Aussie Road Trains

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Aussie Road Trains

Postby Dellycat » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:09 pm

I know other countries have trucks that haul a number of trailers.
These things can be big and fast and are bad enough on the sealed roads, but if you are on an unsealed road and a vast majority of our outback roads are unsealed, you move out of the way of them. They do not slow down or move over and they would win any arguement.
If you break down on a sealed road and have pulled over, or if you have a flat tyre and are changing it, you move away from your vehicle if one of these is heading to pass you. The force of the air as they pass has been known to knock a vehicle off it's jack during a tyre change.
On an unsealed road you can see these things coming for a long time because of the dust cloud they throw up as they move.
Trying to pass one of these things on the open road is dangerous as well, it is usually better to stay behind it or if one comes up behind you, just move over and let it go.


A tourist video of a road train in the outback, they had pulled over but still did not understand that the truck will not move over for them. See how close it passes and the speed it is doing

Yes that was a close call and I think by their reactions that they thought it was close as well and a change of underware was in order
We have been outback and had these trucks go past us and no matter how far you move over, they still seem to pass close because of the size of them and the speed they go.
Another thing, you make sure your windows are closed as well, that dust is not the best thing to eat and breath after a truck or another car has passed you, not to mention the fact that it gets into everything
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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Buddah James » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:08 pm

oh yes very impressive arn't they !! oh how i miss those days behind the wheel of these
lovely little things !!

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Postby caramel » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:37 pm

O.H used to drive as well. That's how we met, I was hitch hiking and he picked me up in 1994. So all you truckers careful who you pick up some times we don't leave.

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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Buddah James » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:08 pm

my lovely hitch hikers used to leave as they were to frighten by Max Snr
my rotti and not to forget the 303 rifle mounted to the roof for easy access
the 12 gauge shotgun attached to the rear of the drivers seat and the
45 magnum hand gun attached to the left side of drivers seat !! NO i wasn't
paranoid just cautious being out there on my own !! just think of the aussie
movie Wolfe Creek and you'll understand my reasons why i carried them !! as y'all never know what or how many psyco nut jobs are out there !!

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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Grizz » Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:36 pm

james wrote:oh yes very impressive arn't they !! oh how i miss those days behind the wheel of these
lovely little things !!


I don't! Spent nearly 10 years driving truck and I don't miss it at all. :thumbsup:
Over here, we have a two trailer limit. You folks don't seem to have a limit, do you? :don'tknow:
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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Jemm » Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:14 pm

not out that way ..
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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Buddah James » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:12 pm

Grizz in built up areas the max length of the truck and trailer
must not exceed 30 meters (90 feet if I'm correct) in length
but out in the country we can have up to 4 trailers max but
usually we do 3 trailers !! the reason i miss it is seeing all the
sites and the beautiful countryside we have !! as i prefer the
country to the city as it's untamed and yet so pure in it's beauty

but just lately our state government wants to lengthen the trucks by
another 5 meters (15 foot) so we can carry more which in turn means
less trucks in the built up areas !!

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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Dellycat » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:47 pm

That is interesting that the max is 4 trailers, I am sure we have seen trucks with more than that or maybe 4 is just friggin big when it passes you on a graded road....
I just asked the other half and he said he watched a show on foxtel sometime ago, he is looking for the video now, and in that video there are trucks with 6 trailers. He said he has seen trucks outback with more than 4 trailers but can't remember where.

This video is interesting, shows a number of 4 trailer rigs.


another one, I like the first truck in this as it is what we see most of the time when out back exploring


And finally bingo.. this video has the 6 trailer truck (about 1 minute in) which operates in the Northern Territory, other trucks look like they are in the north of this state by the number plates. You might enjoy this James :smile:
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Re: Aussie Road Trains

Postby Buddah James » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:21 pm

thnxs delly i did enjoy the clips !! when i posted yesterday i was quoting
the W.A rules and Regs governing road trains !! i think in the N.T they
are allowed to attach more trailers but I'm not 100 % certain !!


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