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Old January 16th, 2011, 10:46 PM   #481
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There's also a amount of space between a tractor and a semitrailer, it barely differs.
However, there are other disadvantages compared to a regular semi-trailer:

- total weight is a little higher (so there's a little less loading weight)
- loading/unloading needs uncoupling and 2 free docks (unless there's a through-loading system, which is quite expensive and not always practical)
- coupling and uncoupling demands more precision from the driver
- both box-truck and trailer need to be loaded/unloaded before driving off, while you easily can uncouple a semitrailer and couple an other one

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Old January 16th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #482
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Another advantage of semitrailers
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Old January 16th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #483
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Yes, but these forklifts are especially made to be transported on the back of the trailer. I know the dutch word for it, which is kooiaap (litterally translated: cagemonkey ) I know they're often used here for distribution to hardware stores.
Those are seen occasionally in my area, I don't really know what to call them other than a forklift.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #484
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A trailer carrying a "crane" (I don't know the exact word) to hel unloading the truck.
In England they call it "Moffet truck".
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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #485
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It's a forklift that's been specially built to be carried on the back of a truck or trailer in that fashion. The DIY chain Home Hardware and I believe Home Depot has them on some of their trucks.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #486
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Not every semitrailer is suitable for the HUPAC-system, they need to be modified for that. Apart from that, transfering regular sea containers is a more efficient way for using intermodal transport.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #487
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There are some prototypes of cranes that "hang" the semitrailers using, on one side, the wheels. I don't know how is the other side attached, but they are supposed to be usable with nearly any trailer.

There are other more expensive systems like the Modalohr, or some other similar systems still under test.

Containers and swap bodies are still the best systems but not everyone can, or want, to use them.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #488
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An unsuccesful system has been the roadrailer, that used strenghtened semitraler capable to mount rail boogies and to resist the bigger forces of a train. In Europe they were known as "kombirail".



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Old January 19th, 2011, 01:17 PM   #489
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Megaswing system, loading and unloading.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #490
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That is a very nice piece of technique, but I don't think that there's a lot of future for these things. It will be too expensive.

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Old January 19th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #491
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It's probable, the Roadrailer system proves that. A way to charge unmodified semitrailers on Hupac-style wagons would be better. As I said something like this is under study.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 06:55 PM   #492
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I was thinking, maybe it would be nice to show some specialities in trucking, since there's so much difference between the types of work and types of vehicles. I've done many different things in truck driving the last 3 years, so I can give you some background information.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 08:28 PM   #493
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Wonder how long the air line in the pic lasted. That's a lousy way to route it, since it's at high risk of rubbing on the rail bogie's wheel.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 06:25 PM   #494
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Army trucking in the Netherlands:

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2. This picture isn't zoomed and he kind of cut me off here.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 12:32 AM   #495
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Brazilian trucks:













That's what we call as roadtrain(or "rodotrem", in Portuguese) in Brazil.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 02:08 AM   #496
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European style
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Old January 26th, 2011, 04:01 AM   #497
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Yeah, in Brazil most of the trucks are in European "style". Major brands(heavyweight trucks) are: Volkswagen(now MAN Latin America), Scania, Volvo, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, and most recently MAN.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #498
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Swiss trucks: http://www.specialtrucks.ch/001_olaf...tartseite.html
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Old February 6th, 2011, 10:20 PM   #499
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Single axle semitrailer:



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An old Saurer (I suppose) truck used as snowplow. Note the steering wheel on the right to allow a better view of the side of the road.



A Rolba snowplow.



(all photos taken in January-February 2011)
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Old February 6th, 2011, 10:25 PM   #500
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A "lateral" forklift.





Strange way to park a trailer!



(all photos taken in an Alptransit Gotthard worksite in February 2011)
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