BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Collection

DS Scott Transport

DS Scott Transport

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DS Scott History

DS Scott Transport was formed in 1957/58 when owner-operator Doug Scott left bankrupt London-Vancouver Express and went out on his own. Starting with 6 trucks DS Scott would eventually have terminals in London and Toronto Ontario, Vancouver British Columbia and Montreal Quebec. Foodstuffs, perishables and general freight were the commodities haulled from the west coast of Canada to eastern Canada and into New York City itself. Around the mid-60s additional authority was granted to carry goods to Moncton New Brunswick.

Most of the over the road linehaul equipment was pretty standard for the time - Freightliners, cab-over Kenworths and Hayes cab-overs. City equipment was originally provided by White trucks - a 3000 White in Vancouver and one in Toronto at one time. Eventually Vancouver would have an Autocar tandem for a city tractor.

Much of the linehaul equipment was provided by owner-operators. Company linehaul tractors would originally be powered by the then pretty well standard 250-hp Cummins diesel but as the company progressed, so did the equipment. For a short while, company trucks were equipped with the 240-hp Caterpillar 1673 engine - an engine which put out much more power than it's rating indicated: if stopped on a grade for any reason, the clutch had to be "slipped" in order to move otherwise the engine would stall.

Eventually a contract was obtained haulling diesel engine parts between London Ontario and Vancouver BC for General Motors Diesel so all company trucks would evetually be powered by Detroit Diesel engines.

City equipment in the mid-60s would be mostly Chevrolet straight trucks and B-Series GMC single-axle tractors. In time these would be replaced with city trucks from Dodge - L Series straight trucks and C-Series tractors. In fact, towards the last years of operation the Dodge C-Series tractors were equipped with 5 x 4 transmissions and full tandem drive!

Reitmier Truck Lines of British Columbia was purchased in the mid-60s to provide service into the interior of British Columbia.

Hockey great Eddie Shack would spent possibly 2 summers on hiatus from the Toronto Maple Leafs as a sales representative for DS Scott Transport.

Late in the '60s, new owners took over DS Scott Transport. The familiar black and white green striped tractors were replaced with all-white tractors with two black stripes on them that met at an X at the grille. Line haul drivers would be domiciled on the west coast alone (See Don Querciagrossa's comments on his Alltrans Express page).

Eventually DS Scott would be paired with Gill Interprovincial Lines Limited, already a part of the Australian-owned TNT Alltrans Group. At the time of this change, Gill did not have over-the-road authority while DS Scott did, it was changed into TNT Kwikasair about 1970/71 and continued until it was shut down.

TNT would eventually turn the Maritime Canada portion of the DS Scott license back to Doug Scott. He would operate again as Seaboard Express Lines, still using the familiar black, white and green-striped colours. Seaboard was never a really large operation, 4 or 5 over the road trucks at most, but it was eventually purchased by Speedway Express of Nova Scotia. Speedway Express would eventually be purchased by Brazeau Transport.

History of DS Scott by Doug McKenzie

DS Scott Pictures

D.S. Scott #120 Autocar taken in June 1960 at the Flood Cafe and Truck Stop. Driver's name is Wells Hooker. Here is a D.S. Scott Canadian Kenworth.
This is from Ken Goudy's Collection.
DS Scott Kenworth #155 at Lookout Pass
at the Idaho State Line. Barry Simpson driver.
Here is a 60's Canadian Kenworth cab-over hauling for DS Scott. As stated in Doug McKenzie's history of DS Scott, this would have been taken in the late 60's. Photographer is unknown, as is the driver of this Kenworth. The picture is from the BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Yearbook, June 26 & 27, 1999 edition.

D. S. Scott in the News

Three Killed in Highway Crash

Three men were kllled and burned in an eery highway crash Tuesday evening at 8.30 p.m. six miles west of Gull Lake. The impact between a two ton truck belonging to the Hutterites of Raymond, Alberta and a power unit cab over engine transport owned by D. S. Scott Transport Ltd. of London, Ontario, occured on No. 1 highway on a clear stretch of road on a calm winters night.

