Blue whale sized project Toowomba

The Federal Government reports that 32 concrete girders, each the length of a fully-grown blue whale, have been installed as part of construction on a new overpass west of Toowoomba, Queensland.

 

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey was ramping up, with the major engineering milestone recently achieved between Charlton and Kingsthorpe.

 

According to Mr. Chester, the installation of the girders for the new overpass at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road represented a major milestone in the Stage 2 duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey.

 

“This is a known crash site and safety on the highway will be greatly enhanced once the overpass is opened to traffic in November 2017,” said Mr. Chester. “This $160 million upgrade is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.”

 

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey, has said the girders, which measure 25 metres long and weigh 27.7 tonnes, would provide the platform for the new overpass on the highway at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road.

 

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the girders needed specialised heavy transport to move, and large cranes to lift and place them on the bridge sub-structure.

 

“The installation of 32 concrete girders formed an important component for the construction of the new overpass,” said McVeigh. “Stage one of the project was completed in July 2016 and the Stage two upgrade between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will vastly improve safety through better separation of opposing lanes of traffic, upgrading several intersections and providing new turning lanes,” said Mr. McVeigh.

 

The Australian Government has committed $128 million towards the $160 million Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Charlton to Kingsthorpe) project, with the Queensland Government contributing $32 million.

 

The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split arrangement.

 

With thanks, TMR and Roads Online. Photo credit; Maranaplusmore.com.au www.torquepower.com.au

Cummins Westport CWI 12L Near Zero engine

Road test of a heavy duty truck powered by the new Cummins Westport CWI 12L Near Zero engine at the Ports in California, shows outstanding performance on the Grapevine while hauling a full load!

 

The ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine is the first MidRange engine in North America to receive emission certifications from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) in California for meeting the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional Near Zero NOx Emissions standards for medium-duty truck, urban bus, school bus, and refuse applications.

 

The game-changing Cummins Westport ISL G NZ exhaust emissions are 90% lower than the current EPA NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr. The ISL G NZ also meets the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G.

 

Like the industry leading ISL G engine, the ISL G Near Zero operates on 100% natural gas which can be carried on the vehicle in either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) form. The ISL G Near Zero can also run on renewable natural gas (RNG).

 

The price of diesel goes up a little bit and immediately LNG and all that gas comes back into the reckoning. The margins in road transport are so slim, only a small incremental change can tip the balance between fuel options.

 

While carbon emission reduction is a major talking point in Europe, it is barely on the horizon here in Australia. The apparent impasse in Canberra in developing any kind of viable carbon reduction scheme, means truck operators here are not looking to reduce carbon emissions to reduce costs.

 

However, this is not stopping some operators from having a go. Currently, there are two trucks, a Kenworth T403 and a Volvo FH540, working in a major resources hauling fleet with a bespoke gas and diesel mix system researching the cost, carbon and particulates reduction implications.

 

The only driver for reduced carbon engines is the corporate decisions made by some of the multinational giants operating here to reduce their carbon emissions globally, including Australia. We will not expect any major changes in the economics around reduced carbon footprint until a clear policy framework evolves.

 

Another driver for change in Europe and North America is the production of methane gas from renewable sources, biogas. This has the ability to drastically cut carbon emissions up to 100 per cent.

 

In the US the next round of emissions control are all about carbon footprint reduction. There are also even stronger restrictions in areas around the Ports of LosAngeles and Long Beach, incentivising transport businesses to look at alternatives like electric and LNG power. As a result engines like this Cummins Westport 12 litre are being trialled in many fleets.

 

With thanks Diesel News.  Photo credit Westport Cummins

http://www.cumminswestport.com/models/isl-g-near-zero

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Autonomous freight movements in the NSW bush

The New South Wales Government is exploring the possibilities of autonomous trucks with freight movements expected to double across metropolitan areas and by up to 25 per cent in the bush by 2056, according to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has reportedly unveiled a regional transport plan at Ballina that would suggest that driverless freight trucks could be a common sight on New South Wales roads in the future.

“Certainly in terms of safety, first and foremost, it will be a big change,” said Constance. “And we are working to make sure that with the advent of autonomous vehicles, particularly in the bush, we do actually look at what’s required in an infrastructure sense.” Roads Minister Melinda Pavey reportedly told the ABC that she would prefer autonomous vehicle trials to be conducted in regional New South Wales.

