Monthly Archive: May 2017

Comfort for the Truckie

Since when has comfort for the truckie become a priority? One of the changes which still rankles for me is the way the fixtures and fittings in trucks became so much better just after I had ended my full-time truck driving career, nearly twenty years ago. After a long career dealing with cramped cabins, unsuspended seats and under-powered engines, it seems that the contemporary driver gets all of the latest creature comforts.

Comfort for the Truckie

Of course, this is not necessarily the case and many drivers are driving something twenty years old, or older. However, a lot of the latest line-haul trucks are well appointed and comfortable places to live. They have to be if the drivers are expected to live in them week in, week out.

Expectations have changed and so has technology. The fridges of old were clunky, unreliable and liable to flatten the battery. Cooking could be achieved with a camping gas stove and, if you could get a signal, the crackly radio was your entertainment system.

The truck on test by Diesel would be at once familiar, and also completely unfamiliar, to the traditional truckie of yore. The base truck underneath is little changed and the outside of the truck retains traditional, but the inside of the cabin is a bit of a revelation to the unsuspecting truckie climbing in.

There are a couple of hints this is a special truck. The LED road light array attached to the bull bars is clearly different. In fact, in the centre of the top road light there is a gap, just large enough to fit a GoPro camera to act as a dash cam and provide a picture of the area in front of the bull bars, visible to the driver on a small screen to help them be aware of anyone or anything out of sight in front of the bonnet.

This is not the only camera on the outside. There is also one mounted next to the nearside air cleaner, with a good view of the prime mover’s blind spot. Again, this image can be seen on the LCD screen inside the cabin.

This truck is the Western Star Road Star, built to celebrate 50 years of Western Star Trucks since the company was started as a division of the White Motor Company, back in 1967. The truck is designed as a limited edition, intended to show the traditional virtues of the big Star 4900, but with the addition of state-of-the-art truck interior including all of the latest gadgets, gizmos and home comforts.

Comfort for the Truckie

This truck has been touring Australia, and Diesel News got a chance to move it from Adelaide to Melbourne, pulling a fully loaded trailer. This was a test drive for the 4900, but it was also a test drive of those little luxuries a truckie dreams of having in their truck.

However, as a test drive we do have to talk about the truck itself and how it drives. This specification is the one chosen by many as the prime mover to do most jobs, but not pulling a 36-pallet B-double set.

This is the Western Star 4964 FXT, with power coming from a Detroit, the DD15, rated at 560hp (412kW) at 1,800rpm and putting out 2,500Nm (1,850 ft lb) of torque at 1,200rpm. The front and rear axles are Meritor with 46 160 GP Rs at the back, running with a rear axle ratio of 4.3:1. The wheelbase is 5,800mm with a 1,475mm overhang at the rear.

Veering away from the traditional spec, but becoming more accepted year on year is the Ultrashift Plus transmission. Controlled by a simple push-button control on the dash, this leaves plenty of room between the seats to wander around a spectacular cabin interior and enjoy the comfort and space.

Trucker fighting for life after blaze engulfed lorry as he slept inside leaving him with burns over 60 per cent of …


Bryan Burns would put in a coma and given a 50 per cent chance of survival by medics after cab inferno

A TRUCKER is battling for his life after a horror blaze engulfed his cab as he slept.

Bryan Burns, 40, woke up to find flames at his feet before managing to flee the lorry inferno.

Bryan Burns is being treated in hospital

Bryan Burns is being treated in hospital

The dad-of-two struggled to a nearby truck and banged on the door to raise the alarm.

He was taken to hospital where medics gave him a 50 per cent chance of surviving and put him in a coma.

Bryan suffered burns over 60 per cent of his body — including his legs, right arm and torso — in the truck blaze in Cowdenbeath.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but his colleague Gary Hempseed believes it could have been caused by an aerosol can or a fault with the vehicle.


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He said: “The burns are all down the lower half of his legs, where what we think is a cannister has gone off.