The driver of the transport was Clint Smith, 37 of North Surrey, B.C., his companion driver was Henry Unrau, 35 of Vancouver, and driver of the Hutterite truck was Sam Hofer, 22 of Raymond, Alberta. All three were killed instantly. Two passengers with Hofer, Jake and Frank Kleisner of Raymond were taken to the Maple Creek Hospital as the transport was on fire and blocking the highway to Gull Lake. One was released Tuesday night and it is expected the other would be discharged on Wednesday. The latter two men were thrown clear upon impact and it is believed this is the reason for their survival.

Trucks Burst Into Flames
The trucks burst into fire on impact. Two transports owned by Gill Interprovincial Lines of Vancouver were driving west ahead of the ill-fated Scott Transport. The drivers saw the flash of fire in their rear view mirrors and hurried back. They made an attempt at rescue but couldn't see the drivers in the cab. Their charred remains were found under the left front wheel. The drivers of all three units had eaten supper together in Swift Current where one had stated, prophetically, that this was his last trip.

The Hutterites were heading east wjth a load household furniture to Val Maries where they are forming a new colony. Parts of their truck and their belongings were scattered over a wide area. The transport was traveling from Ontario to Vancouver and had a cargo of cans, barrels and drums which burst or exploded sending parts flying through the air. The heat of the fire was so intense that it was impossible to remove the transport from the road and the highway remained blocked until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Vehicles were lined up on either side for miles. The Gull Lake Fire Brigade were called to the scene and poured a thousand gallons of water onto the fire enabling men to get close enough to get a chain on the burning wreckage and haul it off beside the highway.

Jack May of Swift Current, coroner, stated no inquest would be held.

George Reid and Jim Piechotta of the Department of Highways assisted with the road grader and snowplow.

Gull Lake RCMP were at the scene very quickly and were assisted by Highway Patrol officers who were near Webb at the time and Maple Creek RCMP who were also out on the highway at the time of the accident.

Accident happened on February 1, 1966 at 2030 . This news clipping is from the Gull Lake Advance - Thursday February 3, 1966

Weather Report
January 25th to January 31, 1966
  High Temp (F) Low Temp (F)
25th 6 -26
26th -19 -21
  2" snow
27th -16 -22
  1" snow
28th -15 -28
29th -1 -15
30th 15 -10
31st 10 -9
Month High Temperature
Low Temperature
January 1965 43 on January 15 -32 on January 8
January 1966 38 on January 8 -32 on January 20

January 1965 Average High 14
  Average Low -4
January 1966 Average High 6
  Average Low -12

January 1965 Snow 13.5"
January 1966 Snow 8"
Here is a picture of a Hayes Clipper cabover owned by Herman Hass when the truck was leased to D.S. Scott. Drivers Henry Unrau and Pee Wee Gill. For more information on this truck, go to Doug's Hayes Page. Doug McKenzie Collection.

Fiery Smash Kills Two B.C. Truckers

Two Vancouver area truck driver died Tuesday night near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan in a flaming head-on collision.

RCMP identified the victims as Clint Smith, 37, or 13232 65A Avenue, North Surrey and Henry Unrau, about 35, of 3025 East Fifth, Vancouver.

Smith and Unrau, drivers for D.S. Scott Transport Ltd./ 345 Harbor Avenue, North Vancouver, were returning to the coast from Toronto with a load of general freight.

The driver of a second truck, Sam Hofer, 22, of the Hutterrite colony at Raymond, Alberta, also was killed. Hofer was moving personal effects for a group of Hutterites moving from Raymond to a colony in Saskatchewan.

Police said two passengers in Hoffer's three-ton vehicle -- brothers Jake and Frank Kleinser of Raymond --- were injured when they were thrown out of the cab. They are in good condition in hospital at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

An RCMP spokesman said: "One truck apparently crowded the other on a straight, clear stretch of pavemment. They met head-on, bounced apart, and both burst into flames."

In Vancouver, D. S. Scott terminal manager Dick Giroux said Smith and Unrau were both married and each had two children.

A Note from Bruce Harger:

Henry Unrau and our member PeeWee Gill were the regular team on 142. Due to a breakdown 10 days earlier PeeWee was on a different team and was replaced by Clint Smith who was on his last trip for D.S. Scott.

At the time of this trip D.S. Scott was running Hwy One to Moose Jaw and then south to US 2 to Port Huron (where the trucks were registered) and then via Blue Water Bridge to Ontario. This routing was from the opening of Rogers Pass in 1962 until mid 1966 after which the trucks went via Northern Ontario. Before the Rogers opened the BC-Ontario companies crossed the border at Blaine.

