Big Rigs – Torquepower – Aug 2014
Ipswich Trucking giant’s depot is historical gold.
“I really hate our throwaway society “says Trevor Haley, Workshop manager for Beaumont Transport. After many years with the Ipswich transport icon, he still loves coming to work, and is happy to see the old four story concrete and glass power station Beaumont’s use for their Tivoli depot has had a second life.
Established in Ipswich in 1970, Beaumont Transport Pty Ltd has grown from a small two-truck operation to a major industry force employing more than 220 people. Beaumont’s have served the coal industry for more than 3 decades with an extensive fleet of prime movers and trailers, including “b” doubles, road trains and body and dogs, end loaders, bulldozers and excavators.
Beaumont’s Tivoli office is historical gold. Based in the old Power Station in Tivoli, and originally called Abermain, it was built in 1952-3 at a cost of $2 million. It comprised two Babcock and Wilcox boilers supplying steam for a 10,000 kilowatt turbine and alternator. It met emergency demands for power in the winter of 1953 and then became part of the Southern Electric Authority’s generating system, one of the first power stations in Australia in to use a cooling tower system for the extraction of heat from condenser water to enable its re-use.
The station stood adjacent to the Haighmoor-Tivoli Colliery and was the first SEA power station to be located on a coalfield, a practice that was continued with Swanbank. The power house ceased operation in 1967 and was placed in reserve. Of the original structure, only the chimney is no longer standing.
Trevor says, “Much of Beaumont’s success can be attributed to the dedication and remarkable work ethic of its founder and director, Richie Beaumont. He grew up in the transport trade and started his own bulk haulage business from behind the wheel of a tipper carting coal for a local colliery.”
Richie’s experience under the bonnet has also led to the establishment of a fully equipped workshop at the company’s Tivoli headquarters to service and repair the entire Beaumont fleet, which Trevor is pleased to manage.
“Right from the early days, Torquepower has wanted us to help us in any way they can. They’ve got good people, who know Cummins parts and service well, and go to great lengths to cover any needs we might have. They provide the same level of service even if you haven’t spoken for a while.”
This year Beaumont’s was purchased as an attractive addition to the Qube Logistics Group. Torquepower is proud to serve Beaumonts and support all Cummins engine operators .
Torquepower has independently specialised in the service and support of all Cummins engines applications since 1978. They have a massive parts stock of both genuine & quality alternatives, a wide range of service/ repair options and deliver anywhere. You can call on 07 3277 8277, fax 07 3274 1350 till 6pm or enquire or order at www.torquepower.com.au 24 hours a day.
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