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On September 2, 2002, Consolidated Freightways filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy



CF set of doubles taken around 1957. Ken Goudy Collection. CF doubles from an old Cummins ad. Ken Goudy Collection. Freightliner owned by Consolidated Freightways. The trailers show the transitional paint scheme that spanned the 40's trailer scheme to the one in the 50's when the well known CF logo was used. Don Querciagrossa Collection.
A 1950's brochure from Consolidated Freightways CF Tank Lines rig. The picture could have been taken in the 1960's. Ken Goudy Collection. CF Freightliner drom. This rig is ready for winter. Ken Goudy Collection.
This Consolidated Freightways truck and trailer was taken in 1961. Harry Patterson Collection.

Comments by Paul Kane:
Back before Pennsylvania allowed doubles, I think It was the Motor Carrier Act of 1983 that permitted them nationwide, CF ran shuttle tractors along about a 60 mile stretch of I-90 thru Erie, PA that had a big weight over the rear axle in the fifth wheel location. They would pull the rear pup of a set of doubles with the converter dollys still attached between Ohio and the New York Thruway. I guess there was some sort of pintel hook on the back of the tractor. I was rarely up that way back then, I do rememeber seeing them at night once or twice. Any pictures of this setup would be an interesting addition to the CF tribute if anyone has any.

Those "Pennsylvania Doubles" that there are a few pictures of on the site were also called "Mickey Mouse" rigs, for obvious reasons. I think ATHS did a story on those a few years back. Mike Parkhurst used to have a field day with those back in the old Overdrive Magazine days (the "real" Overdrive).

Freightliners owned by Consolidated Freightways. The date and location are unknown. Don Querciagrossa Collection. CF Freightliner in the old green colors pulling a set of doubles. Ken Goudy Collection. Promo picture of a CF Freightliner in the old green colors pulling a set of doubles along the Columbia Gorge in Oregon. Ken Goudy Collection.
Rear cover of brochure from Consolidated Freightways with documentation covering international exports. Old CF doubles from an old brochure. Ken Goudy Collection.
Not only did CF operate sleepers in the sixties, but the White Freightliners were twin-screws and pulled single long boxes. The tractor shown here has a single recessed stack. The trailer is a Fruehauf. Photo taken at Fortmeyers Truck Stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1965. David A. Bontrager Collection.
The tractor in this photo features dual exhausts. This tractor has a shorter wheelbase than the tractor shown in the first photo. Note how the driver's mirror is mounted. This was standard procedure for Consolidated Freightways. The trailer shown here was built by Brown. Photo taken at Fortmeyers Truck Stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1965. David A. Bontrager Collection.
Clarence "Biff" Beltz, driving for Consolidated Freightways. Photo taken at the Springfield, Illinois terminal, circa 1959-60. Roger Beltz Collection. Consolidated Freightways White 5000 taken in October 1960 on the Turnpike near Fremont, IN. Fred Gruin Jr. Collection. Consolidated Freightways White 5000 taken in October 1960 at the Angola service area on the Indiana Turnpike. Fred Gruin Jr. Collection.
Here is a long profile shot of a set of Consolidated Freightways triples. Bill McCullough's Father gave him this picture. William McCullough Collection. CF 60's City Tractor, still has the original color. Oakland, CA. Joe Hyberg Collection. Rear view of the 60's CF International taken at Oakland, CA. Joe Hyberg Collection.
Ken Goudy got this map from a swap meet at Hillsboro, OR. The map is from the late 50's or early 60's. Ken Goudy Collection. Freightliner Turbo-Liner 18 - 727 built in September 1965. The engine was a 300-hp Boeing Model 553 gas turbine engine and the transmission was a modified Allison automatic. The photo shows #18 - 727 in original confirguation, as it was subsequently modified to eliminate a turbine "surge" problem. A detailed article regarding CF #18 - 727 was written by former Freightliner Chief Engineer Roger Sackett in the March/April 1992 edition of Wheels of Time. T. Brad Dunkin Collection.



All these photos were shot in Boise, ID in February 1960 by Larry Choate.
Three views of CF 22-60, a sleeper tandem Freightliner powered by Detroit Diesel 6-71. Larry Choate Collection.
Three views of CF 12-2922, a 4x4 Freightliner "Mountaineer".
Larry Choate Collection.
CF Freightliner "Mountaineer" 16-3262. Larry Choate Collection. Rear view of cab and radiator of CF Freightliner "Mountaineer" 16-3262. Larry Choate Collection. Left side view of CF 12-2922, a 4x4 Freightliner "Mountaineer". Larry Choate Collection.
White Freightliner "Mountaineer" 4-wheel-drive used to pull 2-24' or 25' trailers over mountanous highways. This tractor has a larger than standard diesel installed neccesitating the removal of the radiator from the front. The radiator has then been mounted at the right rear corner of the cab. Engine is Cummins NH-220.



Here are some CF pictures from the 1950's from the Jay Weisgerber Collection
Location : Slim Olson's, Elko,Nevada
Date : June 7, 1953
Description: Jack Weisgerber getting ready to head out
Location: Slim Olson's, Elko, Nevada
Date: June 7,1953
Description: Jack Weisgerber loading up his gear
Location: Slim Olson's, Elko,Nevada
Date: June 1953
Description: CF truck and trailer
Location:: unknown
Date: late 1950's
Truck: CF Freightliner COE
Description: Jack Weisgerber with CF truck and trailer along side highway
Location: Billings,Montana CF Terminal
Date: Early 1960's
Truck: CF Freightliner COE
Description: Set of CF Doubles at the Billings,Montana terminal
Date: Early 1960's
Truck: CF Freightliner COE
Description: Set of CF Doubles at the Billings,Montana terminal
Location: Highway 10, Montana - Idaho state line, Lookout Pass
Date: Late 1950's
Truck: CF Freightliner COE sleeper team truck
Description: CF sleeper team tractor and trailer stopped on top of Lookout Pass
CF truck pulling a flatbed in an accident with a car
What was left of the car after colliding with a CF truck
CF truck number 10-297. A body tank pulling a pup misses the curve near Libby, Montana in July of 1966. The tanks were empty at the time of the accident. The Ford pickup is CF's Missoula, Montana bulk commodities terminal pickup.
These photos were shot at Grant's Truck Stop in Lupton, AZ in 1969.
Ron Landry Collection.


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