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Old November 28th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #61
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Or delivering drugs. You'll never know, we're Dutch
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Old November 28th, 2008, 08:15 PM   #62
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That's Germany at 2:22.
lol.. that's right... guess as there are no truck accidents in Mexico, he had to look for some photos on the web...
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Old November 28th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #63
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Okay, some stats about freight in the Netherlands.

Domestic:
Number of truck journeys in 2007: 484.240.000
Number of truck journeys per day on average: ~1.3 million
Tonnage in 2007: 565.992.000 metric tonnes

Dutch trucks international:
Number of truck journeys in 2006: ~22.000.000
Number of truck journeys per day on average: ~60.000
Tonnage in 2006: 140.806.000 metric tonnes

(hence international trucking is far more efficient for Dutch truckers)

Domestic freight:
Trucks: 565.992.000 tonnes
Trains: 5.441.000 tonnes

Percentage:

Trucks: 99,2%
Trains: 0,8%

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http://www.cbs.nl/nl-NL/menu/themas/...rs/default.htm
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Old November 29th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #64
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Well, as stated earlier, modern truck engines produce 600+ horsepower, so they won't be any slower than a regular lorry. And it's certainly no more difficult to overtake 2 25-metres than 3 18-metres. Accidents? Well, as long as their brakes are good enough (which they are, similar trucks have been hauling heavy loads, particularly lumber, for decades in Sweden), it shouldn't be too much of a problem. However, one might consider restricting their use to suitable roads - motorways, dual-lane carriageways, decent 2-laners. Just my two cents.
There are restrictions on where road trains can go here; for instance, they are not allowed in cities and at least two states have banned them altogether. They are mostly used in rural areas, but because of the low population density in Australia, there isn't enough traffic to warrant building dual carriageways in those areas, so you mostly find them on single carriageways with one lane each way.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:16 PM   #65
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More like delivering flowers. I live near a florist's shop and I often see trucks with Dutch license plates there. It totally occupies a bus station.
Yes you see trucks with NL licence plates everywhere
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #66
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Percentage:
Trucks: 99,2%
Trains: 0,8%
wow. what do you haul with trains?

rails for new lines?
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #67
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in romania mostly we see trucks with turkish license plates.they seem to be the best at truck transporting in that part of europe.the most unusual license plate i saw was one from tehran,iran, at giurgiu-russe border crossing.in romania is very hard to drive your truck because there are just 270kms of motorway.however, trucking in our country increased a lot since 2007, because turks mostly prefer now to tranzit romania instead of serbia on their way to western europe, due to much smaller waiting times at borders.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:42 PM   #68
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wow. what do you haul with trains?

rails for new lines?
Actually, this figure baffles me too. I didn't expect it to be 99,2%/0,8% but more like 92/8. However, I drove past the new Betuwe freight line yesterday, and this was one of the numerous times I didn't saw a single train on it.
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I read a newspaper article last week saying it was used pretty well. They're up to 150 trains a day now, but hoping to reach 6/700 a day AFAI remember.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:11 PM   #70
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Actually, this figure baffles me too. I didn't expect it to be 99,2%/0,8% but more like 92/8.
figures says its 99,1/0,9:

Domestic freight:
Trucks: 565.992.000 tonnes
Trains: 5.441.000 tonnes


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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #71
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I read a newspaper article last week saying it was used pretty well. They're up to 150 trains a day now, but hoping to reach 6/700 a day AFAI remember.

wow. thats only 4minutes gap between trains (calculating with 2 way traffic)
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #72
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It's meant to be used intensively. The problem is that the Germans thought this whole project was nonsense, so the line ends in Zevenaar, at the Dutch-German border, where it is connected to the normal railway network. I wonder if it can handle that
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #73
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Hopefully the german "brothers" will wake up and do something efficient they....so good at

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Old November 30th, 2008, 03:55 PM   #74
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Nice thread! (totally missed it, unfortunately). I'm trucking now for about half a year, and I love it. Dutch cities are really challenging though, and it sometimes gives a lot of stress since lots of city streets are practicly undoable by truck. I've got about 20 stops a day, and things like in the first pictures from Chris happen to me almost every day, even with just a 9 meter truck.

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I can't belive your major roads are so narrow.
Generally, major (rural) roads are wide enough (with some exceptions, like bridges). It are the new markings here that make them look much smaller. You’ll drive faster on the markings, but the chance to hit a oncoming vehicle isn’t bigger since the actual asphalt wide hasn’t become smaller.

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Apparantly, some Renault Magnums can reach 140 km/h in the Netherlands
In theory, every truck is able to drive 120/125 (or even more, if they’ve got enough hp like this magnum). It’s the vehicle limiter which disables them to drive more than 85/90 km/h. I’ve heard it isn’t that difficult to switch it off (just a certain insurer that needs to pulled off), but of course that’s very risky. Also since brakes aren’t designed on those kind of speeds…

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you mean like this:

But those aren’t European.

I think this is a better comparison: click
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Old November 30th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #75
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Interestingly, truck speed limits are much higher in the United States than Europe. In Europe it's mostly 80/90 km/h (50 - 55 mph), but in the US it can be as high as 75 mph (120 km/h).

For instance, in Texas, 70 miles per hour is allowed, which is 113 km/h.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #76
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In Alaska every vehicle (except some very heavy RV's) drive the same speed. The speed limit on most main roads is 55/65 mph (50 on the Dalton), but in good weather most vehicles are going 70/75 mph (we did faster though )
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:15 PM   #77
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Here are some trucks from india.
We like to decorate our trucks. It's always good to give a little personal touch!
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~olston/img/india_trucks.jpg
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/...MR0IE/610x.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/image...klineap466.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/155/3...8ff830.jpg?v=0
http://k43.pbase.com/g6/22/727322/2/...2.oN4w4r8i.jpg
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This thread is not meant to show off the biggest or nicest trucks driving in your country
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 05:12 PM   #79
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It lasted until page 4

They are nice though. The road on the last pic doesn't really look that save, btw
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True!
Oh well>
NO other way to get goods up there.
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