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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:49 pm

I found this poem written by an Ole Transcon Driver, it brought back some good memories for me maybe it will for you, if you were a truck driver back in the day before deregulation and maybe even after. Wink

Transcon Memories
Charlie King Transcon driver 1968-1990

Gather round old trucking friends
And lift your cups with pride
We'll drink a toast to diesel smoke
And our comrades who have died
To all the men who've made that trip
That we all someday must run
When death hands us our last dispatch
And our earthly days are done
To the ones who died in sleepers
Somewhere out on the road
And the ones who died behind the wheel
Crushed by a heavy load
And the ones who died in nursing homes
Alone and old and tired
And the ones who died by their own hand
Because living was too hard
To Transcon blue In days long past
To the job we loved the most
And to all our pals who hauled the freight
In blue trucks from coast to coast
There's three thousand drivers maybe more
Who drove the Transcon blue
There's a million stories we could tell
And most of them are true
Some were preachers some were creatures
Some were men too tough to kill
Country boys and city slickers
Some of us are living still
And some times we get together
And we tell our tales and smile
Of the hell we raised from coast to coast
There's a story every mile
About diesel trucks and smokies
An old Cummins running right
And the fire she pulls and the way she sounds
Climbing Ashfork late at night
And we talk about Ole Yarnell
And we talk about the Spires
And the gals we've known in truck stops
And the fights we've had in bars
Forgive us when we stretch the truth
Or sometimes shed a tear
We're talking about the times we loved
And the memories all are dear
We were young and tough a way back then
And the job was fresh and new
We were broke and hungry "good ole boys"
And we all loved Transcon Blue
So waitress bring the coffee pot
And fill our cups again
And pay no mind to how we talk
Remember we're old men
And all we have are memories
Of the days so long ago
When we were young and strong and fast
And the trucks were old and slow

One that I drove back in the 80's

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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:04 pm

Good stuff Ron, thanks for posting.

I have it in mind to record a truck driving tune I composed a good few years ago but never did anything with. It's a tribute to you folks who keep our economy alive on a daily basis, and who never get much if any notice.

FYI, my former recording studio partner and former band mate drives. He is one of my inspirations.


Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:10 pm

I would surely like to hear that one someday sir!
I still remember some of the ole songs back then and one comes to mind done by Dave Dudley, "6 days on the Road"
And of course many many more. Almost makes me wish I could go back there and relive it all but, hell nowadays an hour on the road would kill me. 5) lol!

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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:18 pm

Heh, nothing like a Cabover beating your kidneys to death. Wink Keep on trucking! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:22 pm

eklektos44 wrote:
Heh, nothing like a Cabover beating your kidneys to death. Wink Keep on trucking! Cool

Hey, that ole cabover ran as smooth as silk compared to some the the ole Macks and Intertrashtionals I've had to drive.
The sweetest one I ever had was a 1999 Kenworth Conventional that was like a Cadillac next to everything I drove before.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:26 pm

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eklektos44 wrote:
Heh, nothing like a Cabover beating your kidneys to death. Wink Keep on trucking! Cool

Hey, that ole cabover ran as smooth as silk compared to some the the ole Macks and Intertrashtionals I've had to drive.
The sweetest one I ever had was a 1999 Kenworth Conventional that was like a Cadillac next to everything I drove before.

Smoothest one I ever drove was a Freightliner hood. But it took a football field to turn it around. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:40 pm

Nice rig, Cart! That photo was taken near Tucson, I bet...

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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:47 pm

Drove a freightshaker cabinover "first on the scene" for Dollar General.. Left there after a bit and wound up in a 118bbc, 48in bunked, FLD and thought I'd died and went to heaven....

Toss up to which I miss the most.  Drove a brownish/purple flat top International with a 425 mechanical and a 13 double over for Bob Bush (RIP) when he owned a third of LTC.. A/C went out about as often as it worked, but damn that thing would fly low.... I used to let those big Purple Petes roll by, then wind her up and blow their doors off.. lol.. yeah, I was that asshat.

There's pics on here somewhere of the other one.. a Maroon 379 extended with silver fenders, I think (Don't quote me, I cant remember) it had a 500 Detroit in it.. Talk about 40acres, that sumbuck was so long there were Conductors tooting their horn thinking they were passing another train.. lol... BUT.. I ran 3-4 regular and sometimes 5 turns a week up into Dover Pipe territory from Louisville with it.. It wasn't as fast as the Intertrashional  but it'd climb up a tree like a squirrel.  Put it on 70 and you went 70.. None of that 70, 20, 120,70 crap crawling up hills and Georgia Overdriving off of them.

You are still an arse Cart but thanks for the memories. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:40 am

MisterE wrote:
Nice rig, Cart! That photo was taken near Tucson, I bet...

Picacho peak, AZ. just north of Tucson. I was on my way back, did 4 Tucson's and a Vegas about every week for Coke back then.



And PB, feelings mutual except you don't remind me of anything.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:06 am

Grew up in those old trucks. Dad built a wooden box lined with pillows that sat between the seats for me. My brother's were old enough they got to stay in the sleeper while on the road. Of course that was years before car seats. Thanks for bringing back the memories Ron.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:45 am

I'm betting that 'wooden box' you remember is the Doghouse. Toward the mid 90's they started building 'flat floors' but up until that time all cabovers had that Bigarse dog house between the seats. The gear shifter on the first cabover I drove couldn't have been more than 6inches long, and that's with a white boy measuring it.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:47 am

Cartaphilus wrote:
And PB, feelings mutual except you don't remind me of anything.

