Monday, 19 May 2008

Road trains

The only thing to remember is that road trains are like supertankers — they take a long time to reach cruising speed, a long time to stop and they don't give way to anyone.

So it's kind of exciting to encounter one of these 50 m (160') monsters on a one-lane road.

You can't drop your nearside wheels on to the gravel, as you can with other traffic. You have to get right off the nail file of bitumen and stop. Or become a hood ornament. The choice is yours.

Big but not as big as the ore trucks


Dave Coulter said...

That's very interesting. I wonder if that idea could apply to moving people as well?

Anonymous said...

Come up to the NT and drive the Buntine Highway SW of Katherine to the Victoria River District - we call these little 6-deck fellas(2 decks of cattle per trailer) 'utes' up here (utilities or 'pick-ups' for our North American cousins). Travel the Buntine and you commonly see "8-deckers" (2 decks of cattle per trailer) screaming at you like a Balrog (see Tolkien) out of the dust - generally very courteous drivers - however the best strategy is always to get off the 'road' and let them pass.

Snail said...

Domestic air travel is the equivalent, I think, dave.

W, there were four-trailer ore trucks on the Kennedy. I guess they were hauling nickel from Greenvale but I'm not certain.

Haven't quite worked out what happens if two trucks meet going in opposite directions. I presume they talk to each other on the radio to sort things out beforehand.