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Forging ahead Comfort, visibility, power and safety drives the change for Forge Town and country

Millers’ efficiency drive



June 2016


CONTENTS Scania Experience No.16 6 News

Simon says yes to Scania, prize-winning hybrid, pink fire apliances, lugging through forests, powerful new marine engines, repowered used truck sales team.

14 Scania Driver Competitions

It's on again, Scania's open invitation for truck and bus drivers to show us what they're made of.


16 Cover Story: Forging ahead

Alan Forge switches to a Scania-powered solution for the big jobs.

20 Cleaning up the Capital

Introducting Flexible Drain and its new jetvac Scanias keeping Canberra's storm drains clean.

26 Shifting Sands

WA's B&J Catalano is using Scania 8x4 V8 trucks to haul big loads of sand.


30 Millers tell their tale

Switching to Scania for port to depot containerised transport helps a long-established business save.

34 Family Affair

Son Brad helps dad Paul change his mind and it's smiles all round for the Keasts of Kempsey.

38 The Good Oil

Hard-working Scanias, some pulling 100,000 litres in three tankers, keep the lights burning at farms across the south-eastern corner of WA.

42 Not horsing around

Greg McCann shifts into higher gear with a new Scania horsebox for his prized jumpers.




44 Airport fire protection

New, locally-built Scania fire appliance is on call at a private airfield in WA.

48 Ordered off the road

After only 30 years, this hard-wearing Scania coach is put out to pasture, even though it's still good to go.

52 Best of both worlds

Tassielink debuts a new town & country bus that looks after both constituents in the best possible way.

54 Maritimo tries new 1150 hp V8s

Smaller pleasure craft with greater output V8 engines sounds like a recipe for smooth sailing.

56 Dealer Directory

Find Scania branches, dealers and emergency help.

58 The Back Page

Our Man in Brazil is still making Scania models with passion and enthusiasm, and a few bits of tin.

Scania Experience Scania Experience is a magazine about business, vehicles and trends, for ­transport operators and professionals, and is distributed free to all owners of Scania trucks, buses, coaches, and industrial and marine engines.

Managing Editor Alexander Corne Contributing Photographers Charlie Suriano, Mark Horsburgh, Paul Kane, John Pryke, Warren Aitken, Tim Bowman, David Christie, Steven Schueler, Matt Hayes, Judi Haidley, Colin Baker Graphic Design and Layout Motorink Pty Ltd Scania Experience is printed by PostScript Printing Publishing Agencies Motorink Pty Ltd (Aust) + Appelberg, Stockholm, Sweden Scania Experience is published by Scania Australia 212-216 Northbourne Road, Campbellfield, Victoria 3061

No reproduction in whole or in part of this publication is allowed without the permission of the Managing Editor. The publisher does not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs submitted to this publication. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Scania Australia. This publication is issued for informational purposes. Any use of the information provided is at the user’s sole risk, and the publisher shall not be liable for direct, incidental, consequential or indirect damages of any kind arising out of the use of the information made available in this publication. Scania Australia thanks the owners and operators of Scania vehicles for their time and assistance in the compilation of material for this edition.

“ Across all vocations and market segments, fuel efficiency continues to be a key factor affecting profitability.” Roger McCarthy, Managing Director

Service focused

Welcome to the latest edition of Scania Experience, where our customers report back on their operational experiences with our trucks, buses and engines. We continue to place greater emphasis on sharpening our after-sales service, to ensure the on-going ownership experience underpins our brand value of maximum uptime. By providing affordable and predictable service and repair solutions, your vehicle will remain in service for longer, providing you with greater asset utilisation and improved business profitability. For example, we can remove and refit a new drivetrain component in far less time than it takes to refurbish your old gearbox, putting you back to work far more quickly. When it comes time to replace key components, our Fixed Price Repair offer provides a transparent up-front price for the removal and exchange of your old part for a new, factorywarranted part, including labour and consumables. You can be sure of genuine OE quality parts installed by factory-trained technicians. We can already communicate electronically with your buses and trucks to assist with service planning. We will be able to identify, remotely, the parts that need attention, adjustment or replacement, in advance of the vehicle reaching the workshop. This is another way we are working to get you back on the road as fast as possible, because we know that you can’t make money with your truck or bus in the workshop. Already, our Driver Connected Services teams can communicate with vehicles fitted with the Scania Communicator, to enable us to provide real-time data on vehicle efficiency and driver performance through our OnBoard and Optimise packages. Yet another way we aim to help improve your bottom line. Some of our mining customers have been at the leading edge of our connected services roll out, and will most likely be leading the charge to autonomous vehicle usage in the future. The logging industry in Australia is a market sector where margins are tight and efficiency is paramount. Our fuel-efficient engines and chassis specifications combined with our decades of logging transport expertise globally, gives us a vital edge. Across all vocations and market segments, fuel efficiency continues to be a key factor affecting profitability. Until such time as fuel is given away for free, there will always be a need to find efficiencies, and Scania provides rock solid performance in this area across all of our engine ranges. Whatever the future brings, Scania stands with you to ensure you’re best placed to profit from the opportunities that arise. As always we look forward to working with you to increase your profitability.