“That is the area that is probably weaker in our road safety statistics and we want to see that improved,” said Ms. Pavey. “And it is vital that regional communities are part of it and we are not scared about how it’s going to change things because it’s going to make the roads safer.”
She reportedly said the state introduced legislation in the past few months so it could be ready for this change.

“Our officials are watching what’s happening throughout the world,” said Ms. Pavey. “We want to be part of it, we don’t want to make it complicated if anybody wants to come in and bring autonomous vehicle technology that’s going to make it safer on our roads.

“It’s contrary to our own instincts to think it would be safe without a driver behind the wheel but we must remember that 94 per cent of all accidents involve human error and if we can harness the latest technology, we can actually save lives and drive the road toll down,” she said.

The ABC has said that the concept contained in the draft regional transport plan will be open for community comment until 3 December.

Content and photo credit – Anastasia Razdiakonova MEGATRANS2018

 

 

 

 

LITTLE KNOWN AUSTRALIAN TRUCK TESTING FACILITY

The Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) is near Anglesea in the Otway Forest Park, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. International Harvester originally built the place when it was a power in Australia and based in Geelong.

The original Acco trucks designed and built in the fifties and sixties would have seen their first light of day at this testing track.
It is a little unusual for a transport company to own such a specialised facility, but Lindsay Fox is an unusual man. It is the biggest testing area of its kind in Australia. As such, a lot of testing by many of the automotive companies takes place here.

It is such a big site, there will often be a number of different testing programs going on at any one time. Often those doing the testing will be competitors, so confidentiality and clearly defined partitioning of the site is often necessary to ensure the wrong person doesn’t get to see another’s next generation vehicle, tyre or braking system at work.

Another use for the facility is for events involving vehicles. Journalists for truck magazines often get their first taste of a new truck in the enclosed and secret confines of the AARC track. There is a long enough main track and a substantial country road type scenario for a driver to get a reasonable first impression of any new technologies or designs, before getting the opportunity to test the truck in more realistic conditions out on the highway, after the truck’s release.

With thanks AARC and Linfox.  www.torquepower.com.au

Idling myths, and a new heart for your truck

Here’s a cautionary tale about idling. Granddad said idle hands were the devil’s workshop, but it doesn’t help trucks either. A few myths have been disapproved about restarting the engine. In reality, an engine restart only uses fuel approximately equal to 10 seconds of idling, and restarting the engine causes less engine wear.

In the US for example, 3.8 billion litres of fuel are consumed annually by idling heavy-duty truck and locomotive engines. But when you’re powering a concrete agitator, you have little choice. You idle at the concrete plant, and then you idle at the job-site keeping the concrete from going off.

Today in the workshop at Torquepower, we are simultaneously replacing two Cummins ISC Common-rail engines. An Acco that’s done a lot of kilometres and the other, a Mack, that powers a concrete agitator, that has done few kilometres, but a huge number of engine hours. When it comes time; through high hours or kilometres; talk to us about a new heart for your truck.  Even if you have the older ADR80/00 C.A.P.S Fuel System ISC Engine; at Torquepower, we can supply and fit the newer ADR80/02 Cummins ISC Common-Rail in its place. If you need a new engine call our Sales Manager Paul Duce now on 0404 098 870 for all available options and pricing.

New Engines

2017 Technology works with 1990 Volvo at Torquepower

2017 Diesel Teechnogy works with a 1990 VOLVO. “ I came into Torquepower after the replacement engine was fitted because of smoke and a lack of power.  “George” ( Anthony) Kunst is a Gympie born and bred driver of 35 years, that now has 2017 technology on a 1990 truck. “ I’ve never found a gold nugget, so we ‘grow’ rocks and drive trucks. “ He’s part of a family that drives . Wife Melissa is an accomplished excavator operator and driver. George jokes, “It’s very dry outside Gympie, people are waiting for water trucks, so the rocks aren’t growing very quickly.”

Sunshine Basalt are all about home grown rocks. Mum and Dad -in-law and Melissa excavate the rocks and George freights them. “What’s great about our rocks is that they are all-natural bush rocks.” I thought all rocks were natural ? “Not so, some are blown out. These are all natural shapes, complete with aged moss for waterfall and gardens. Basalt is harder than sandstone, and it won’t degrade or crumble like quarry rock, and over time they become darker, and covered with attractive moss and lichens. “

A million dollar weekender at Sunshine Coast has just had 32 truck-loads of Sunshine Basalt delivered for rock walls, and the landscape gardener loves them. A load of rocks to Victoria Point yesterday for stairs was pronounced perfect.