“The lorries usually have air fresheners that go off every few minutes, so we think this may have sparked it.

“The engine was off and the company first thought it was his mobile that set it off, but it’s either been the cans or a problem with the HGV.”

Bryan, of Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, went to sleep in the bunk bed at around 10.40pm before the fire broke out 20 minutes later.

He was rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, then transferred to the burns unit at St John’s in Livingston.

Gary said: “Over the last few days he’s improving.

HGV just like Bryan's lorry

HGV just like Bryan’s lorry

“Before it was a 50/50 chance he would get through it but now it’s 60/40.

“It’s going to be a long process though. He will be there for a few weeks, if not months getting better.”

Pals have set up a Just Giving page in a bid to raise £3,000 to help Bryan’s family while he is recovering.

Gary, of Dunfermline, added: “Bryan’s a good lad, he’s a grafter and would do anything for anyone. I set up the page to help this family.”

Bryan’s employers MGS Logistics declined to comment while they investigate the incident.

Police and the fire service confirmed they are also probing the blaze.

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Todays Trade: Hilton Grand Vacations Inc (HGV) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research

According to Zacks, “Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC, a division of Hilton Worldwide, is engaged in hospitality business. It markets and operates vacation ownership resorts. The company also manages and serves club membership programs which include Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R) and The Hilton Club(R). It operates primarily in USA, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland and Thailand. Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. “

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc (NYSE:HGV) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday. The firm presently has a $41.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research‘s price objective suggests a potential upside of 12.89% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts also recently commented on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. started coverage on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $37.00 target price for the company. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations in a report on Thursday, April 20th. Instinet boosted their target price on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations from $32.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 2nd. Finally, Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 target price on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations in a report on Friday, May 5th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $36.75.

Shares of Hilton Grand Vacations (NYSE:HGV) traded down 1.43% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $35.80. 30,154 shares of the company were exchanged. Hilton Grand Vacations has a one year low of $24.60 and a one year high of $37.21. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.55 billion and a PE ratio of 20.85. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $33.84 and a 200-day moving average price of $30.46. Hilton Grand Vacations (NYSE:HGV) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, March 1st. The company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $415 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $397.58 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Hilton Grand Vacations will post $1.90 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Mark D. Wang purchased 28,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 17th. The shares were bought at an average price of $36.08 per share, with a total value of $1,010,240.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 312,325 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,268,686. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. About Hilton Grand Vacations

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc is a timeshare company that markets and sells vacation ownership intervals (VOIs), manages resorts in leisure and urban destinations, and operates a points-based vacation club. The Company operates its business across two segments: Real Estate Sales and Financing, and Resort Operations and Club Management.

Tow truck driver discovers body inside car parked in Dilworth Walmart parking lot

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DILWORTH — A tow truck driver found a body inside a car parked by the Dilworth Walmart.

Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe said Ed’s Towing sent a truck to remove a car believed to be abandoned in the employee parking area about 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 31.

While hooking up the car to be towed, the driver saw someone on the floor of the car covered with a blanket. Police were called, and they found the body.

Sharpe said it appeared the person, who has not yet been identified, died while asleep.

The body was sent to Ramsey County for an autopsy. The investigation into the death is ongoing, Sharpe said.

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Driver Killed In Transport Truck Crash Near Chatsworth

( file photo by Jason Viau)

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One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash involving a transport truck south of Chatsworth.

The Ontario Provincial Police say on Tuesday around 8:52pm, a white BMW collided with the transport truck on Hwy. 10 between Grey County Rd. 40 and Hatten Dr.

The driver of the BMW was pronounced dead at the scene. Police aren’t releasing the person’s name until the next of kin have been notified.

The driver of the transport was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Hwy. 10 was closed between Grey County Rd. 40 and Hatten Dr. while the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit was at the scene. The road was reopened around 7am on Wednesday.

Police say the investigation is in its early stages.


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