Western Star

Staying Local | COMPANY PROFILE – Rankin Transport

Rankin Transport grows its customer base by providing high levels of local support to its customers. Words by Ed Higginson.  Within the Australian transport industry there are a handful of well-known trucking names that come to mind, but, for every one household name, there are hundreds of small family operators across the country known just as well by their local ...

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Time-Sensitive Success | TRANSPORT NEWS – Ed Higginson visits K.S. Easter at its head office in Brisbane

The secret to success in the parcel business comes down to reliability, as PowerTorque’s Ed Higginson found while visiting K.S. Easter at its head office in Brisbane.  Reliability is the key when your business focuses on delivering time-sensitive freight along the East Coast, and the same reason why K.S. Easter now buys mainly from Western Star fitted with Detroits. K.S. ...

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TEAM TRAVEL | TRUCK REVIEW – Ed Higginson joined K.S. Easter for a run south to Melbourne

Ed Higginson joined K.S. Easter for a run south to Melbourne, sharing the wheel of a Western Star 5800SS It’s certainly something of a privilege to be invited to experience at firsthand a new truck in the fleet, and to share the driving. However, it can be particularly daunting for the regular driver, who has yet to find out whether ...

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The Penske Experience

Dave Whyte finds out how Penske Truck Rental intends to establish a point of difference It’s no secret that the Penske organisation has made a big move into the Australian truck market in the last twelve months. Having bought the Australian division of Detroit Diesel, and taken over the import and distribution of Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle trucks, ...

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Sea Change

After 35 years as a butcher, Larry Brewer switched professions to truck driving, with the proviso that he could still take his meat with him. When you are looking for a career and about to leave school, the final outcome can often be a mater of good luck or sheer chance. For Perth-based Larry Brewer there were two choices. It ...

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Time for Change

When a long-term contract suddenly comes to an end, it triggers a rethink of what comes next The sudden closure of a small NSW mine swiftly brought to an end an 11-year contract for Welby, NSW-based, Trevor Dyson and other local subcontractors. “I had just taken delivery of a brand new Western Star 4900FXC to replace my existing Constellation, so ...

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Stock in Trade

Images by Matt Scully. Western Star and Cummins make the perfect partners for SCR and Euro 5 emissions levels The engine business is certainly full of surprises – some pleasant and some not so good. Think back to the days when Detroit two-strokes were a favoured powerplant and you may also remember the hesitation by operators of adopting the first ...

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Star Struck

Dave Whyte heads North with a Western Star Constellation. What could be better than to head North in a brand new DD15 powered Western Star 4800 FXC from Melbourne to Sydney with Penske Commercial Group’s new Vawdrey B-double set in tow? Admittedly, the unit was very much fresh out of the dealership forecourt so the trip was never going to ...

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The Aero Influence

Western Star steps into a completely new market segment with a new focus on aerodynamics and fuel efficiency When a trucking giant such as Daimler Trucks North America controls all the shots amongst its corporate divisions, the competition between each different brand tends to be totally controlled. There’s certainly a bias towards European decision making that becomes evident when dealing ...

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Castlegate James

The Tasmanian Truck Show at Carrick enabled PowerTorque to catch up with the fleet of Carson Transport that sports the livery of client Castlegate James. The foundations of the Castlegate James business date back to the establishment of James and Son (Grain Merchants) Ltd in the UK in 1850 and Victoria Grains Stores Pty Ltd (VGS) in Australia in 1923, ...

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