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East-West Transport/E.F.L.
John Olensky's brand new COE (non-tilt) KW at Kenworth in Burnaby in 1957, one of the very last Seattle-built trucks, so it had a Columbus engine. They were a better engine than the UK engines the Burnaby branch used. This is John Verchere, one of Johnny O's two partners and his co-driver. Note the aluminum rims on the steering, which was very rare for a canadian truck at this time. Here they are at the East-West yard in Burnaby, BC. The truck had a 220 Cummins, 5 and 3 transmissions, and worm-drive rear ends.
Here's John on top of McDonald Pass (elevation-6330 ft,) on US 12 west of Helena. MT. This pass was a HARD pull! At this time, East-West ran US 2 to Havre, Mt and then went south through Great Falls to Helena, where they picked up 12 and went west to Missoula. Later they ran Mt 200 over Rogers Pass, a much easier pull. That's a 35 ft. Brown reefer with the unit removed.
One of ten new 36 ft. Brown step-floor air-ride underslung reefer vans. I think the M stood for meat-trailer. The steeple in the background makes me think this is St. Boniface.


Empire Freightways
Based out of Saskatoon, Sask.

Fall 1960. Southbound on the 400 around Barrie, Ontario with a load of cattle. This is a DC-405 International. (You can get the machinery from the farm, but you can't get the farm out of this machinery). Unloading at Canada Packers, Toronto, Ontario.
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Stan Ducen "Muckin' out" (with appropriate comments from Stan Ducen)
Stan Ducen Lots of Grade A beef here



When the CNR went mad and started buying up trucking companies from coast to coast, they bought East-West, and EFL, and rolled EFL into the terminal on Nairn Ave in Wpg. Pedersen and Neil, who I drove for, had trucks on with each company.
This is one of East-West's 38 ft. Brown step-floor air ride meat-railers. Talk about leaning in the corners! This is 1/2 way from Hearst to LongLac westbound about six in the morning. Note how I parked due to the shoulders. Having coffee west-bound on #1 at the BA in Austin, Man. The Kenworth is a Vancouver truck, while the Hayes is a Stoon truck. Two Vancouver rigs eastbound at the Shell in Brooks, Alta. The tall guy in front of the rad is Walter Toews.
We are westbound here on #28 in Mich. with the FIRST! (above the drivers in the pic) "all-Canadian" load destined for the Opening Ceremonies at Rogers Pass. Stu King (fueling at Brule, Wisc.) News paper article dated Friday, August 31, 1962 about the opening of the Roger's Pass, which meant that trucks could travel the Trans Canada Highway from Vanouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario.
They switched the trailer to one of the Vancouver droms in Winnipeg. for the balance of the trip.
(East-West Toronto trucks didn't run west of Wpg., and the droms didn't run east).


Truck Stop Incident near Fairchild, Wisconsin
This happened at a little truck stop east of Fairchild, Wisc, on US#12 out of Eau Claire. The highway makes a 30 mph corner there just where the driveway into the lot is. You can see the road curves to the south. This guy motored straight into the lot and smashed into the Gimmy and evrything went up in smoke.


This was another flame-throwing 220 cummins. Another good shot of the overhead dash in the cabover Hayes ( and not a bad shot of my ex either! ).
This is Blanche's Grill, an Anglo station on the east end of Moosomin, Sask. Blanche and Wallace Fyke ran the place and they were really fine people. It's places like this that a guy misses nowadays. A lot of drivers will remember this place One of the Vancouver trucks at the Headingly scale in Man.
More shots of the Vancouver based East-West Kenworth drom at the Headinly scale in Manitoba.
Jack Coughlin and Russ Neil. Note the licence plate board by Jack's right shoulder and,if you enlarge the pic, the top clip of the external access door for al the air switches and driver's wiper motor just above Russ's head. This was a great feature on the cab-over Kw. I don't know why they did away with it. East-West yard on Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. The guy on the right is Martin Pederson and the other is Reg Badge. The Freightliner is a Sask. truck(EFL) At the top of the hill on the new road at Lumsden,Sask. with an open-top cattle van.
This is a White model 22 "Double-Deucer". Note the horse above the White emblem. It denotes the White "Mustang" gas engine, which had a low growl to it that would vibrate all the windows in your house as it went by.

A lot of 22's hit the road in Canada after the rail strikes (two in a row) in the early '50s made long-distance trucking a reality in Canada.

Here's Alfie Bunce's 1961 B-613 Mack. The "613" designated the 205 horsepower turbo-charged model,and was the latest Mack technology available at the time. Alfie was in heaven with this truck, because he spent several years and many tears (from being passed by everything on the road) in his 22 White gaspot which had all of 125 horsepower. (see Comet Transport). Alf paid a whopping 13 thousand for this Mack! Courtesy of Alf Bunce. Alfie spending some time at home with his "Two Dogs" Courtesy of Alf Bunce
Jack Coughlin's Crackerbox six-banger on the Govt. scale at Headingly, Manitoba. Reg Badge waiting for his load at the dock on Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Heading home from "Stoon" with empty decks
The first snowshed westbound up Rogers Pass Rogers Summit One of CF's 50-something needle-nose KWs cresting Jackass Mountain in the Fraser Canyon


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