The Sunshine Basalt Volvo is 27 years old, and has just clicked over one million kilometres. The 14 litre NT855 Cummins motor replaced out an old Volvo 16 litre engine . Says George, “ I like Cummins, I’ve grown up with Cummins. I’ve dealt with Torquepower since the early days 35 years ago, buying pumps and injectors for my mechanic in Gympie when I was running a T-line 230. I knew my truck should pull better than that, even with a 22 and a half tonne load of rocks.

“I came into Torquepower after the replacement engine was fitted because of smoke and a lack of power. The truck had an air accelerator now adjusted to cable. Now that the pump is right, everything should be right. Torquepower is brilliant. I like that they look after my budget. I talk to Carl and Justin, we spend a bit, then I go away and test it, so I save as I go. What we did two weeks ago with the pump has totally changed the truck for the better. Today’s visit will be the icing on the cake. I now have 400 HP and automatic engine braking release. That’s 2017 computer technology on a 1990 truck ! When I take the account home to my Missus, and she says. ‘Oh that’s better than I expected”, I know all is well. We would have done this six years ago, had I believed that it would go this well.” 0732778277 170 Beatty Road, TORQUEPOWER QLD https://www.torquepower.com.au/workshop-service/

IT’S MIDNIGHT and you need a Cummins Part

IT’S MIDNIGHT AND YOU NEED A Cummins Part … Just jump onto www.torquepower.com . Order your part on our new website ( it’s a dream to use, and unique in the industry) … and your part will be ready for delivery or pick up the next business morning.  If you are in trouble, and need the part immediately, call 0732778277 and our after hours emergency team will get it to you.  ( Call-out fees apply)

Anyone can access the Torquepower Online Parts Store. You can even find your Cummins parts without a Parts Catalogue and without access to the proprietary Cummins Quick Serve software. Using it will help you in the successful running of your own Cummins reliant enterprise. If you are a trade customer please ask for your own Trade Counter Log In so you can log in, check your pricing, easily order multiple parts lines, and download your Invoices and Statements .

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HAPPY 39th BIRTHDAY Torquepower

Seems when you start a business because of your passion to look after other small to medium business operators (and then work hard and sleep little) everyone wins. On August 9th 1978, Ken and Jude Roberts founded Torquepower with an intention to better support heavy transport operators.

Today, Torquepower holds the largest inventory of Genuine Cummins parts outside of the manufacturer’s own stocks. As a single location, its Cummins parts coverage is one of the largest in the country even when including manufacturer branches.
Torquepower’s strong history, staff expertise and high immediate pick-rate for Cummins parts means that it attracts interest from right across Australia, out into the Pacific Rim and beyond. It is a clear testament to a great team, great product passion and a vast highly valued customer base as we share our vision and continue to grow the business into our 40th business year.

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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

A reconditioned Short Block could be an economical repair option for your engine. Today Carl works on an N14 Celect Plus reconditioned short block for a customer on the eastern seaboard. It’s all in a day’s work for Torquepower, your Rebuild Specialist. Ask us for more information 0732778277 https://www.torquepower.com.au/recon/

What Makes Torquepower Your Rebuild Specialist?

We can rebuild and update your Engine from the ground up.
Basic through to Premium Plus Rebuilds
100% Commitment to cleaning, inspection and build quality, means guaranteed finished product integrity.
Strict compliance with manufacturer specifications
Genuine Cummins parts used in the overhaul
Nearly 40 years’ experience reconditioning diesel engines
We partner and communicate with you right through the project

 

 

Brisbane RNA Ekka Holiday

It’s nearly time for the EKKA !!  We welcome all regional and country visitors to see us for their Cummins needs. Torquepower will however be closed for the EKKA SHOW DAY HOLIDAY, WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST. EMERGENCY PARTS SUPPORT will still be available but call-out charges will apply. Call us early on 0732778277 or go to https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#About

Torquepower – it’s our 39th EKKA !!

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held over ten full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane.

The Ekka has been bringing the country and city together since 1876, to celebrate and champion agriculture and the critical role it plays in our everyday lives.

This year marks the 140th show, and more than 400,000 people are expected to come together to celebrate Queensland’s most loved annual event.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland with animal competitions, award-winning food and wine, live entertainment, carnival fun, family shopping, educational activities and much more.

This iconic show is full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories which have been passed down through generations of families. It’s a true Queensland experience and one not to be missed.

With thanks, https://www.ekka.com.au