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July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 3-15-2018)
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:11:24 PM »
Well, it's that time again - I am spending three weeks with my grandparents in Nebraska as I have done so for the last three years as well.  That yields itself to opportunities to get pics of cool trucks I rarely if ever get to see around home, and unlike previous years this time there is one big thing working in favor of that.  That is, I drove all the way out myself.  Usually my family would come for a week as well and drop me off, but with a 4 1/2 month old baby brother that didn't work out this year.  Although in some ways I miss a good old family road trip, it's also nice to be able to stop when and where I want.  Also having my own car out there is a plus; should make it easier to go into town for pics or maybe even an hour drive to I-80 or I-29 like I do I-80 in Ohio back home.

We'll start off the way these road trip threads of mine always seem to, with a couple pics from a truckstop somewhere in rural Illinois.  These were taken on July 9th.  Because neither myself nor my parents were comfortable with me driving through the mayhem that is I-80 near Chicago, I took U.S. 24 west to central Illinois, where I then got on I-80.  This route took me through the town of Gilman, where I made a pit stop at a Pilot truckstop where U.S. 24 crosses I-57.  I wasn't even planning on taking pics there until I saw this... :o

In a small lot off to the side, next to a Burger King, was this truck that had obviously suffered a fire earlier in the day.  There was nobody to be seen so I walked over and took a couple pics.  Obviously the fire was put out sometime earlier in the day, and this was just waiting to be cleaned up.  If you look closely you can see two fire extinguishers laying next to the truck.  The truck, BTW, is for Risinger Bros. Transfer out of Morton, IL.






While I was at it I took pics of the trucks on either side of the burned out truck.  First is this sharp Cascadia for Tim R. Schwab out of Sedgwick, KS.


The other truck was this nice Cascadia for Prime Inc. out of Springfield, MO.


Later that day I stopped at a rest area along I-80 near Princeton, IL for a truck picture session.  This is the same location I took pics from on my Nebraska trip last year; only this is the one for the opposite direction.  It was just as good of a spot though.  Unfortunately I could only stay for slightly over a half hour, but caught a few cool trucks in that time span.  Hope you guys enjoy.

Century for Wheaton Van Lines out of Indianapolis, IN


Volvo VNL for A 3 T Transportation out of Sacramento, CA


Volvo VNL for Romex Transport out of Sacramento, CA


Very sharp and classy 389 for Sunrise Ridge Trucking out of Doon, IA


379 for Mullins Trucking out of Fillmore, UT


Cascadia for 7669925 Canada, Ltd. out of Newmarket, ON, with markings for Fast Track Alliance


Volvo VNL for Haven Express out of Sacramento, CA


Sharp 579 for Transport Gilmyr out of Montmagny, PQ


Sharp T600 for Janssen Service out of Zeeland, MI


379 for Jay N Tay Trucking out of Otho, IA


Very sharp 389 (with 379 headlights) for Heiderscheit Trucking out of Peosta, IA


Cascadia for DV Enterprises out of Lindon, UT


Cascadia for Sunrise Express out of Grand Island, NE.
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July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 3-15-2018)
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:11:24 PM »

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 06:28:38 PM »
Road trips are fun  ;D...........looks like you're enjoying your first big one. 8) Lots of sharp trucks on your route..........have a good 3 weeks & looking forward to more. :)

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 07:19:06 PM »
Amazing round of shots! ;D
The Heiderscheit 389 and the Sunrise 389 are really awesome rigs.
Also, the Transport Gilmyr is slick, really seems people are making an aero truck into more of a "large car". 8)
Gotta say, I pity the tow truck driver that's going to have to move that burnt trailer.
Burn recoveries/tows are some of the nastiest jobs out there. :P
Hope you enjoy your trip and stay safe!
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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 08:08:37 PM »
Wow, great stuff Iowa. Favorite is obviously the 389 heavy hauler, but the Tim Schwab Cascadia is cool too. Congrats on your first solo roadtrip, hope you enjoy it. Welcome to the world of "this 4 hour roadtrip that has taken 4 hours since I was a kid is now a 6 hour roadtrip because I have to stop at every truck stop I can" lol. I never ride with family anymore, they wouldn't put up with my ass stopping once an hour just to see what's out there. On the plus side I crave the open road now, you never know what you're going to find out there.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 08:26:35 AM »
Thanks guys.  Here is part 2 from 7-9-17.

