This last round of my harmless, late March walk-by shooting starts with a trio of Scania R-series 4×2 tractors. The one at work is a 2008 R500 V8, towing a 2008 Estepe tridem axle semi-trailer. The combination is moving away from the owner’s hometown, so the other two tractors must have been sold. Trading used commercial vehicles, that’s Harry’s business alright.
A 2018 Volvo FH tractor with a tandem axle curtainsider. Just visible, the truck mounted forklift.
A MAN TGS 10×4 concrete mixer truck. The fifth axle is an add-on, the starting point was a factory 8×4 truck chassis. I’m almost certain the aftermarket job was done by the Dutch WVT company, as they are specialized in MAN trucks.
A warm welcome to this visitor from
Mexico the UK! Lots of pictures and videos of the 2019 Scania “Mexicano” tractor can be found on the interwebs. It says S580 on its license plate, so I just assume the Coles & Sons tractor is powered by a 16.4 liter V8, good for 580 DIN-hp.
Here’s a 2019 Scania P320 XT container carrier with a tandem axle trailer. The truck carries two empty containers. Scania’s XT-series is aimed at the market for heavy construction vehicles, where things can get a bit rougher and tougher. This one is powered by a 9.3 liter, inline-five engine.
The common Dutch name for such a vehicle is a portaalauto. That’s a truck with a so called portal arm system, here’s another example.
Also owned by M&M Containerservice, a 2019 Scania P410 XT with a hooklift system and tridem axle set-up. Both the truck’s pusher and tag axle are liftable (obviously) and steerable. The front axle is rated at an axle load of 10 metric tons, which is as far as you can go with a non-drive axle.
It’s worth mentioning that the driver visibility from such a low, cabover day cab can’t be beaten by any other type of heavy vehicle. Convenient, when you have to deliver a container deep into a town or city center. And collect it when it’s loaded.
A 2019 Volvo FH tractor with a dry bulk tank semi-trailer. The tractor’s 12.8 liter engine is running on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and has a maximum power output of 428 DIN-hp. LNG engines are becoming more and more common in heavy-duty vehicles.
Hailing from Belgium, this Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor with a curtainside semi-trailer.
You can tell by the steel rollers underneath the bed (on the left and right side) that this truck is equipped with a hooklift system. The dump bed -an open top container, actually- is fully covered. The truck is a stout, 2019 MAN TGS 8×4.
The Bavarian truck maker has an excellent, long-standing reputation in the construction and on-/off-road trucking business. Factory 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 chassis are on the menu, as they have been for ages.
Exactly the same configuration as the blue MAN, the 2009 Volvo FH 8×4 pictured here. Such factory chassis are rated at a gross vehicle weight of 37 metric tons (81,571 lbs). So you can imagine that the extra weight of a robust hooklift system is only considered as a side issue, given the versatility bonus.
Verploegen’s livery is uncomplicated yet outstanding. And I’m a fan of painted, two-tone rims, so this 2016 Scania R450 tractor with a 2014 Pacton curtainsider and Moffett truck mounted forklift just looks perfect to me.
Such a tanker semi-trailer is used to transport all kinds of slurry, like liquid manure. It’s coupled to a 2015 DAF XF 460 FT tractor.
A 2019 Scania R450 with a curtainsider. Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) is a beer brand from the Belgian Van Steenberge brewery. Bottoms up, you can’t go wrong with beer Made in Belgium.
UN number 1090 on the orange sign refers to acetone. Better watch out then. The tanker is towed by a 2017 DAF XF 460 FT tractor.
A 2016 DAF XF 510 FT, directly followed by a 2018 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI MHEV. The car’s model designation is as long as the semi.
Downsizing now, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter flatbed truck with a tandem axle low bed trailer, carrying a small tractor.
I don’t know about all other drivers, but this last one must be a happy camper for sure. It was kind of hard to decipher the license plate, but after some trial-and-error combinations of digits and letters, our vehicle registration website came up with a 1978 Ford F-250 Custom, powered by the 460 cid V8. I’m certain the CC pickup crowd can elaborate on this.