Page 1 Page 2

Last Updated on :
You may download any image for personal or non-commercial use only.

Grand Blanc Cement Products Autocar, with five-axle self-unloading flatbed trailer, loaded with brick. This was photographed at their yard in Grand Blacn in the fall of 1994. Pennsylvania-built Diamond Reo Giant with Fruehauf Michigan-style double bottom trailers. Owned by Fisher Sand & Gravel of Midland, MI. Diamond Reo Giant owned by Premarc of Durand, MI with Michigan style powder train used for hauling powdered cement. Photographed at Bridgeport, MI in 1994.
Peterbilt powder train owned by Fisher Transportation of Mount Pleasant, MI. Photographed in Bridgeport, MI, spring 1996. Unknown Peterbilt steel hauler, Michigan B-train. Photographed in Bridgeport, MI. Mack Superliner gravel train owned by Gus Matonek Sand & Gravel of Bay City, MI. This was photographed delivering a load of stone for a construction project in Bridgeport, MI.
This picture was taken by my great uncle George Taylor in the winter of 1934 (?) in northern Michigan. (The man in the photo is my great uncle Jack Adams.) I'm pretty sure that the truck is a Chevrolet. Symons Bros. was a grocery and dry goods wholesaler in Saginaw, Michigan, at the time they were the largest grocery wholesaler north of Detroit. 1940 Chev truck driven by my great uncle George Taylor. The photo was taken at his home in the late 1930's or early 40's. Soon after this photo was taken he became the dispatcher for Symons Bros. This was a 1945 or 46 Reo, my dad, Harry Gibson, drove this truck upon returning from the Navy in WWII. The vents on the hood say "Speed Wagon" in chrome letters (not visible in this photo). My dad said it was no speed wagon, for sure. This was photographed in the fall of 1946.
This one is a 1947 Chevrolet that my dad also drove. This was photographed in the summer of 1947 when the truck was brand new. I'm not sure of the year of this International but it was photographed in the spring of 1962 in Michigan's thumb. It was driven by my dad's good friend George Sanderson, who added the sun visor. This was a heavier-duty International driven by my dad. It was photographed in February 1962 near Harrison, MI. This was the first truck I ever rode in, when I was five years old. I've been hooked on driving trucks ever since. In the fall of 1962, Symons Bros. closed their doors in Saginaw and moved to Jackson, MI.
In the summer of 1998 we found this old Symons Bros. trailer at a salvage yard in northen Michigan, still painted the original green. Symons was still operating out of Jackson as late as the early 1980's, and we'd occasionally see their trucks on the highway still painted in their original livery. After Symons went under my dad went to work for Andersen Sand & Gravel of Saginaw, MI. This early 60's GMC Crackerbox was the truck he drove for Andersen's. This is a close-up picture of the same truck. The tank mounted behind the cab was made in Andersen's own shop; it was a combination deisel fuel/hydraulic tank. If you look closely there are no fuel tanks on the sides of the frame. Rumor has it that the gravel trailers were also made in their shop, note the tube-style frame. There was no landing gear on these trailers, when they were unhooked a pair of 55-gallon drums were put under the frame to hold the trailer up. Andersen's ran two indentical units like this, this one was #17 and the other was #18.
This is a fleet photo that was taken in 1964 or 65 showing six of their new Reos (units 2-7) mounted with Rex mixers. All trucks were powered by Gold Comet six-cylinder gasoline engines with Allison automatic transmissions. The third from the left (#5) was the only one with a front-mounted power take-off. This photo marks the beginning of their conversion to an all Reo/Diamond Reo fleet which would eventually number over thirty units. This was my dad's new gravel train. It is a 1966 Reo with a 335 Cummins engine and a 12-speed Spicer transmission. The trailers were made by Daybrook Body Co. This photo was taken March of 1966 at Andersen's stone-receiving dock on the Saginaw River in Zilwuakee, MI.I will get back with you later in September, I have some 60's-70's vintage Michigan double-bottom tankers, among other things. The page looks great, and I hope you and your visitors enjoy the photos. Photographed nearly six years to the day from the time this unit was first put into service by Andersen's. March 1972 this photo appeared in a local newspaper which was running an article weigh stations. Unit 16 is shown crossing scales at Birch Run, Michigan showing some signs of wear after six years of hard use. Notice the peeled paint on the front of the cab and winter road grime from a cold Michigan winter. Also note the vents on the front of the cab that are taped up to keep out the cold winter air.
