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Forsell's in the Early Fiftys
 
An aerial view on a quiet day. The car turning onto the highway is headed east.   The mileage sign on the side of the truck bay.
Forsell's was at the Junction of US2 and 59 in Erskine, Minn. and was a regular stop for a lot of western Canadian trucks. Biggar Bros was Big in Winnipeg then. They ran an all-White operation. The Leyland hooked to the Brown trailer is from some other outfit, probably Delarue from Regina.
More Biggar rigs ( not a sleeper among them). In 1954, Cliffird Biggar finally succumbed to the ever increasing offers being made to him by Kingsway. He named his price (which he felt was outrageous) and they happily paid it, and so one of the biggest freight outfits in Wpg. became trucking history.
North Star O/O White This is a big truck for back then. A 26er with a set-back steering axle, a sleeper, and a diesel engine (probably a Cummins, or a Buda) Reimer also started out with Whites. At this time, Wisconsin was still 45 ft. overall length, so no room for a sleeper.
A "butt-nose" (3000) White. They were popular because thet were short and you could at least stretch out in the "sleeper". Reimer had the checkerboard rear doors right from the start. Getting fancy here. The units have roof signs.
Switching over to Macks (H-63s), but still all green. These units will shortly be repainted in the familiar two-tone green and white paint scheme. The tall fella is Walter Toews, who I ran double with later at East-West. This guy was a master with two sticks. This was one of the last of the Whites. Overall length by now was 50 ft.,and the whole operation was team. A gathering of Bulldogs. You can see #53 in the new paint scheme.
Not sure why Reimer would be pulling a PIX trailer. Note the clearance (or lack thereof) between the cab and the reefer. ALL Reimers tractors had underslung mufflers back then, and nobody liked having to get by one of their rigs on those two lane roads because , if he had his foot in it , you were in a dirty cloud of diesl smoke for a couple of miles. Reimer Express White in the foreground. This picture is here because it's the only one I have of the little Buttnose Binders (in the background) that were so popular back then. This one is with International Transport. Reimer's "tow-truck" bringing in a wrecked H-63
Another shot of a Reimer trailer being pulled by a White 3000. It shows a better view of the trailer. A&H Express Lines with one of their first Diamond-T diesels Unidentified Diamond T
Norton Motor Lines, form Stony Creek, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. They shortly went all-Mack also. But this old Autocar is hard to beat in my book! A couple of early carriers from Sask. The first is a 26 White from Peacock out of Regina. Delarue Bros from Regina. These are Leylands. I believe they were built under licence here in Canada with components shipped from England, but I'm not sure.
Superior Transport (the forerunner of Midland-Superior). A bullnose Kenworth. A bubble-nose Freightliner. This may be a Greyhound driver masquerading as a trucker. Check out the rig specs on the trailer, which is a thirty-five footer. Again, look at the clearance here!
This old 26 White is the only pic I have of Trans-Canada Highway Express from back then. Haslam from Hamilton. A 3000 White with a real sleeper and a 700 Fargo. It would be working its heart out at 51,000 Gross.
Mutual Motor Freight (out of Toronto). Here's a 24 White with a sleeper . Mutual Motor Freight 700 or 750 Ford---- --and this is a Mutual Motor Freight R190 Binder (International)
Mutual Motor Freight had a lot of Whites too. Here's a double-deucer White Mutual Motor Freight day cab. Exeter Produce from Hamilton with a day cab 26 White

Western Canada Car Carriers from Manitoba
Prairie Auto from Winnipeg, Manitoba. McCallum from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They became one but I can't remember which name was used. I think it was Prairie. Altona Transfer. Check out the Phone number!
Western Auto from Brandon, Manitoba Jeffers with a load of Hillmans. Northland Transport from Erickson, Manitoba. Check out the silver dollar mirrors!
Northland Transport from Erickson, Manitoba. I love these phone numbers! Notice the Gross weight on the hood. Red River Auto Carriers from Steinbach.

Western Canada Car Carriers from Saskatchewan
Abell's Haulaway from Yorkton, Saskatchewan Inter-Lake Transport from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Western Canada Car Carriers from Alberta
Melchin Transport from Calgary, Alberta. Dominion Auto Carriers from Calgary, Alberta.
Dominion Auto Carriers International from Calgary, Alberta. Cars and Pickups bound for Western Canada
Empties heading for Windsor An unidentified eastbound 26 White at the pumps

US Regulars
Diamond Transportation cabover GMC's Your friendly neighborhood Coca Cola man. Look at the signs in the background. Let's see now , 25 cents - 3 cents = 21 cents/gal and that's full service too!
A west-coast "Binder" from Twin City Transport. How's this for clearance? This KB (13) is exactly the same. No-Name Trucking from Somewhere!
A two-story "binder" (International) from Dakota A 1947 (?) cabover Kenworth cabover, also from Dakota Shack haulers
Another old cab-over KW, this one is hauling for A.H. Plummer.
Here's a couple of other "watering-holes" on US2 in Minn. A Markel decal. Back then, they were almost the only company insuring long distance trucks. They had a fleet of ghost cars with cameras mounted on the dash. If they took a picture of you running over 50 mph, you were in deep doo-ddo when you got home. At this time the speed limit in Wisconsin was 45mph for trucks, 50 mph evrywhere else.


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