B-TRAINS, INTERLINKS & B-DOUBLES

The WHYS and WHEREFORES of B-TRAIN COMBINATIONS

by Martin Phippard

CANADA

Today B-Trains continue to enjoy wide acceptance throughout Canada with lengths reaching out to 25-metres overall and weights generally grossing at 63.5-tonnes except in the Yukon where special dispensation allows some operators to gross as much as 72-tonnes with tri-drive tractors. They are used to haul virtually every sort of load although I have not yet found any evidence of livestock haulers using the B-Train configuration in Canada. Perhaps some enterprising livestock operator will visit Australia to see for himself just how successful B-Trains can prove in that application too. Meanwhile, we will have to content ourselves by looking at just some of the areas where the B-Train is used extensively such as in the transportation of grain, fuel, bulk goods, containers, wood-chips, refrigerated goods and even logs. And the number of dual-purpose ‘platypus’ tanks used for hauling fuel in one direction and a deck load the other seems to be growing daily.

Various Canadian B-Trains

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