The last two ready mix trucks that Andersen's would ever purchase were identical Diamond Reo DC 101s. Units 1 and 2 were equipped with Detroit Diesel V-6 engines and 13 speed RoadRanger Transmissions. They also had tri-axle drive and a Neway pusher axle and carried CNC mixer bodies. This is the first truck that I drove on a regular basis, a 1971 Diamond Reo C101. Truck 34 and an identical truck 33 were the last two gas-powered mixers purchased, the only ones equipped with Challenge Cook Bros. mixer units. Photographed on my Dad's last day of work before retirement in 1984, this A&C unit 569 would be the last truck he would drive. The trailer is a 45 foot Trailmobile 8 axle tanker.
Photographed in the early '80s, these A&C Michigan double bottom tankers' days were numbered--they would soon be banned from operating in counties in the metro Detroit area. State law would later ban the use of such units for transporting flammable liquids because of a series of fiery crashes. Note the height of the pup trailers and the high center of gravity which would often cause the unit to tip over if the driver made a turn too sharply or too quickly. Photographed in the late 1970's, this is a GMC Astro operated by A&C Carriers of Muskegon, Michigan. This would be the company from which my dad retired in the mid '80s. A&C hauled gasoline and fuel throughout Michigan.
These two photos were taken in the late 1980s and depict two early '70s Diamond Reo mixers operated by Saginaw Rock Products Co. This was Andersen's largest competitor in the Saginaw area. They are still in business today after over 50 years of operation. (Today they operate mainly front discharge mixers.)
1986 Diamond Reo Giant owned by Bourdow Trucking of Saginaw, MI, photographed in 1992. 1986 Diamond Reo Giant owned by Chippewa Contracting of Saginaw, photographed in Ocotber of 1987. Early 80's Diamond Reo Giant owned by Valley Asphalt of Saginaw.
Autocar gravel train owned by Warack Trucking of Saginaw, photographed in October of 1987. This is a Diamond Reo Giant owned by Wegner Forest Products, photographed in Osceola County, MI in the early 1990's. It's pulling a 45-foot trailer five axle trailer, which is being loaded with wood chips. Bedrock Express Kenworth, taking a break in Bridgeport, MI in the summer of 2002.
Sharp-looking R Model Mack photographed at a 76 truck stop in Bridgeport, Michigan in the winter of 1995-96. I used to see this truck hauling lumber quite often from northern Michigan and Canada. Davis Cartage Freightliner photographed in the summer of 1995. In Michigan, axles rule. Long-wheelbase Peterbilt with an eight axle trailer used for hauling parts for the auto industry. Photographed in the summer of 1996.
Photographed in December of 2002. Ex-Bourdow Trucking No. 25, pictured previously on this page. Now owned by Acme Septic Tank Systems, truck has been repainted red. Bourdow traded this truck in in the late 90's on a newer International tractor. Really nice looking GMC Crackerbox still being used by a local farmer at harvest time. Photographed in 1994 or 95, Diamond Reo owned by Jones Excavating of Birch Run, MI.
Kurtz Gravel Co. Peterbilt gravel train. Kurtz Gravel Co. Michigan powder train. R&R Ready Mix Oshkosh cement mixer, photographed in the summer of 1995. R&R is known for taking meticulous care of their equipment, I doubt they'll be giving it up anytime soon.
Diamond Reo Raider with lowboy trailer, photographed at the 76 truck stop in Bridgeport, MI in the mid-1990's. Photographed in 1998 fresh from the paint shop, a Diamond Reo owned by Voorheis Concrete of Frankenmuth, MI.

E-Mail any comments to Hank Suderman         E-Mail any comments to Tim Gibson
Back to the Main Transportation Page
Back to the Trucks Page