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about recent changes to Classic Refuse Trucks
(November 29, 2013)
NEW LINKS-Three new links of interest recently added to CRT:
WEST COAST STEEL
All types of refuse trucks, specializing in the independent builders of the western United States. Brought to you by Zachary Geroux, and featuring his own photography plus vintage pictures from the S. Vincen Bowles archive.
This British photo archive has a section devoted to refuse equipment with several hundred vintage images.
Thanks to Kevin Sowter for submitting this link
COMMERCIAL MOTOR ARCHIVE
A comprehensive documentation of British trucking history since 1905 from the pages of Commercial Motor. Easy to use search engine, a must for those interested in British refuse vehicles and motor trucks in general
Thanks to Bob Hakewill for submitting this link
(November 17, 2013)
Added entry for MG Welding. Also, Chris Samborsky reports that Ontario-based refuse truck builder Fanotech is out of business. At this time I am unable to corroborate, but the firm hasbeen in some financial trouble since 2011. Fanotech builds front and rear loaders similar to the E-Z Pack Goliath and Hercules series.
SOME MYSTERIES SOLVED
Unsolved Mystery #9, and most likely #10, have been solved: Zach Geroux found more pictures of #9 among the S. Vincen Bowles photo archives. It is in fact a Bowles full-pack of about 50 yards capacity, with the notation "Chester Otting", for whom it was presumably built.
GAR WOODS WANTED, AND GAR WOODS RESCUED
From the Waste Pro Refuse Truck Museum in Sanford, Florida, Scott Collier is asking for help locating a restorable "Slam Door" Gar Wood Load-Packer to add to their growing collection. These were made from 1937-1952 and can be identified by the manually-operated ram door through which refuse is loaded into the hopper. Contact Scott at 407-937-2668 or E-mail if you can help.
SEEN ON THE STREET
COLLECTORS CORNER: TEKNO GEESINKS:
Back in 2009, CRT reported a new replica of the Geesink GPM3 rear loader was being offered by Tekno. Ismael Ahure has provided some more details about this model, and I have updated page CC16 with his information.
THE JUMPING BEAN
Among the many treasures that Zach Geroux has discovered with the S. Vincen Bowles photo archive are images of the Jumping Bean, an unusual automated loader that received a fair amount of industry press in the early 1970s. At a time when automated cart loaders were still in their experimental stage, other methods of automated collection were still being considered.
Whatever the reasons, the Jumping Bean soon vanished into history, and cart tippers eventually became the standard method of automated collection in the United States.
Many have been hoping to see the return of Gar Wood and Heil to the CRT album pages. What started out as re-write of the Heil album crossed over into Gar Wood's history, and resulted in a complete overhaul of that album as well. Gar Wood is now 90-percent complete, and is one of the biggest albums I've ever created for this site. Unfortunately, time constraints stopped my progress in early October, and will have to further delay the album for at least a few more weeks or longer. Heil has been started, but just barely, and will have to be considered a 2014 project at this point.
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