1925 --- Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics considered in truck design J. B. Baillargeon Express introduces Canada's first Aerodynamics rig. The truck and trailer cost about $250,000 to build and boasts an engine with approximately 400 hp. In 1998 money, that's equivalent to a price tag of about $2 million.
The most popular tractor on that run, at that time, was the Autocar. The, (what I called) old cast iron single axel Autocar. With no scales to worry about, it was heavy framed, and the 220 Cummins engine, opened up for all it could get. In the daylight, the long trail of black smoke coming out the stack, told the cars to move over. At night, the flames belching out of the stack, let you know that they were on the move, and taking over control on the narrow winding road. I believe that they were the first, that I know of in Eastern Canada, to incorporate a MOOSE bumper, on the front of the tractor. The winter conditions on that run, could really be treacherous. The high crowned narrow road left no room for error. Many a driver, never made it home in one piece, if at all. There were grades of 14%, passing through small towns on the main street. Another at around 19%, down through a gorge to the river, making an almost right angle turn at the waters edge. Some drivers today shudder at the Rocky Mountain grades on easy going turnpikes. These hills (Mountains) in Eastern Canada were nothing to sneer at. In the case of the gorge hill, they eventually bored a tunnel through the mountain to ease the grade.
As time moves on, nothing stands still. The trucking companies come and go. In this instance, --- There were 3 companies that went belly up.
DUMONT EXPRESS LTEE. --- Their main route --- MONTREAL, to QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC.
CENTRAL TRUCK LINES LTD. --- Their main route --- MONTREAL, to NORTH BAY, ONTARIO.
BOYD'S EXPRESS LINES LTD. --- Their main route --- MONTREAL, SHERBROOKE, and,
The bank took the 3 bankrupt
companies over, and put
them all into one called DCB, (Derived from the first letter of each of the
companies names) built them
a brand new Montreal terminal and hired a consulting firm to get the
outfit in to a situation where they could be sold, and sold they were,
to Brazeau transport in 1976.... which became Cabano, and which in
OTHER HAPPENINGS IN THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY, --- (Trucking is always on the move, one way or the other.)
Champlain ran Montreal Three Rivers and
Quebec City. Champlain, who bought Sept Isle Express, and finally got taken up
by TNT, and became TNT Quebec, then TNT Overland and finally TST Overland, which
is now Transforce.
Earlier type equipment running the North Shore, (St Laurence River), Province of Quebec.
Left, Canadian built Sicard, Centre, Canadian built "B" Model Mack, and Right, Canadian White, Western Star.
Many other photos and descriptions will be added at a later date.
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