DS Scott Drivers Kidnapped

A Note from Bruce Harger, re the Hi-Jacking

After Cliff and his partner were rescued by OPP at Thessalon, their rig was still missing. Several days later D.S. Scott in Toronto had a call from an irate resident complaining about one of their rigs blocking the homeowners driveway. It was the missing rig minus the cigarettes but with all the other freight intact including a large shipment of Kodak products worth more than the smokes.

Three residents of Hawkesbury were charged and convicted of armed robbery of Cliff and his partner and ten other hi-jackings.

DS Scott Kenworth #126 with dedicated trailer for Rothman's Cigarettes.

This photo of 126 with a trailer advertising Rothman's and his co-driver Bill Nash is by it's regular driver, our member Wade Baker. It shows a similar tractor trailer to the one stolen from Cliff Miske and his team partner for that trip Dave Lukiv.

Alex Poochuck standing beside a John Reitmier GMC in May 1960 at the Flood Cafe and Truck Stop. Rueben Martens and his John Reitmier GMC taken in April 1960 at the Flood Cafe and Truck Stop. Brian Loney driving for John Reitmier Truck Lines and Mike Duddy taken at the Flood Truck Stop and Cafe in the 1960's.
John Reitmier got his license from the PUC in 1957 to haul for W.H. Malkin from Vancouver to Kelowna and Nelson. During 1962 he applied for and received a license to haul general freight from Vancouver to Prince Rupert (deliveries starting in Vanderhoof). Doug Scott saw an opportunity in this and made John an offer and took over in 1965. This gave D.S. Scott the ability to haul fish from Pr. Rupert to the east.
Here is a picture of a Canadian Kenworth dromedary that was owned by Reitmier. Reitmier was purchased in the mid-60s by D.S.Scott Transport. Doug McKenzie Collection. This Kenworth was owned by Don Gray. Here is a picture of the rig when he hauled for D.S. Scott. Kevin Duddy Collection. London Vancouver Express Hayes, which was the originating company of D.S. Scott. Kevin Duddy Collection.

Dick Giroux when he was made a terminal manager at DS Scott and Vern Kross the Vice President and Director. Dick Giroux Collection. DS Scott Transport Hayes rigs. The drivers of Number 142 were killed in an accident in a Saskatchewan blizzard in 1966. Dick Giroux Collection. Here is a picture of a DS Scott Kenworth that was featured on a record cover, "Truck Driving Man" by Dick Nolan. Dick Giroux Collection.
This D.S. Scott Freightliner was used for a Fruehauf ad in the late 50's. Norm Thompson Collection.

Here are some D.S. Scott Transport photos from the collection of Doug McKenzie
D.S. Scott Transport trailer taken in 1976 at the TNT Alltrans terminal on Britannia Road in Mississauga, Ontario. Doug McKenzie Collection.
Here is a 1968 Kenworth cab-over leased to Seaboard Express Lines Ltd. Seaboard was the eastern Canadian license of D.S.Scott Transport, sold to TNT when they purchased D.S. Scott but then later sold back to Doug Scott. This truck was Kingsway red, green and black and the Kingsway fleet number can be seen up under the windshield on the driver's side. Seaboard's colours were black and white with a green stripe, same as D.S. Scott Transport. The Canadian Kenworth had a Cummins NTC-335 engine with a Fuller RTO-915 Roadranger transmission. The photograph was taken at Jemseg, New Brunswick on June 27, 1973. Doug McKenzie Collection.
Here is a former D.S. Scott Canadian Kenworth COE leased to a now-defunct outfit named Marshall Leasing which in turn leased to Scott Paper Products. The Kenworth was employed in hauling loads of finished tissue products from Scott Paper mills in Maritime Canada to delivery points in Quebec and Ontario. Even back then finished tissue loads don't weigh much - a full 53 footer might not weigh any more than a 20,000 pound payload, so the 45 foot trailer behind this Kenworth wouldn't create too much strain for the old Cummins NHC-250 engine with it's Spicer 4 x 4 transmission. Doug McKenzie Collection.

