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2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« on: June 22, 2019, 03:52:52 PM »
Some members might recall a few of these shots shared from my Feb. 2016 trip to Altoona and Harrisburg, I remember posting a couple of them years ago.

The reason I'm doing this again now is I re-edited everything to an acceptable level last year and several of these rigs are no longer on the road (like the Graebel W9, Conway Truckload and the Schneider Columbia). I want to keep rebuilding the forum since the great Photobucket disaster, so'll also be sharing to individual carriers threads shortly.

The spot is on I-81 north of Harrisburg. I just checked on Google Maps and this spot has since been upgraded to 3 wide lanes in both directions.

We start with a T800 for Univar:


Train of new-at-the-time SFFA Mack Pinnacle's headed to an unknown destination:


Coronado for Fedex Ground contractor Martinez Hauling Corp:


Coronado MK2 for Best Line Equipment of Harrisburg:


W900 lease operator for Penn's Best:


FL M2-106 for Blue Rhino, which is apparently owned by Ferrellgas:


Cascadia hauling pup doubles for Orgill:


T660 for Honey Locust Farms of East Berlin, PA:


Nice W900 for Wolfpak Transport of Elizabethtown, PA:


Pete 389 for Smith Transport of Roaring Spring, PA:


W900 for fallen flag Graebel Van Lines, which used to reside in Wausau, WI:


Mack RD Series for PennDOT:

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2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« on: June 22, 2019, 03:52:52 PM »

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2019, 04:09:49 PM »
Set #2 starts with a W900 for DDI Transportation out of Ashland, VA, hauling a 53' TMX can (correct me if I'm wrong, seems like EMP/Hub Group bought up all of TMX's 53' cans?)


T680 for Conway Truckload, which has since been rebranded by Transforce as CFI? IIRC:


379 lease operator for Mercer Transportation:


VNL670 for Liaison CAN/US Logistics out of Quebec:


389 for an unknown O/O:


Volvo WIA for Alliance Shippers:


T660 for KL Harring out of Bethel, PA:


W900 for TransCorps Enterprises out of Harrisburg:


FLD120 for an unknown operator:


VNL780 for Roadway Moving & Storage out of NYC:


W900 for an unknown Fedex Ground contractor. This was edited by me, I added a missing bar to the grille so it wouldn't look totally beat up:


VNL300 for Praxair:


FLD120 for Universal Truckload:

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 04:17:41 PM »
Set #3 starts with a 379 for R.W. Reisinger Hauling of Loysville, PA:


Coronado MK2 for XPO Express:


389 for an O/O out of PA somewhere:


Cascadia for Insight Imaging Mobile:


FL Classic for a Fedex Ground contractor:


389 for Hopkins Livestock:


379 for A&R Logistics out of Louisville, KY:


379 for BSN Trucking of Glade Hill, VA:


W900 also for BSN Trucking running with the 379:


389 for an unknown operator:


T880 for Kane Freight Lines:



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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2019, 04:22:52 PM »
The last set starts with a T660 for Rose Moving & Storage of Belleville, MI:


379 for an unknown operator:


T660 for a Fedex Ground contractor:


W900 for Miller Farms:


T800 for Good Transport Services of Columbia, PA:


VNL670 for Swift hauling an MS Carriers trailer:


VNR Series for YRC Freight:


FL Columbia for Schneider (I think this is one of two matching pumpkins I was able to shoot before they all were sold off):


379 for an unknown operator:


T800 for Fedex Ground contractor A-Pena Transport out of NJ:


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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 05:57:03 AM »
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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2019, 06:15:53 AM »
You've caught some pretty good stuff here. :) The Miller Farms bull wagon is my fave though. 8)