Nice W900 for White Plus Xpress out of Everett, WA


Sharp Cascadia for John Christner Trucking out of Sapulpa, OK


Sharp Volvo VNL for Hy-Vee Inc. out of Chariton, IA


International LT for Schuster Co. out of Le Mars, IA


Cascadia for Fargo Logistics out of Fontana, CA


Very sharp T660 for Larry Lievens Trucking out of Hillsdale, IL.  I caught this same unit multiple times last year on U.S. 30, but it wasn't pulling a reefer then.


Cascadia for Prime Inc. out of Springfield, MO


Nice 579 for HLT Limited out of Humboldt, IA


Very sharp FL Classic for Limelight Transport out of Dubuque, IA.  I usually favor more of a stock look for trucks, but I must say this one turned out beautifully IMO.  Even the large visor doesn't really bother me. 8)


Cascadia for Super T Transport out of Idaho Falls, ID


Cascadia for Phil Express out of Reno, NV


389 for Global Transportation Solutions out of Bowling Green, KY


Sharp W900 for David Brown Trucking out of Union Mills, IN


Sharp W900 for DSRT Inc. out of Urbandale, IA


Sharp Volvo VNL big bunk for Reliable Carriers out of Canton, MI.  I believe Reliable exclusively hauls high value automobiles, so does anyone have an idea why this trailer has a reefer unit on it? ???

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-13-2017)
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 10:54:31 AM »
I would assume the trailers are climate controlled to protect paints and materials of the vehicles the haul.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-13-2017)
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 12:10:16 PM »

Yes, a lot of cars, particularly vintage cars, are supposed to be kept in temperature controlled garages, so when being transported it probably has to be the same.
Great photos so far also!

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-13-2017)
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 10:43:17 PM »
Yeah they're right, it's all about temp-controlled trailers.

Great set Iowa, loving the Reliable Volvo and the Paccar rigs at the bottom. The T660 for Larry Lievens is a beaut too.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-13-2017)
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 02:04:06 AM »
That Larry Lievens Trucking 660 is beautiful!! That is one shiny trailer he is pulling! The Reliable Carriers is real nice too.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-13-2017)
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 09:14:43 AM »
The 3rd and final part from 7-9-17.

Sharp ProStar for Universe Truck Lines out of Omaha, NE


Nice Cascadia for PS Express Trucking out of Breinigsville, PA


Cascadia for Sure Trucking out of South Sioux City, NE


International LT for HMD Trucking out of Chicago Ridge, IL


Volvo VNL for Big Boss Carriers out of Markham, ON


Sharp 386 for Two Way Traffic Ltd. out of Markham, ON


Sharp 389 Pride & Class for SM Transport out of St-Benoit, PQ


Sharp ProStar for American Transport out of Pittsburgh, PA


ProStar for Bulk Carriers PEI Limited out of Clyde River, PE


Cascadia for National Transport out of Dorval, PQ


Cascadia for Direct Transport Services out of Commerce City, CO


Cascadia for Celina Transport out of Frisco, TX, pulling a Daylight Transport trailer


Sharp 579 for Schulz Transportation Services out of Lincoln, NE.  I was quite surprised to see one of these this far east - I had thought they only ran west of their base in Lincoln but it looks like I was wrong about that. 8)


Very sharp T680 for T & E Enterprises out of Huron, SD


Sharp 579 for Transport N Service Inc. out of Guleph, ON


Sharp 579 for Koleaseco Inc. out of Hudsonville, MI


Very sharp T680 for McEwen Trucking out of Corunna, MI.


That's all I have from that rest area visit, but have some pics from the next day coming.  In the meantime, I have a couple more miscellaneous pics from July 9th to share.  I stopped at a BP for fuel in Geneseo, IL.  That place had a few spaces for truck parking, where I found this cool Western Star 4900 big bunk for THR out of Lorain, OH at dusk.  BTW I caught this same unit on U.S. 30 in October last year, but then it was just plain blue and pulling a white dryvan.


At the same stop, a long distance shot of a Cascadia for Miller Bros. Express out of Hyrum, UT, sitting alone under the sunset in a different lot off to the side.


Upon arriving at my hotel in Moline, IL, I found this 379 for TMC out of Des Moines, IA laid over at the hotel next door.  I decided to see how well I could get a pic of it in the last few minutes of daylight.  That's my hotel in the background of this first pic, so as you can see I didn't have to walk far at all to find it.  BTW does anyone know why a truck with a sleeper would be laid over at a hotel if the driver can just sleep in the bunk? ???