This one's the current State of the last D.S. Scott Transport terminal at 50 Millwick Dr in Toronto. The main building and the dock still stands behind it, but the building in the right now covers the ground which had the scale/scalehouse and the yard.

After D.S. Scott vacated the terminal, Day and Ross used it for many years. Doug McKenzie Collection.

Looking south-west - very little open land.
Doug McKenzie Collection.
Hard to believe that this was actually a trucking terminal in the 1950's. GILL's terminal on Wilson Avenue. Doug McKenzie Collection. Looking directly north with Highway 400 to the immediate right. The building has had additions to both the north and west sides - at one time you could park trailers against the dock and still have room between the yard and the expressway. Doug McKenzie Collection.

More than 25 years ago I wrote Canadian Kenworth in regards to any photographs they might have of Canadian Kenworth COE's.

This is a photocopy of one that they themselves photocopied and sent to me.

Ironic that it's a D.S. Scott tractor and I was in the process of beginning to model one in 1/25th scale.

Doug McKenzie Collection.

Here are some DS Scott accident and mishap photos from the Ernie Kristoff Collection.
Wilf Meeks aand Ernie Kristoff sent from Vancouver, BC to pickup the load of general frieght (Kodak, 3m and Drugs) in October 1962 Some of the damage done to DS Scott #108 White Freightliner. The wreck at Wolf Point, Montana
  The trailer tore the 5th whell right off the frame.
No problem checking the brakes and tire pressure.  
DS Scott London, Ontario Drivers:
Benny White - Rodney, ON 1961
Joe Page - London, ON
Wilf Meeks (Surrey, BC) and Joe Page (London, ON) taken at DS Scott in 1960 DS Scott reefer shop truck taken in 1965
Driver: Bing Webster
Doug Scott driving (DS Scott owner) on his first trip east along with Ernie Kristoff during a ice storm in Iowa in January 1958. Ernie's trucks at Ray's mother's place. July 1959. Wilf Meeks and Ernie Kristoff drove Jim Costello's leased truck for DS Scott.
DS Scott #114. Jim Costello had five Hayes trucks with DS Scott. Wilf Meeks and Ernie Krisoff drove this one for a while. Ray Boileau taken in 1957 on the Hope-Princeton Highway. Ernie Kristoff was driving for Dell Express on took this photo on the way to Calgary, Alberta.

A new 40 ft.Fruehauf with underslung Carrier reefer special ordered to haul Good Humor ice cream Toronto to Vancouver. Wilf Meeks and Ernie Kristoff had just switched and were leaving Culbertson Montana when they noticed sparks and stopped. The landing gear wheels were dragging on the highway and the trailer had broken. The nearest reefer trailer was in Salt Lake City. Consolidated Freightways arrived 48 hours later.

In this picture Wilf is trying to explain why the landing gear is sunk in the pavement and why he can't move the rig off Hwy. 2 to the Montana State Patrol. The temperature was about 90 degrees but the reefer kept running and very little ice cream melted. CF sleeper team took the ice cream to Vancouver and Wilf and Ernie took the broken Fruehauf back east where it came from for re-building. Sept. 1961

Thanks to Ernie Kristoff for info and pictures.

The trailer here is shown parked on the travelled portion of the highway near Culbertson Montana

DS Scott #119 was hit by a drunk driver near Crookston Minn. Ernie Krisoff was hurt badly, Wilf Meeks not hardly at all
This is what the DS Scott #119 Freightliner looked like after being put back on the wheels. Taken at Crookston, Minnesota in October 1961.   Unit 119 in the wrecking yard at Duluth, Minnesota. Right side is a mess. When we were put back on teh driver front wheel.
Wilf Meeks and Ernie Krisoff were in Crookston, Minnesota. DS Scott #119 taken at Duluth, Minnesota in October 1961.
Wilf Meeks in the cab after the truck was put back on its wheels. Wilf Meeks after the accident. I (Ernie) was in the hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. The wreck doesn't look as bad from this side.

DS Scott Transport of London, Ontario 1962. Unloading a load of copper tubing from Woolverine Tube in London, Ontaio to deliver to Vancouver, BC. This is what happens when we loaded some piggyback trailer too nose heavy and someone forgot to replace the pins in the sliding boggies.

Merchants Cartage & Cranes came over to set the trailer back on the boggies.

Reitmier driver J.R. Phill taken in January 1963    

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