(April 8, 2017) TRUCK RESCUE
    Nick Marshall (Orwell Container, Richland NY) sent in some pictures of some very old trucks in need of a good home. Shown below are an old Truxmore Pakker "barrel truck" on a Ford F-series, and a Hydro E-Z Pack on a C-series tilt cab. These trucks belonged to his grandfather, and currently reside on his estate about an hour north of Syracuse, New York. The clock is running on these trucks, which now must go either to scrap or a new home. Contact Nick at 315-298-3739 or email Orwellcontainer@gmail.com if interested. He also mentioned that he has two Leach Sanicruisers in operable condition as well.

    This 20-cubic yard E-Z pack bears serial number 4339, and was built by Hercules Galion Products Inc, probably before 1969. The company was acquired by Peabody International at that time and afterwards was known as Peabody Galion.

(March 26, 2017)
    Here's the set of Geesink Packmaster images promised for last weekend (apologies) by way of Sjef van Lierop. I'm reasonably sure Geesink manufactured the Leach Standard Packmaster body in The Netherlands at some point, but this DAF truck may have an imported body from the USA. It looks exactly like a 25-yard model from America, right down to the ID plate at the front corner. It also has the mounting flanges for the "Leach" emblem atop the body opening at front (some UK Packmasters had a "Lacre" emblem in this same location). Later Geesink Packmasters have slightly different body side sheet stampings as well.

    Here's a couple more Britich RCVs from Ebay: A Jack Allen "Little Gem" rear loader, which was their slide-sweep model packer for the Borough of Pendle. This nice looking body has a power-locking tailgate clamp electric packer controls. Below the Gem is side view of a Glover 202.

(March 12, 2017)
    A new multi-page article on front loader history by Zachary Geroux appears in the latest issue of Waste Advantage Magazine. Those without a hard copy can view the article online here. Zach has been contributing to WA over the last year or so, and this is one of his biggest features to date.

    Some new pictures, all of which will eventually wind up in their respective CRT albums in the near future, but I'll post them here to save you the trouble of looking them up. First up are some 1970 shots of a Kronenburg Power-Packer on A DAF cabover sent in by Sjef van Lierop. I'm fairly certain that Daybrook had discontinued these in the USA by that time, and they would not last much longer in the Netherlands either. These are by far the best photos of any version of this packer that I have ever seen. In addition to Kronenburg, it has been sold by Herman, Daybrook, and Wood (Canada), and was designed by Gar Wood's brother George.

Next up from Sjef is a 1973 Kronenburg Colectomatic on a DAF 1200, which looks very much like the Heil version (Mark III) except with a much more angular tailgate. Presumably this replaced the Power Packer, at least for a few years in Holland. Some of the European variants would be badged as Heil, although Norba had their own version for a while, and UK Heils all went under the Jack Allen badge until the 1990s. A nice looking packer, to be sure...I think I like this better than the American version! (Next week I'll have some Geesink-Leach Packmaster photos from Sjef)

Below is a 27-yard Truxmore Pakker on a hand-loaded residential route via Pete DeRose. During the 1970s and 1980s, these were among the largest packers around, and were far cheaper and easier to maintain than a rear loader. With a 600 lbs+ per cubic yard capability, they were popular with small independents and many municipal outfits as well. The downside was loading height, and with the panels raised at the end of the load, it was akin to working on an old open bodied truck.

These pictures came from Ebay; an American LaFrance rotary body from 1933. A short-lived model that may be a Von Keller body in disguise, but that is not certain. Also notable for being a rare example of an American company building the complete truck. It's too bad these photos had exposure problems.

Finally, again from Ebay, some UK iron, starting with this Eagle Crushload circa 1962, disgorging its dense payload....

...and a Glover, Webb & Liversidge single-screw Musketeer in Germany...

...and last up is this special Glover, Webb & Liversidge truck with crane for emptying bottom-dump refuse bins from high-rise flats in Kensington. I believe the main body is a moving-floor type.