Simon says yes to Scania V8 fleet Scania is supplying Simon National Carriers with 6 new V8-powered prime movers.


our of the new R 560s will be used as B-doubles plying the busy MelbourneSydney-Brisbane route, rated for 64-tonnes GCM. The remaining two will take on longer, more arduous trips from Brisbane to Darwin and North Queensland, configured as triple road trains, pulling up to 96-tonnes. This is a significant fleet acquisition for the highly regarded national operator that puts safety first in all its activities. Simon National Carriers is renowned for its 90-km/h speed limit, which promotes improved road safety and fuel efficiency. The new Scania trucks have been supplied with a four-year Maintenance and Repair programme to ensure superior uptime. “We have long desired to supply Simon National Carriers with our product and for the past four years they have had one of our R 500 V8 prime movers on the fleet,” says Dean Dal Santo, National Sales Manager for Scania Australia. “That R 500 was an excellent ambassador for Scania, as it performed impeccably in terms of reliability and fuel use, and also impressed with its inherent quality. “The success of this vehicle from a operating cost perspective paved the way for us to supply more vehicles to Simon National Carriers when they came to market for more high horsepower prime movers. “Our total cost of ownership certainly made the difference in the consideration of which vehicles to purchase,” Dean says. “When we demonstrated our costs over

the four year contract maintenance period, the operator was very impressed. They undertook a very thorough and methodical review of all the elements involved in the total cost of ownership and came away with the firm belief that the Scania was the best option. “In addition, these new vehicles are fitted with our state-of-the-art safety systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Electronic Stability Control. These will work in concert with the operator’s commitment to improving road safety for all road users,” Dean says. Shaun Moloney, Simon National Carriers’ National Line-Haul Manager, said that the company had been committed to purchasing European trucks for many years. “We have had a Scania on the fleet for the past four years and it proved to be a superior product. Even after 800,000 km it didn’t squeak or rattle,” Shaun says. “With the new trucks we have tweaked the final drive ratio slightly, to 3.07:1 and the fuel consumption so far has been impressive. As a triple road train, the R 560 has been recording 1.48 km per litre pulling on average 90-tonnes on the Darwin run, and as a B-double in line-haul guise we are getting 2.1 – 2.6 km/litre at around 52-tonnes. “We have been impressed with the Maintenance and Repair Contract Scania has structured for us for this deal. The R 500 proved to be very cost-effective to run and this gives us confidence going forward. “As a result we will be getting the best of both worlds,” Shaun says. “Great quality

Simon’s Shaun Moloney, Scania’s Glenn Stephan and Simon’s Trevor Kemp.

and improved running costs.” The new Scanias for Simon feature premium interiors with leather upholstery on the seats and a metro (low-line) bullbar on the line-haul trucks. The road trains destined for North Queensland and the Northern Territory gain a larger bar and an Icepack cabin cooler. Early driver assessment of the new Scanias has been encouraging. “The Simon National Carriers’ drivers have already told us they admire the Scania’s drivability and stability on the road,” says Dean Dal Santo. “They are able to make the most of the low rev, high torque engine, the fully automated Scania Opticruise gear-changing and Scania Retarder, which allows for a very relaxed journey, and they are enjoying the cabin ambience. “Currently, we are delivering our unique Peak Efficiency Programme to their drivers, through our Scania Master Driver Trainers. This programme familiarises them with the most efficient way of driving the trucks. After this is completed we will be able to analyse the vehicles’ performance using the Scania Optimise fleet monitoring system to ensure they are delivering the results the operator has been promised,” Dean says.


