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Book On Trailer Manufacturing History Recalls Personal Stories

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

An article in ATHS's Wheels of Time summarizes the book content during the first 50 years of trailer manufacturing.

February 9, 2018

U-boat attacks on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts early in World War II forced hauling of petroleum by truck, the interesting volume says.

Tags: History, Tankers, Trucking History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, February 9, 2018 12:44 PM | » Comments(0)

Talbert Celebrates Removable Gooseneck’s 70th Anniversary

News and blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Present-day gooseneck low-bed trailer is one of many heavy-haul products made by today’s Talbert Manufacturing, now in Rensselaer, Indiana.

November 14, 2017

The mechanical gooseneck revolutionized equipment loading by eliminating the need to drive machinery up and over the trailer tires, says Talbert. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Gooseneck, Heavy-haul trailers, Lowboy Trailers, Trailers, History, Trucking History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:37 AM | » Comments(0)

A Fruehauf Lowboy Carried Palomar Observatory's Mirror

At 20 feet in diameter and weighing 28,000 pounds, the load was big, heavy and priceless.

Massive mirror was placed on a supporting and adjustment structure at the observatory. Photo via Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society

June 17, 2015

What transpired was a meticulously planned two-day journey involving Belyea Truck Co. and Pacific Crane & Rigging, plus support vehicles, California Highway Patrol motorcycle escorts, and cars bearing press reporters and photographers.

Tags: Heavy Haul, History, Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Cold in Roanoke, a Shiny Overnite Rig, and a Volunteer Named Wizzy. How About That?

It was really cold when Senior Editor Tom Berg toured the Transportation Museum of Virginia in Roanoke, and found a brighter-than-life Overnite rig.

Stainless steel sides of '47 Fruehauf were so bight it was difficult to shoot a photo.

January 24, 2014

Piggyback and container trains were running on an O-gauge model railroad, and little big rigs were backed into loading docks, just like in the real world.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Railroads, Museums, Trailers, History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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