(February 19, 2017)
    A new municipal album is now posted for The City Of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. I created this album primarily to post some recently acquired pictures of the L.A. fleet during its launch in early 1957. I've posted these 22 images in a much higher resolution than normal, owing to their exceptional quality and historic significance. Thumbnail images will link to the full size image, some of which are 3000 pixels wide. I've also added other pictures of historic LA BoS equipment, although the selection is certainly not all-inclusive. Will update this page if any new material becomes available. (Municipal albums and special articles may be found by clicking the PHOTO ALBUMS button on the left-hand tool bar)

    From the same set of images, there were four of a Heil Colectomatic dumping at an unknown L.A. county landfill. Since this was not a Los Angeles City truck, those images have been posted in the Heil album, chapter 8, Heil Colectomatic. The new photos are at the bottom of the page under the header "At the Landfill, 1957".

    Nothing should make CRT enthusiasts happier than news of a truck rescue, and a tip-of-the-hat this week to Thompson Sanitation of Clarks Grove, Minnesota for saving this 1974 International Cargostar with a 20-yard Leach 2R body. Owner Frank Thompson reports that it is in good working order, and he plans to have it restored for parades and special events. I ran short on time this weekend, but I will add it to the restored/preserved list ASAP, and will update the page as needed.

(February 12, 2017)
    Two new trucks have been added to the Restored Trucks section, both being early model Heil Formula 7000 automated side loaders owned by the City of Granger, Washington and photographed by Alan Yunt. These two trucks are in amazing condition, one on an International Cargostar, and the other on a 1982 American LaFrance CTC. The latter still has its original "Formula" deluxe paint scheme intact. Click through the video link for the 1982 truck to Alan's YouTube page, and you can read the video description for details on the trucks and the amazing people of Granger DPW who have kept them going all these years.

    I've upgraded my scanner to the Epson V550, which will scan slides and negatives. I don't have that many negatives, but did recently acquire a set of pictures from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation taken in March of 1957, when the City had just inaugurated citywide refuse collection and was giving public relations tours of their new trucks (lots of Leach Packmasters). The picture below is a sample, scanned in 800 DPI resolution (compared with the usual 150-300 DPI range I typically use. The result is quite amazing, and if you click on the 798 pixel image, it will open it in the actual size of 2,100 pixels width. Even better, the scanner can scan up to 12,800 DPI, if you have the time!

    Notice the guy with the movie camera at the far right, meaning there may be a filmed record somewhere of these events! What a find that would be. Look for a LABOS album with these pics in the very near future, as well as anything else I can round up on the department. I hope to do one for the DSNY at some point as well. In the meantime, one quirk of this scanner is that it has a film scan size limit of 2.74 x 9.00 inches, but many of my negatives are 4.0 x 5.0 inches, and thus can not be scanned in their entirety (i.e. cropped). If anyone has any experience with the V550 and knows how to overcome this, please let me know. Otherwise, I will do the best I can with what I have.

(January 29, 2017)
    I'm posting links to two new albums here, Vestfold Bil & Karosseri (VBK) and Hagemann & Partner. These two are new to me, and when I have new entries to the Database such as these, I will try and get some minimal info posted as soon as possible. In the case of VBK, this is the first manufacturer in the Database from Norway, but there is little information to be found about their seemingly rare refuse bodies. Hagemann is still in business, and seems to specialize in compact side loaders.

    I've upgraded the picture of The Litter Gulper dhown on the CRT home page and in its album. It is identical to the one replaced, but of much higher quality. Also found a picture of an Edbro skip loader with trailer:

(January 21, 2017)
    Two interesting photos to share...first up is a rare look at a 13-yard Cleburne Ranger rear loader, nearly new, from the early 1970s. Cleburne was a Texas manufacturer which was acquired by Dempster in 1972-73, and ultimately thee small rear loaders were sold as the Dempster Route Mate. Very few images of the Cleburne-badged Ranger exist. The owner standing proudly with his new truck is Elmo Astle, a private hauler who worked the City of Afton and the Star Valley area of Wyoming.