I think both pics were taken using night mode; I know for sure this second one is.  I was quite happy with how this second one turned out, especially considering I wasn't using a tripod; I just tried my best to steady the camera against my face.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-15-2017)
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2017, 09:53:53 AM »

Great photos! IMO can't get much nicer than that McEwan Trucking Kenworth T680, that has to be one of the nicest 680's I've seen yet! I really like the design of the tractor anyway, but with a color scheme like that and all the chrome extras, it really stands out in a good way 8)
I imagine the TMC truck was there due to just having some parking available. Unfortunately, a lot of places don't allow truck parking. I know a couple of plazas around here that used to but they had a lot of issues with the drivers littering and leaving stuff everywhere to where it was an annoyance and so it is no longer permitted. Another factor is possibly the safety. Not all exits have nice truck stops or welcome centers to pull off, so a hotel lot is probably a lot safer at night as opposed to a supermarket or even some truck stops.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-15-2017)
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2017, 10:48:56 AM »
Great stuff Iowa, love the Pride & Class 389 for S&M, the Prostar for American is a neat rig and the heavy haul big bunk Western Star for Cornwell is super cool too. I liked your shots of the TMC Pete at the hotel. From what little I know, there are several reasons sleeper rigs might stay at a hotel. The Quality Inn in Woodbridge is a host to moving trucks almost every night, but I know that typically those rigs have 2-3 people in them so they probably need a hotel room every night. Another reason might be he just wants to sleep in a normal sized bed, or get out of the truck when he can. When they practically live in those trucks for weeks at a time I'm sure they relish the opportunity to get away from it when possible.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-15-2017)
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2017, 11:11:36 AM »

Yeah that's a good point on wanting to sleep in a bed as well. There is a reason the movers and long haul flatbed O/Os for Southern Pride and Landstar a lot of times have huge bunks. They are just a bit more like home, especially if it is a couple teaming up, and those carriers pay well enough that they can make it work. I know a lot of car haulers stay in hotels as well. Some carriers do have small bunk sleepers, but even then usually they stay in hotels/motels.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-15-2017)
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2017, 04:15:27 PM »
My next truck picture stop took place at a rest area (that is, one that was nothing more than parking spaces, a small clearing in the grass and a couple picnic tables) along I-80 near Shelby, Iowa, in the western part of the state.  I believe this is the same location that HuntFlatbed takes this I-80 pictures on, although after comparing the background in my pics versus his I think he uses the one on the opposite side of the highway.  Unfortunately it didn't seem like the most exciting day for trucks on I-80 in Iowa, something I observed both while driving and taking pics.  Still much better than home IMO, and I still saw some cool stuff, but I know something was off when I-80 in Illinois the day before seemed just as exciting.  Some days are just that way though. :-\

Anyway, here is part 1 from 7-10-17.

Nice 389 for Klindt Farms out of Harlan, IA


Sharp W900 for Wrights Trucking out of Bridgeport, NE


Volvo VNL for A-One Express out of Modesto, CA


I'm not certain but I think this FL Classic is for Ed Shekleton Trucking out of New Hampton, IA


Very sharp W900 for Mihm Transportation Co. out of Ft. Atkinson, IA


Cartoonish looking 389 for Couture Logistics out of St. Ephrem, PQ


Very sharp 389 for RACM Transportation out of Omaha, NE


Sharp Coronado for Mel Easton & Sons Inc. out of Council Bluffs, IA


Columbia for Tri-State Expedited Service out of Millbury, OH


Volvo VNL for BGX Transport out of Mississauga, ON


Nice Volvo VNL for Bhullar Trucking out of Stockton, CA


Sharp 379 for Open Range Transportation out of Olin, IA


579 for Transportation Specialists Ltd. out of Omaha, NE


Sharp 579 for Midwest Transport out of Burlington, CO


Sharp 379 for Svoboda Trucking out of Platte Center, NE.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-18-2017)
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2017, 07:51:40 PM »
It might be unimpressive by your standards, but there's a lot to like for me. That red and black Pete is flawless, easily my favorite, and all the other Pete's are good looking as usual, and the heavy haul W900 is very cool too, and I like the cartoonish looking Pete as well. The cattle pots are always a nice catch, and the Coronado is a neat rig as well.

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Re: July 2017 Trip to Nebraska (Updated 7-18-2017)
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