In the pink


Photos: Steven Schueler

outh Australia’s Metropolitan Fire Service is in the process of taking delivery of 6 new Metz-ladder equipped fire fighting appliances built on Scania platforms by Rosenbauer and imported by Sasgar Fire & Rescue. The first batch included this pink lady, supporting the Mother’s Day Classic Event, which helps to raise funds for cancer research across Australia. The P 360 6x4 is one of a new breed of appliances designed to tackle low-rise city conflagrations, and has been delivered as a turnkey operation by Sasgar in association with Scania and Rosenbauer. After the cancer supporting event weekend concludes in May, the pink lady will return to standard red paint in line with the other vehicles in the fleet. Of the remaining Metz ladder-equipped vehicle most will run the more powerful 400 hp version of the Scania 12.7-litre Euro 5 engine. The appliances drive via an Allison automatic transmission, and crews enjoy the spacious environment of the larger CP31 CrewCab. “Scania with Sasgar and Rosenbauer specified the appliance to meet the needs of the Metz ladder,” says Shane Griffin, Scania Australia’s National Manager, Specialist Vehicles. “A key advantage of the Scania modular concept is that we are able work with specialist body builders to ensure customers can build the appliance they desire to their exact specifications,” he says.

Hybrid wins prize


cania’s recently-launched hybrid distribution truck has been awarded the prestigious German ‘Green Truck Future Innovation 2016’ prize by the leading trade magazine ‘Verkehrsrundschau’. The hybrid solution allows an 18-tonne distribution truck to operate solely on electric power for up to 2 km. Electric operations are primarily intended for situations such as city distribution at night in noise sensitive areas or driving through warehouses and underground car parks where exhaust fumes must be avoided. In the electric mode, the sound level is below 72 dB(A). The electric motor is combined with Scania’s 9-litre Euro 6 engine, which can be operated on 100 percent biodiesel, such as FAME or HVO. With this latter fuel, CO2 can be reduced by as much as 92 percent. This modular powertrain has an electric motor that delivers 130 kW (174 hp), with torque of 1,050 Nm.

Out on a high


cania wrapped up another successful year’s trading in Australia, posting 707 truck sales for 2015, including 134 deliveries in December. The scope of the 2015 achievement is far greater than the ultimate numbers of new vehicles delivered, with notable increases in parts sales, further successes for Truck Rental and the launch of our innovative, industry-leading Driver Services Division being highlights of the year. Scania continued to hold its position as the third largest-selling heavy-duty truck brand in Australia, based on the market segments in which it operates: namely the cab-over segment above 16-tonnes. Scania Australia also delivered 297 bus chassis and fully built up Scania-Higer A30 school and charter buses.

Scania truck and bus sales were strong in 2015, as were sales of services. Pickerings’ fleet, above, now 23-Scanias strong, while Grey Line added new Irizar i6-bodied touring coaches. Pictures: Tim Bowman, Charlie Suriano.



Auto brakes cut accident risk Photo: David Christie

Driverless Scanias set for mines



dvanced Emergency Braking is now a standard feature on Scania Australia delivered stock prime movers with outputs of 440 hp and above. Scania is the first heavy vehicle importer in Australia to offer this new generation safety equipment as standard on high output prime movers with 440 hp or more. The Advanced Emergency Braking system is part of a safety upgrade that includes Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. AEB integrates the radar and camera functions of both systems to provide autonomous emergency braking warning and intervention, to prevent two moving vehicles colliding, or the Scania truck running into stationary traffic. This potentially life-saving technology is now fitted to all stock prime movers destined for regular line-haul and distribution work, with engine outputs of 440 hp and above, across the full P, G and R-series ranges of cabs. The Advanced Emergency Braking system can be specified for the majority of other on-road vehicles in the Scania truck range, where it is not fitted as standard. “We have engineered a full size bull bar locally that is compatible with the system’s radar, in association with Advanced Herd Bars, one of our national suppliers,” says Ian Butler, Scania Australia’s New Vehicle Technical Support Specialist. The AEB system is able to autonomously slow the truck or bring it to a complete stop, if for some reason the driver fails to respond to circumstances that may lead to a collision. Scania’s AEB is a driver aid only, and does not remove the responsibility from the driver for safe control of his vehicle. It is important to note that the Scania Advanced Emergency Braking aid does not adapt to driving conditions or weather. Watch the YouTube video here: watch?v=S1EbyBo9dMY