Oh you remind me of something, but this is a family oriented board with ladies present so I'll just let it go... lol!
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:02 am

Lol PB I remember the cabovers and you're right. My dad however wouldn't drive a cabover till the mid 80's. He started out driving conventionals and that stuck with him till the end of his days. When he died he owned 3 trucks and only one was a cabover. As i recall the only reason he bought that one was because one of his drivers prefered them.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:44 am

My current daily driver:


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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:45 am

Having driven well over a million miles in the past 16 years, I always feel a kinship to the over-the-road driver. The poem reminded me of a spot in Western Maryland,Backbone Mountain, where many drivers lost their lives. The wall is at the bottom of a 5 mile descent. Thankfully, with safety run-off's, it's been many years since an accident at The Wall.

http://www.times-news.com/news/the-wall-lives-lost-at-the-end-of-a-/article_09c98240-271b-11e5-b131-3f1817aea37f.html

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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:13 pm

huffelpuff wrote:
...cabovers...one of his drivers prefered them.

Must of been pre-drug test days cause that boy was on something. 👍



When I went to Florida the OTR truck she made me take was a parts truck... There was literally stuff missing off the thing. I spent a lot of that winter in a Penske day cab. Sucked going down the road, double down sucked waiting at the track, but the back chutes and the hospital runs were gravy. What took 3-4-5 turns in a OTR truck was 'swoop and in' with the day cab.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:19 pm

riff raff wrote:
Having driven well over a million miles in the past 16 years, I always feel a kinship to the over-the-road driver.  The poem reminded me of a spot in Western Maryland,Backbone Mountain, where many drivers lost their lives.  The wall is at the bottom of a 5 mile descent.  Thankfully, with safety run-off's, it's been many years since an accident at The Wall.

http://www.times-news.com/news/the-wall-lives-lost-at-the-end-of-a-/article_09c98240-271b-11e5-b131-3f1817aea37f.html


Al, I never got a chance to see it, but I think they made a movie a few years back about that Backbone Mountain. Had I known it was about truck drivers, I would have already secured a copy of my own.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:08 am

That was Broke Back Mountain.. It was about truckers, go rent a copy.


You know why truckers carry dogs? Sheep would be too obvious.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:28 am

Cart used to deliver coke to Vegas - well, well, well Smile
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:27 am

alandadp wrote:
Cart used to deliver coke to Vegas - well, well, well Smile

No, no, no, Coca Cola, the drink Adam. Funny man, I took a dry van to Vegas, it was bag in the box and 5 gal containers.
Delivered to a place that supplied the Casino's. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:04 pm

Oh, Cart, thanks for passing that one along. What a great piece. My grandfather and uncle both drove back in the day (when I was born, '79) and my mother told me one of my first words was "Yo." accompanied by the 'truckers wave'.
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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:35 pm

I wasn't a driver back when stacks blew black, but did several years of lower 48 + Canada with a flatbed in the early/mid 2000's.  Had a blast.  You go to some interesting places and haul some interesting shit pulling live load flatbed for a Montana based outfit.   Very Happy

The through-the-windshield set is eastbound on I-80 past Elk Mountain (around mm 247) in a hurricane-force ground blizzard (it was not snowing...  the stuff was just being rearranged, Wyoming-style)    Laughing

The shots were taken a few seconds apart in the sequence shown.

The wreck happened about a quarter mile in front of me in Ohio.  Some sort of fuel trailer on a big truck tangled with a couple cars.  Major mess, several fatalities.  

The last shot is the Cat-powered rig I used for a lot of my miles.  Rarely broke, pulled hard.   Good times.

















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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:10 pm

Nice truck sir, those blow'en snow pics remind me of the fog on 15 outside Cajon and the 5 North just over the hill, can't remember the name of it to save my life but, there been some real nasty accidents in it there.
Thankfully I've been no part of them but, made my share of fog at times coming down that hill in old trucks. Wink
Just remembered Grapevine! 5)


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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:41 pm

My old friend and former recording studio partner/bandmate has been driving for a good number of years. He told me he used to have a regular gig between the Mil, WI area and Chi town hauling hazardous waste. Apparently he got an extra certification for this, which also resulted in higher compensation.

He told me that after 911, he would get stopped regularly and gone over with a fine tooth comb by the Interstate Smokies. He'd have to chill by his tractor and wait until they had satisfied themselves. Said it made him feel like a potential criminal. I guess that's what it takes these days.

He doesn't run that route any more. Not because of that.



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PostSubject: Re: In Memory of Truck Drivers in the day   Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:26 am

Brewdude wrote:
My old friend and former recording studio partner/bandmate has been driving for a good number of years. He told me he used to have a regular gig between the Mil, WI area and Chi town hauling hazardous waste. Apparently he got an extra certification for this, which also resulted in higher compensation.

He told me that after 911, he would get stopped regularly and gone over with a fine tooth comb by the Interstate Smokies. He'd have to chill by his tractor and wait until they had satisfied themselves. Said it made him feel like a potential criminal. I guess that's what it takes these days.

He doesn't run that route any more. Not because of that.



Cheers,

RR

Yeah, You had to have all sorts of endorsements to haul certain materials.
I had to have endorsements for doubles (pulling sets of trailers), Hazardous (for placard loads such as Corrosives, Flammables, etc.) and Tank (hauled tankers for Coke and C&H sugar)
And believe it or not I ran placard loads for Coca Cola. Flammables and Corrosives.
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