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NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« on: December 26, 2019, 09:42:25 PM »
Could've sworn I've shared shots from this spot before, first time here was back in 2015 just before Christmas. This spot offers a great vantage point from the safety of your car of both the NB and SB sides of I-81. Unfortunately all 3 times I've visited it was pouring rain, so bear with me.

https://goo.gl/maps/KDXeWdTjyjF4x42W8 - the exact spot I prefer to park in

Here's a couple sets from the Saturday I took a day trip down to the shoot the W990 hauling the US Capitol Christmas tree. My original plan was to get an action shot of it but I got distracted by a Coronado MK2 wrecker from New Brunswick passing through. For a Saturday I was able to shoot some interesting rigs.

We start with a 389 heavy hauler for Harvey Trucking Services of Indianapolis:


Nice W900B for Admiral Merchants out of Minneapolis:


VNL300 for Tantara Transportation of Canton, MI:


Pete 579 for R&L Carriers:


Cascadia for B&M Transportation of Phoenix:


389 for First Class Services:


CNG T680 for UPS:


Mack Anthem for Bulkmatic:


SFFA Pinnacle for an unknown operator:


579 for Smith Transport out of Roaring Spring, PA:


VNL860 for a Fedex Ground contractor out of Annandale, NJ:


New Cascadia for Midland Transport out of Dieppe, NB:


W900 that I've shot before when he ran with Williams Moving Co. of Dexter, MO. Now he's working for Corporate Moving Systems out of Seattle:


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NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« on: December 26, 2019, 09:42:25 PM »

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2019, 09:51:38 PM »
The 2nd set starts with this huge T800 for Landstar Ranger out of Jacksonville. I wish he'd put a new tarp on the conestoga though:



New VNL760 for D.M. Bowman out of Williamsport, MD:


New Cascadia for Old Dominion Freight Lines:


VNL670 for UPS Freight:


The rain ruined this shot, so much water was whipping up off the road I couldn't get this sharp heavy hauler in focus. I settled for the wide shot:



It was a fantastic day for heavy haulers. W900 for MGM Freight of Roswell, GA:


And the shot that caught my eye for too long. Coronado MK2 wrecker for one-man outfit All-Rite Towing of Deerville, New Brunswick, just across the border from Maine. I lingered on it for too long and just behind this truck was the US Capitol Xmas tree truck doing 80 with a Forest Service police escort.


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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 12:35:52 PM »
I wouldn't worry about the rain when you get shots like that coming up!!! Everyone of those are just very cool, my 1st pick would be the W900B from Admiral, just an outstanding vintage well kept truck!! The Coronado wrecker is sharp too!

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 01:09:37 PM »
Excellent shots! Lighting can be a challenge, but I love shots on rainy days with the wet roadways and the spray kicking up.

That's a great photo spot too.  Doesn't look to be any man-made clutter, plus there is still some foliage left on the trees, surprising for this time of year.

That Bulkmatic tank looks pretty wacky.  Appears to be brand new, along with the tractor.  I don't think any of their Anthems I've seen had any side skirts.

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 03:17:40 PM »
Agree with Paul that these are great shots from a great location.

The Landstar KW just doesn't do it for me; too big.

I speculate that the Midland might be on the Michelin Tire run.
https://www.midlandtransport.com/uploadedFiles/Company%20Linehaul%20Driver%20Rates_Michelin_July%202019.pdf

The load of baled christmas trees adds a seasonal touch.

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 04:19:57 PM »
Wow, what batch of awesome shots! :o
The Admiral W9 sure is cool, has a definite old school look going on.
The Bulmatic Anthem is sharp, and the Corporate Moving KW looks good, too. 8)
The big T8 for Landstar is really unique, the decal/paint work is particularly interesting. Overall, a nice distinctive looking rig.
Both of the W900 heavies are cool, but man, the first one is just super cool, the truck, trailer, and load really add up to a really neat looking rig. 8)
That Coronado wrecker is really sharp, very classy looking outfit there, nice catch.
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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2019, 07:21:52 PM »
Thanks guys! Action shots in the rain can be a little tricky as I prefer to walk the line between cool effects (like the rain whipping off the back of the truck) and the low visibility making the pictures come out grainy/out-of-focus. Glad you guys liked these.