cania is at the forefront of research into driverless trucks with tests under real-life conditions not far away. Scania’s ‘Astator’ test vehicles have been developed to the point they can now drive around with an empty driver’s seat on a test track, running through simulations of mine site loading and unloading under remote control. It’s also capable of safely dealing with obstacles on the road. This mining truck is the first of its kind, with developers at Scania and researchers from technical colleges in Sweden examining the role driverless trucks could play in tomorrow’s transport system. “Mines are environments that are especially well-suited to self-driving vehicles,” says Lars Hjorth, responsible for pre-development within Autonomous Transport Solutions at Scania. “The area is contained and the operator can control what

equipment or personnel are working in the area.” “Self-driving mining trucks could become a reality within a few years,” says Hjorth. “The next step could be self-driving container trucks in ports. And after that the technology will also come to the long haul transport sector, with self-driving vehicles driving between large transport centres where their cargoes are then loaded into last mile delivery trucks.” In Australia, Scania is already in dialogue with a number of customers regarding potential applications for driverless trucks, both on road and in off-road non-traffic environments. “We see a lot of opportunity for Scania to leverage its autonomous truck technology in the not-so-distant future in Australia,” says Robert Taylor, General Manager of Scania Australia’s Mining and Resources division.

1000 connected vehicles


cania Australia is leading the roll-out of intelligent fleet utilisation and efficiency enhancement. More than 1000 vehicles are now connected to the OnBoard and Optimise platforms. Connected fleet analysis allows our customers full visibility regarding vehicle use and driver behaviour, and Scania’s unique follow-up coaching concept prolongs the benefits of efficiency tips passed on by the Scania Master Driver Trainers. “We began offering Scania OnBoard and Scania Optimise to our customers around 8 months ago and the results have been exceptionally promising,” says Alexander Sundin, Scania Australia Driver Services Manager. “We are confident the rate of adoption will continue to accelerate as fleet customers experience the full benefits of the programmes, which enable them to make significant improvements to their total operating expenditure,” Sundin says. Scania’s Driver Services team aims to help operators achieve fuel savings of around 10%. 170,000+ Scanias are connected globally.


Celebrating a milestone


cania is celebrating 125 years of innovation in 2016. From its founding as a privately owned wagonbuilding company back in 1891 to today’s connected vehicles, Scania has stood strong through good times and bad. And today, that successful journey continues. In 1891 the privately owned wagon-building company Vabis was established in Södertälje, 30km outside Stockholm. In 1911 Scania-Vabis was created through the amalgamation of Vabis with the Malmö-based, privately owned machinemanufacturing company, Scania. It was in 1923 that ScaniaVabis designer August Nilsson developed a four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine, with successful application in trucks and buses. The first diesel

engine came in 1936 and in 1961 Scania-Vabis aimed to build on its success in Brazil, by opening its first ever production facility outside Sweden, at São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo. A legend was born in 1969 when Scania introduced a 350 hp, 14-litre V8 turbocharged

engine, the most powerful truck motor in Europe, and the pioneer of the low-rev philosophy delivering high-torque output at low engine speeds. The first modular range, the 2-series was introduced in 1980, followed by the 3-series in 1988 and the 4-series in 1995,

both of the latter earning the title International Truck of the Year on debut. The R 730 was revealed in 2010, with the first Scania Euro 6 engine released in 2011. By 2015, more than 150,000 trucks and buses were connected to the Scania monitoring system to enhance operating efficiency.