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2019, 01:06:03 PM »
Wow, where to begin on all this goodness! ;D
The 4-pack of Pinnacles is a cool shot; the Wolfpak W9 is sharp, the paint/wrap job sure is cool; the Alliance WIA is a nice catch, looks surprisingly good, usually the WIAs look like they've been rode hard and put up wet; the Universal FLD is nice, always enjoy seeing a decent looking FLD; the O/O 389 from PA is really nice, I like the paint scheme, but not so much the colors; the Kane T880 is cool, unusual application for a T880, usually they're more of a severe duty rig; and lastly, I'll second Charlie on the Miller W9, it's a really sharp rig. 8)
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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2019, 03:04:09 PM »
Thanks guys. Wreckerman, I've caught Kane quite a bit over the years and it seems they're the rare van trailer company to embrace the T880's. It's nice to see something different like that instead of your typical Cascadia's/etc. Glad you liked the Universal FLD too, I still like seeing these on the road when they're still in good shape like that one.

I'm happy with how the re-edit came out too, I didn't share a ton of these shots originally because the entire set came out super overexposed. A lot of these shots would've been wasted if I didn't learn how to edit better.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2019, 06:54:16 PM »
PM, nice group of shots.  Where is that location, is it before the I-78 cut-off?  The only spot I've shot at in that area is the rest areas near Manada Hill.  Your location reminds me of Dick Copello's location along I-83.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2019, 08:04:25 PM »
Thanks Paul.

Here's as close as I can remember to the exact spot via Google Maps:

https://goo.gl/maps/9sTmPX8GQneu3K2M7

I remember there being a ton of truck traffic on 81 that day and getting frustrated there were no safe spots to park off the interstate, so I just pulled over on SB 81 towards Harrisburg and sat at the top of the hill for about an hour. Definitely not recommended. And as soon as I got back in the car one of those safety patrols pulled in behind me to check on me lol. I always prefer finding a spot that is accessible from somewhere off the interstate but in a pinch I'll pull off into the grass next to the emergency lane if nothing's available. A hi-vis vest is the best investment I've made for doing that, even if a cop or safety patrol pulls off to check on you as soon as they see the hi-vis they wave and move on.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 10:47:51 AM »
I looked at your map.
No commercial places near an overpass?
Gas station, restaurant or truck stop?
I like to park and walk to the overlook.
I saw one overpass but no parking. Residential neighbourhoods aren't too good.
The neighbours get suspicious and call the cops.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 02:44:05 PM »
I looked at your map.
No commercial places near an overpass?
Gas station, restaurant or truck stop?
I like to park and walk to the overlook.
I saw one overpass but no parking. Residential neighbourhoods aren't too good.
The neighbours get suspicious and call the cops.


That was at the time, I feel like I'm better at judging spots now. I prefer to find a spot near a stretch of the interstate with an open field and a hill overlooking the highway where I can shoot in both directions. Rest stations are ok but they only allow for shooting in one direction. Truck stops are also ok for browsing but not so much for action shots.

Here's an example of an action spot I like to go to a couple times a year. I park at the Cracker Barrel, walk down the hill and cross the fence separating the interstate. Then I'll sit on the hill for an hour and shoot between 100-200 trucks depending how busy it is. People on the interstate can see me from half a mile away thanks to the hi-vis vest, but other than the occasional honk from a trucker nobody stops or cares.

https://goo.gl/maps/RbuB7vuEFntf77MA7

I haven't been back to that particular spot since then, but if/when I do go back I'll probably go to that rest stop in Grantville and shoot from there. Parking on the interstate anywhere where they run safety patrols is a terrible idea. Also parking garages that are right next to highways are ideal too, but if there's a lot of garage traffic it's another place to use a hi-vis. 

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2019, 11:35:19 AM »
What a Superb selection of Trucks in fact I will have another look.
The Swift with the MS Carriers Trailer I am guessing it would be one of the
last that MS purchased.       Bob.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2019, 05:29:11 PM »
Thanks Bob! Glad you liked, esp. the MS Carriers trailer as that's one I was only able to shoot a couple times. My only regret is not getting into it sooner, I wish I could've shot an original MS Carriers or Jevic rig once or twice.

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2019, 05:59:07 PM »
I wish I could've shot an original MS Carriers or Jevic rig once or twice.
I did and wish i'd taken lots more. ;D

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Re: 2016: I-81 north of Harrisburg, PA
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