    Below is what I believe to be a 15-yard Clyde Refuse Getter working in Waverley, New South Wales in the mid-1960s. Clyde produced this Leach body in Australia for many years, but this particular truck was not identified and will remain tentative for now. This is the latest model Refuse Getter that I've ever found, and the only one with a vertically ribbed body and 1.5 cubic yard loading trough, although otherwise it looks much like the Leach version on the 1950s.

(January 15, 2017)
    Have recently obtained a better quality image of Z301 from the UNSOLVED MYSTERIES page, and am posting here for more publicity and hopefully identification. Unfortunately, the emblem on the tailgate door is still not identifiable (to me), although I suspect it may be a "Powell Duffryn" logo. This is one of the more unusual front loaders I've ever seen, with its "pusher" lift arm cylinders and the toggle linkage built into the arm joint. Mounted on a Leyland Bison with the Ergonomic cab, I would estimate this to be no later than very early 1980s, and obviously British.

(January 8, 2017)
    CRT is back for 2017, and despite no new updates for the month of December, I was able to make a lot of progress during that time on the second half of the Heil album, which will cover the years from 1961 to the present. I hope to have everything done no later than this Spring, but will publish it earlier time permitting.

    I received an email recently from the owner of the Dempster Trade Show model, and hoped to have some update on its current status. I have not heard back from the owner as of this writing. If "George" is reading this post, please try and contact me again in case my message did not get through. I sure the readers of CRT would be interested to hear more about this incredible scale model.

    I've added a new page for the Litter Gulper, our featured truck for January. The story is shown in its entirety below, as well in an album in the CRT Refuse Body Database. I'm going to file this one under its name (Litter Gulper) since it was most likely never in regular production by the manufacturer (Pioneer Engineering). It will be cross-referenced in the Database under Pioneer and American Can Co., which was the sponsor of the prototype.


The Litter Gulper Mark II attachment on EVO Lodal refuse truck

    The early 1970s saw an increased public awareness in ecology, which spawned a public service campaign against roadside litter in the United States. The "Pitch In" logo soon began appearing on refuse receptacles, and the memorable television PSA showing the American Indian weeping as motorists tossed trash out of their windows became emblematic of the movement. At the same time, technological developments in refuse collection equipment were just breaking out, such as the Son of Godzilla, the Gulf MBR, The Jumping Bean and the Glen Myers autoloader.

    Out of this came the Litter Gulper, the creation of Jerry Fleming of Oroville, Washington. This device was an attachment arm which was coupled to a conventional refuse packer, and was designed to patrol highways and automatically pick up roadside refuse without the driver ever leaving his vehicle. Fleming built his own prototype, and later a working prototype was commissioned based on his design by The American Can Company, a producer of packaging (primarily beverage containers) which made up a large part of highway litter. The finished product, dubbed the "Mark II", was built by Pioneer Engineering & Manufacturing of Warren, Michigan. Pioneer was the largest and oldest engineering firm in Detroit, and had long worked with the major auto manufacturers based there. Starting with a standard Lodal EVO unitized side loader, Pioneer added a 17-foot reach loader arm with a conveyor belt which emptied into the hopper of EVO. At the opposite end, the opening was fitted with compressed air jets and a sweeper to dislodge and lift loose rubbish (including bottles and cans) on to the conveyor, at a working height of up to 4-feet above street level. The dual steering controls of the EVO made the operation easier from the right-hand drive position, while left-hand drive could be used to-and-from the job.

    The Litter Gulper was a novel and timely idea, but except for this prototype, there is no evidence that any more copies were ever built. The Litter Gulper received some mainstream and trade press coverage in 1972, but ultimately was probably too expensive for most municipalities. It was a novel idea, and timely, but probably was just too cumbersome and expensive for the job it performed. It remains today as a mechanized footnote in the 1970s ecology movement, a cross between a road sweeper and a refuse truck.

Inventor Jerry Fleming demonstrates his Litter Gulper in 1972

REFERENCES: American City Magazine, September 1972, page 12 "Roadside Litter Gulper"

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