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Film Promotes Pennsylvania RR's TrucTrain Service in the 1950s

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The guy on the running board is there strictly for the camera, because drivers in piggyback terminals were very good at backing trailers onto flatcars. Photo: Pennsylvania Railroad/Classic Trains

June 23, 2017

Trucking is called "a great industry," and footage shows how many trailers were traveling by rail instead of on crowded highways. That's still a good idea.

Tags: Piggybacking, Intermodal, Driver Shortage

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 23, 2017 6:14 AM | » Comments(0)

'Bomb Carts' Haul Containers at Busy Port of Charleston

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

TICO terminal tractor and shuttle chassis carry off a pair of 20-foot ocean-going containers. The trailer can also carry  a single 20- and a single 40-foot "box." Photo: Tom Berg

June 16, 2017

A Pro-Shuttle has a floor of stout steel beams with short, slanted sides that guide a container into place as the gantry crane lowers it. For the short trips within the port, containers are not tied down. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Ports, Containers, Port Trucking, Container Chassis, TICO, Intermodal

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 16, 2017 1:22 PM | » Comments(0)

New York Times Paints Portrait of Truckers' Lives on the Road

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Screenshot via New York Times website.

June 12, 2017

The New York Times recently ran a piece about the lives of truck drivers that may not have helped raise the profile of truck driving as a potential career, but it and a follow-up piece did paint a colorful portrait of the life of a trucker, as Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Image, Truck Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, June 12, 2017 3:25 PM | » Comments(0)

Smithco's Side-Dumper Is Strictly for Off-Road Running

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Really big rig pauses while Western Star dealers and customers listen to presenters at the Michelin Proving grounds in South Carolina. Photos: Tom Berg

June 9, 2017

While pulling the Smithco tipper, a Western Star 6900XD acted as a tractor, but it’s really a straight truck fitted with a fifth-wheel kit. This is part of Carco Industries' MBT-40 Multi-Body Transformer system. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor.

Tags: Western Star, Palfinger, Extreme Duty Trucks, Smithco

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 9, 2017 8:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Trump Sticks to Vague Infrastructure Script

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: U.S. DOT

June 7, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen gives his take on the latest words on infrastructure from President Trump.

Tags: Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Bicyclists Were Original Advocates for Good Roads

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Rutted dirt was the rule on rural roads, like this one in Arizona. Rains made them muddy quagmires. Tall wheels with narrow tires worked well in these conditions. Photos: America on the Move

June 2, 2017

Motorists and truckers can thank touring "wheelmen" and isolated farmers for together pressuring lawmakers to improve primitive dirt byways, notes Tom Berg in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 2, 2017 7:45 AM | » Comments(1)

Driver Keeps Hands Off As Eaton System Docks a Trailer

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Dock Assist tractor pushes van toward a simulated loading dock at a creep speed. It’s very slow, but precise. Photos: Tom Berg

May 26, 2017

Docking was precise and gentle, but it took much more time than an operator would have patience for. However, as development continues, the system should get faster and more capable.

Tags: Trailers, Autonomous Vehicles, Eaton

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, May 26, 2017 8:46 AM | » Comments(0)

'Welcome to Washington...'

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

President Trump's 2018 Budget Photo: White House Office of Management and Budget

May 25, 2017

Are we on a highway to nowhere? In his Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen delves into what President Trump's budget proposal has to say about fixing and building America's roads and bridges.

Tags: ATA, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, White House

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Recharge Your Brain for Better Business

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

May 25, 2017

Skimping on vacation may be the worst thing you can do for your business, your career, and your mental health. In her All That's Trucking blog, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge follows up on the HDTX keynote speech with some thoughts on giving your brain what it needs to be innovative.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:39 AM | » Comments(0)

Seeing Safe Driving and Self-Driving as Going Hand in Hand

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Mercedes Benz Actros cabover fitted with Daimler AG’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous-driving system. Photo: David Cullen

May 4, 2017

An engineering expert contends that contends that autonomous driving and vehicle safety advances shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. David Cullen has more in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: NPTC, Autonomous Vehicles, University of Alabama

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, May 4, 2017 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED talk in Vancouver on April 29. Source: Twitter

May 2, 2017

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Talking Trucking at the White House

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

America's Road Team drivers at the White House. Photo: ATA

April 28, 2017

So what was it like getting to park a couple of semi trucks on the White House Lawn and shake hands with the president of the United States? Deborah Lockridge shares some of ATA Chairman Kevin Burch's comments in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: ATA, Donald Trump, Infrastructure, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 28, 2017 2:29 PM | » Comments(2)

How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The end of paper logbooks may be just what the industry needs to make its case about unrealistic hours of service regulations. Photo: Jim Park.

April 14, 2017

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 14, 2017 6:02 AM | » Comments(6)

Knight-Swift: A Merger of Mindsets

Blog commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 12, 2017

Executive Editor David Cullen says if any two companies were made for each other, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation were. After plowing through the transcript of the conference call held for analysts to disclose the impending birth of a new trucking behemoth — Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. — he explains why in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Knight-Swift, Mergers & Acquisitions

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)

CNN Highlights Trucking's Role in Fighting Human Trafficking

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Inland Kenworth will auction off a special KW T680 "Everyday Heroes" truck in June and donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking. Here the truck is on display at FlowBelow's booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting earlier this year. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

April 12, 2017

CNN tells the story of human trafficking through the eyes of a trucker who was responsible for the liberation of a 20-year-old abused and tortured sex slave. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media, Human trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

April 7, 2017

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

Tags: Cybersecurity, Terrorism

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:04 PM | » Comments(2)

EPA Aims to Toss Away SmartWay

Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

April 4, 2017

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen weighs in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to eliminate the agency's voluntary fuel-saving SmartWay program as part of budget cuts under the Trump administration.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, April 4, 2017 2:22 PM | » Comments(15)

Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your wishes after your gone without a will. Photo by Jim Park

February 9, 2017

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:14 PM | » Comments(0)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(1)

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