|This single axle Hayes tractor was purchased new around 1957. It had a Cummins diesel (I cannot remember the model or h.p.). The transmission was a single stick and again the manufacturer and model escapes me. The truck was later converted to a tag axle tandem. Both shots of this truck (one with Lyle standing by the driver's door) were taken in 1958, (I believe), in or around Calgary where he lived.||The tandem axle Hayes tractor was purchased new in either late 1958 or early 1959. This front on shot of it was taken in April 1959 outside of Calgary. This truck replaced the earlier single axle Hayes. Thus the same #28. It was a twin screw tractor powered by a 275 h.p. supercharged Rolls-Royce diesel. I still have one of the "Powered by Rolls-Royce" badges that resided just behind the driver and passenger doors on the outside of the sleeper. This engine destroyed itself very early on into its career and was replaced by a Cummins (the model is another mystery). The transmission was a twin stick. If I recall it was a 4+3 set up.|
Both of these trucks were leased Midland Superior in Calgary and spent much of their time running east to Montreal and Toronto. The Rolls Royce powered tractor was later leased to Gossett and then sold. Lyle then bought either a GM or a Chev single axle conventional and began hauling industrial trailers for ATCO.
|Former Midland tandem tractor with new paint and a new Cummins diesel engine. That's Lyle on the left. The other fellow's name (who I assume is the co-driver) is long gone. Photo taken April 1962 in Calgary.|