Truck platooning can reduce carbon emissions


he European Truck Platooning Challenge, the world’s first cross-border heavy vehicle convoy, reiterated the efficiency benefits, but now the task is to overcome the legislative issues. In April several European truck makers including Scania took part in the European Truck Platooning Challenge, organised by the Netherlands as part of its EU Presidency. Melanie Schulz, the Dutch minister for Infrastructure and the Environment who spearheaded this initiative, said: “The results of this first ever major try-out in Europe are promising. It will certainly help my colleagues and I discuss the adjustments needed to make self-driving transport a reality.” There are still

a number of barriers standing in the way of the roll-out of truck platooning across Europe. These barriers are not of a technical nature as platooning technology exists already; rather they are caused by differences in legislation between EU member states. “Platooning will change the transport industry,” according to Mikael Huldt, a Scania driver who travelled with the platoon from Sweden to Rotterdam. “There will be challenges but since there is so much to gain in fuel consumption, up to 10%, these challenges need to be overcome.” “Since up to half the fuel consumption for a typical heavy vehicle on a flat road can be spent on overcoming the aerodynamic drag, it’s clear that platooning has the potential to provide substantial economic benefits for individual haulage companies in addition to the clear environmental gains,” says Senior Engineer Assad Alam, Driver Assistance Controls, at Scania. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 9


Torque of the forest


cania customers H&L Scheidl and Tabeel Trading provided new logging-spec R 620 V8 prime movers to the demonstration area at the 2016 Austimber expo in the forests outside Traralgon, Victoria, in April. Scheidl’s dark blue V8 was hooked to two new low line Kennedy trailers weighing in at 68.5-tonnes GVM, loaded with 46.5-tonnes of logs, while the Tabeel Trading Scania pulled two new Canadian Titan Eclipse thin wall bin trailers filled with 41.5-tonnes of wood chip. The vehicles were made available for Austimber visitors to experience on a typically undulating, unmade track with soft edges, which allowed the Scanias to show off their traction, torque and the safety provided by the new 4100 Retarder. The Scheidl R 620 featured Scania Opticruise with offroad mode while the Tabeel V8 was equipped with a manually

operated 12+2 speed gearbox, in line with typical specification across the logging industry. Judicious use of the load transfer feature and the new CTI tyre inflation system endowed the Scanias with impressive traction under very testing conditions, while the Retarder and engine brake allowed safe and secure downhill travel without troubling the service brakes once during the course of a lap of the woodland. Scania’s display area

welcomed visitors to the show, hosting a trio of prime movers fronted by two eucalyptus green Euro 6 trucks; an R 730 V8 and a G 490, along with a unique 4x4 CrewCab with five seats, suitable for forest fire-fighting activities. “These new Scanias show how serious we are to supply the logging industry with suitable and highly efficient trucks,” says Alfons Reitsma, Scania Regional Executive Manager for South Australia, pictured above. “The trucks have EBS, disc

brakes, roll stability, in-built weigh scales, spark arrestor and Hill Holder systems, while the Scania Opticruise off-road mode delivers faster, safer gearshifts. The load transfer system can provide up to a 30% improvement in traction for the front set of drive axles, which on a soft and loose uphill climb can make the difference between arriving safely at the top or getting stuck halfway. “Our demonstrator vehicles show clearly just how well-suited they are to off-road logging applications, where there is no room for error,” Alfons says. “Off-Road Opticruise, our suite of active and passive safety systems, and even a ventilation system in the driver’s seat, all add up to a reduction in fatigue during a shift, which reduces the potential for disaster,” he says.


T Transdev articulates growth plans

ransdev Melbourne has taken delivery of two new articulated buses on Scania chassis for the busy and growing outer eastern suburbs around Doncaster. Fitted with low floor aluminium articulated route bus bodies, the vehicles will be run on the increasingly popular routes that head from Doncaster to the Melbourne CBD, running at high frequency. “We are increasing our capacity to deliver more passengers into the city with these new vehicles,” says Harry Wijers, Managing Director of Transdev Melbourne. “A modern fleet management programme must be flexible enough to meet demand peaks and the articulated buses will do that for us. We strive to ensure we have the right vehicles on the routes at the right times of the day to deliver the greatest efficiency of operation and the best service to our customers,” he says. “We will run these buses along routes where their capacity will be best utilised. There is scope for us to add further buses of this type to our fleet as and when we see patronage levels on other routes growing.

“Scania is a trusted partner of ours so it made good sense for us to approach them to supply the chassis for these new buses. “We know Scania well, and we partner with them across many of our international operations. Transdev Melbourne provides bus services for a third of Melbourne’s bus network, that’s currently 46 bus routes covered by 510 vehicles. “We expect the fleet to continue to grow as passenger demand increases,” Harry says. “Scania was very pleased to be able to supply Transdev with the chassis and running gear for these new articulated buses,” says Jamie Atkinson from Scania Bus and Coach. “The Scania K 360 chassis offers a powerful 360 hp engine that delivers excellent fuel efficiency and a long working life and impressive total operating economy. This is a proven chassis set up for Australian conditions with similar vehicles in service with ACTION in the ACT, and in South Australia as well. “We look forward to being able to provide Transdev Melbourne with more of these vehicles in the near future as it continues to grow its business,” Jamie says.

