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« on: January 06, 2009, 09:01:58 am »

Courtesy of John Lambert, for his father Frank Lambert,
who was an early pioneer interstate driver.

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Town of Windsor WW2 petrol rationing, on left charcoal burner on truck switch motor to gas after hot from petrol start.

Driver Bill Phillips middle 1950's start of Nullabor Plain, Sth Australia, heading west.

Frank and Harry early 50's Standard Vanguard car new, note fly boots leather jackets, winter on the Hume.

Driver Ron Andrews Albion Clydesdale 4cyl diesel 30ft s/axle trailer topspeed 50 km/h.

International R190 petrol and early Pantech Breadalbane Plains south of Goulborn heavy fog Edmund T Lennon truck slowly finding way through fog R190 came up behind and too late clipped rear ETL truck about 1957-8, driver ok. I was first to drive it. Had trouble selling idea of closed van, customers wanted gate sides and Tarps, in case they needed an extra inch or two!!!

Mercury Transport Albion, start of Nullabor Plain, Sth Australia , heading west. Platform behind cabin called "Hungry Board" to throw a little extra weight on steer axle. This time there are extra fuel drums to syphon into chassis tanks out in the middle of " no where". No fuel till Norseman WA. Note tyres on top of load, We had to be able to change our own tyres and tubes with compressor off gearbox. Only took extra over to the west.

East Coast transport bonneted AEC in the Tarcutta Bog about 20 mile of flooded Hume highway disappeared.winter 1955-6? "Submarine Hiway" Gov put "temporary" 5 ton limit on alternative Wagga road to stop us going that way. highway closed for days. We were forced to wait till opened. I was driving burnt 190 at the time.

Piggyback on Trans Continental "Tea and Sugar" freight train, stops all stops for supplies to the fettler camps. Coming east bound from Kalgoolie. Note empty car carrier, freight hard to get from west to east, took anything or empty about 1958

"Cover Girl" 1st goose neck low loader type car carrier in Australia,with a load of Standard Vanguard Sedans circa 1952. Commer model R7 six cyl. slant petrol motor, under seat,The trailer has Single wheel's only, not duels, fitted with Michelin Tyres, one each side of trailer.

Known as "Quick silver" by it's driver (Ray),the "Bus" by the yard staff  and the "Green Ghost" by the authorities, this was the fastest truck in Australia. built on an early 50's AEC Regal bus chassis. This is the truck featured in the Rockin sheep story.circa 1954

"The road to the Golden West"   start of the Nullabor Plain heading west. c.1956. That was the best bit there was.It got progresively worse.

Early 1950's Albion Clydsdale 4 cyl 32 mph top speed. Off to perth. The first of these trips was around 1952/3.This picture was donated by Marie Roberts.

Eucla, 1955,  This house was built for telegraph personel, when the line was run across the plain it was put in as a repeater station, as the telegraph signal was  not strong enough  to go all the way across.

Remains of the telegraph station, a couple of hundred yards from the house. At different times it would be covered with sand completely maybe for 6 months.

One of the gates on the Nullabor plain.

SA &WA border sign post !!!!

A couple of places these tanks were put on the plain but very seldom had water.

The Nullarbor Kid and his trusty .45 Colt, we both had many funny stories in the book. Taken beside the old telegraph station wall at Eucla. c.1955.

Rabbit for dinner??

20th century covered wagons, Nullarbor Plain. 1955. Drivers are Jim Boler(in the Albion), Garry Freeman  &  Reg Shaw (in the AEC's).

Below is a frontal shot of these three trucks

The Albion and 2 AEC Matadors. Taken on the same trip as picture above. Summer, 1955.

315 Mercedes Benz, pictured are Ray Gilleland, Don Barnard and Frank Catlin. 1959 Sydney haulage terminal St. Peters.

One of the better sections of Nullabor Plain, mid 1950's.

My HD Albion. 1958. Home made sleeper cabin, with water and fuel tanks underneath bunk and early air cleaner on roof. I was wanted, so only moved at night mostly. I Called her "The Moonlight Gambler"

1955. Albion, HD model. The salt pans near Norseman, Western Australia.

A wider picture showing sand around old telegraph office.

2nd from right Frank Lambert, others unknown.taken in the Kangaroo valley.c.1949.

GMC 6x6 ex army. Late 1940's.

Frank lambert with GMC 6x6 ex army. late 1940's.

Peter Diprose, worked for father Bert, owned Flowerdale saw mill Liverpool.Late 1940's.

The start of Balmain Transport, later part of Mercury Transport.  Albion Clydsdale and Ford with Hercules Deisel. Note the horse and cart in back ground late 40's.

Mercury Transport, Ingles St, Port. Melbourne  c.1960.

My fleet of from left Fuso, Ford D400, New Chev C60 (built in Mexico) and strorage wharehouse c.1975. The Green wall on front right next door building  is Grace Bros. depot. Henchman Ave. Miami, Gold Coast. I was the founder of S.P. Removals and sold it in 1983.

Freightliner FLC112 with 50th Anniversary trailer for Seaton's.

Kenworth K100, Fleet No. 83. Part of Seatons shuttle fleet in the 1960's. 6 cyl Catetpillar engine.

Jack Seaton Kenworth K100, No.83, with Caterpilar  tractor on.

Cover Girl waiting for load of vanguard cars in Melbourne with 1st low loader goose neck car carrier in Australia, Early 50's.
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