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FireStar

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Old flatbed trailers
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:26:06 AM »
SO when I was meandering around the internet the other day, looking up scenes from old movies involving trucks, I came across the last part of The Menace from 1977, and as I was watching three truckers terrorize the little VW Bug, a thought had occurred to me. The flatbed being pulled by the Pete 359 looks an awful lot like a flatbed railcar. And that brings me to my question. Was there a trailer company that actually made them like this, or did people just take surplus railcars and turn them into semi trailers? I am really curious about this.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_Os0C2bFy6d0ZsWVRLNXBpelE/view?usp=sharing
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Old flatbed trailers
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:26:06 AM »

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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 06:28:46 AM »
Looks like an outside rail flatdeck.
The mudflaps say Trailmobile which built a lot of trailers at one time.

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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 07:44:20 AM »
Ok. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 07:59:45 AM »
Rob's right.
 Here's one I saw recently at a scrap yard in Az.
 I try to get a picture of the old stuff. It's good to see it still being used, but it's disappearin' fast.


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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 09:00:33 PM »
These outside rail flatbeds used to be really popular in western states, I imagine the more modern composite flatbeds offer a significant weight savings, perhaps why these fell out of favor?

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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 11:13:20 AM »
I personally have never seen one in real life, but like I said, it looks like someone took a railroad flatbed and turned it into a semi trailer. Still think they look cool though.
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Re: Old flatbed trailers
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 11:56:31 AM »
One outfit I drove for had a couple old 40 footers they had steel frames and Oak floors . Weight was an issue they were replaced with lighter 45 foot Aluminum spread axle trailers .
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