. Maybe about 8 or 9 years ago I recall seeing this truck on a regular basis while driving to church. The majority of the time it had some sort of tanker behind it that I assume was hauling some sort of agriculture product. Possibly milk.

One fine spring morning while sitting in church attentively listing to the sermon this old beast came thundering down the road. I tried to ignore its call but I shifted a bit in my seat hoping to catch a glimpse of the truck trough the open window. I thought I had pulled a smooth move but out of the corner of my eye I saw my wife shaking her head with a smirk on her face. Don’t worry, she knew what she was getting into when she married me. 😉

Not long after this story the Autocar became a stranger to the roads. I’m sure it was still around but I never saw it. I did however begin to have regular meetings with its replacement, a generic white color Freightliner Cascadia. No offense to the Freightliner folk but it can’t hold a candle to this rig. Imagine my surprise when I happened across this old friend just five miles from house. Maybe now there we’re almost neighbors I’ll catch it on the roads again.

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18 Tons Trailer and Cargo

Face it. There is nothing to do outside other than succumb to the fearsome power that is the bombogenesis. Your best hope, your only hope, is to stay inside and watch old truck videos. A perfect candidate is this flim documenting the daily run of a trucker between Montreal and New York. Dispatchers, drivers, mechanics and dockmen all have their 15 seconds of fame in this little slice of trucking history. It’s fascinating to see how information was processed and tracked before the age of the computer. Something tells me that while the systems in place may not have been as fast as the electronics of today they were every bit as reliable, probably more so. Anyway, join our Canadian trucking brother has he carries his load of hockey sticks and maple syrup (no joke) to the Big Apple with a brief layover in Glens Falls for coffee!

Eye Witness No. 93, Hector Lemieux, offert par l’Office national du film du Canada

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Great Orme Vintage Vehicle Run 2013

Somewhere in the United Kingdom my doppelganger exists and is producing videos of a similar nature of the trucks shows I enjoy covering and sharing with you. This mystery videographer even has the same problem with people walking in front of his camera at the most inopportune moments. The struggle is universal. Watching the trucks roll on by I realized how little I know of British truck history. Sure, names like Folden and Leyland are familiar but ERF? That was a new one for me. If you’re a bus fan you particularly enjoy some of the fully loaded coaches making their way up the twisting mountain road. They certainly are different from anything I’ve seen before.

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