Jim I'm glad you liked the W900B for Admiral Merchants. I love the look but not a fan of the grille cover. Still in great shape for its' age though. And yeah the Coronado wrecker was one of those once-in-10-years kinda catches that I doubt I'll ever have an opportunity to shoot again.

Paul I also love the spot just for the lack of guardrails/lights/signs, just wish it wasn't a 6 hour drive from my house lol. I plan on going back a couple times next year too, although I feel like truck traffic will slow down for a bit now. These shots were taken the weekend before Thanksgiving, so if I do go back before the spring these trees are probably all bare now.

Rob I see Midland fairly often coming down 95 and 81, would those rigs be hauling Michelin tires back to Canada? Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't Canadian/American carriers only allowed to go back and forth across the border? I.E. Canadian rigs can only cross the border and take a return load going back across the border?

And thanks Wreckerman, glad you enjoyed. Pretty much agree with everything you said, just wish I could've gotten the tricked out W900 heavy hauler in a cleaner shot. It's slightly out-of-focus which bothers me lol.

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2019, 07:56:04 PM »
Thanks guys! Action shots in the rain can be a little tricky as I prefer to walk the line between cool effects (like the rain whipping off the back of the truck) and the low visibility making the pictures come out grainy/out-of-focus. Glad you guys liked these.

 


Rob I see Midland fairly often coming down 95 and 81, would those rigs be hauling Michelin tires back to Canada? Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't Canadian/American carriers only allowed to go back and forth across the border? I.E. Canadian rigs can only cross the border and take a return load going back across the border?


Doug Mckenzie would be able to answer this best but....
From what I understand Michelin has a plant in Nova Scotia and a distribution centre in one of the Carolinas. Midland haul tires from the manufacturing plant to the DC.
They might return with other Michelin tires ( they have manufacturing plants around the world) to Canada or they might be hauling othert commodities north.
They often go to Toronto or Montreal on the northbound leg of their journey and then take something back to the Maritime Provinces to reposition and do it all again.
Other Midland rigs haul frozen french fries to points in the USA and then get loads of other commodities going back to Canada.
A Canadian truck and driver can deliver a Canadian origin load to a US receiver and can load a Canadian destined shipment to return to Canada. A Canadian cannot pick up and deliver within the USA except under very limited circumstances.

 

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2019, 05:53:44 PM »

Doug Mckenzie would be able to answer this best but....
From what I understand Michelin has a plant in Nova Scotia and a distribution centre in one of the Carolinas. Midland haul tires from the manufacturing plant to the DC.
They might return with other Michelin tires ( they have manufacturing plants around the world) to Canada or they might be hauling othert commodities north.
They often go to Toronto or Montreal on the northbound leg of their journey and then take something back to the Maritime Provinces to reposition and do it all again.
Other Midland rigs haul frozen french fries to points in the USA and then get loads of other commodities going back to Canada.
A Canadian truck and driver can deliver a Canadian origin load to a US receiver and can load a Canadian destined shipment to return to Canada. A Canadian cannot pick up and deliver within the USA except under very limited circumstances.

That's what I was thinking, thanks for verifying. Either way I'm not complaining, although I wish they'd send a Coronado or two down my way. I see a ton of Cascadias, new and old, but I shot a Coronado MK2 for them once on I-90? outside Boston. I sat outside their DC in Missisauga on my Canada trip too just to get some variety in there. Eventually I'll have to do an update on their carrier thread, they have a diverse fleet but you wouldn't know it from their OTR Cascadia's.

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2019, 06:13:52 PM »
Awesome spot....great rain shots. :) 8) 6 hours is a long ride for photos but in this case it was worth it. ;D

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Re: NB I-81 at the Ironto rest station
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2019, 09:32:21 PM »
Thanks Charlie :). Shooting on a Saturday is a risky proposition too but it worked out this time.

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