Oranges running like clockwork


cania has delivered 11 new N-series buses to Melbourne Airport for use as Long Term Car Park shuttles. The new vehicles replace previous generation K-series Scanias, which have been sold to Metro Tas and are now refurbished and working on city routes on the Apple Isle. The new Airport buses are fitted with Volgren bodies and the vehicles are operated by SkyBus at its on-airport depot. The buses will work around the clock and will carry around 500,000 passengers each month from what is possibly Australia’s largest commercial open-air car park to the terminals, including the new Terminal 4, which has recently opened at Tullamarine. The fleet of buses is scheduled to run so frequently at peak times that waiting periods should be as low as 3 minutes, either at the car park collection points or the arrival terminals. “The new N-series buses use transversely mounted engines and transmissions to provide even more passenger space for a given

length,” says Jamie Atkinson from Scania Australia’s Bus & Coach. “The buses are running 280 hp Euro 5 engines and drive through a ZF automatic transmission. Our customer, Melbourne Airport, received excellent service from the previous generation buses. They needed very little mechanical refurbishment after many years on shuttle duty when they were sold on, underlining the durability of the Scania package and its suitability for arduous stop-start services. “In the long-term car park environment the buses travel at low speed, often filled to capacity, with multiple stops over a very short distance. Typical Scania low rev high torque engine performance ensures that not only are these vehicles able to cope with the roundthe-clock duty cycles, but they do so in a very efficient manner,” Jamie says. The orange buses wear eye-catching Melbourne Airport livery over the rear and left-hand side of the vehicle, leaving the right-hand side clear for potential advertisers. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 11


Scania’s Fixed Price Repairs offer rolls on


cania introduced its Fixed Price Repairs concept for a wide range of common wear items fitted to many of its early and late model trucks last summer, and the response has been so strong, the offer continues through the autumn period. The Scania Fixed Price Repair special offer defines a range of repairs or replacements that can be undertaken for a single upfront advertised price, which covers everything from the parts, to the labour to install the parts, and all consumables. The concept highlights include competitive pricing and Scania Genuine or Service Exchange replacement parts. As an example, a replacement gearbox can be supplied and fitted from $13,990, a clutch kit from $2299, a replacement turbo charger from $1499, or an alternator from $699. A genuine replacement Scania windscreen for the P-, G- and R-series trucks can be supplied and fitted for $799.

Prices will vary by model, with full applicable vehicle and special conditions details available from any Scania workshop or the Scania website. All repair parts fitted by Scania are covered by a 2-year warranty. Should the parts require repair or replacement in that time, they will be replaced or repaired free of charge. “When you consider the time it takes to rebuild a major component and the time off road that requires, not to mention the consequential loss of uptime – or a much needed weekend break from hours behind the wheel – it really does make far more sense to allow the Scania workshop to completely replace the item with a new or service exchange part,” says Mathew Wyatt, Scania National Service Operations Manager. For full terms of the Scania Fixed Price Repair and Fitted Price Guarantee offers, please visit

Used trucks momentum grows


nna Marie Taylor has added direction of Scania’s state-based used truck sales teams to her existing portfolio of Scania Truck Rental, as the pre-owned side of the business hots up. Michael Farrell has joined the rejuvenated sales team, as the account manager for Prestons, in Sydney’s west. Michael was a member of Prestons’ victorious 2013 Top Team finalists, and has moved from the workshop to the front office. Michael joins Newcastle branch’s Gail Giles as the NSW Used Truck Sales force, while in Victoria Abdul Jaleel manages the team of Olivia Falcone, Russell Lawrie, and John

Salameh. In Queensland, Scania used trucks is represented by Rick Child, while over in WA, James Prunster looks after Perth’s used sales. “We constantly have a good mix of stock from a variety of brands, many sourced from trade-ins on new Scanias,” Anna Marie says. “We have European, Japanese and American trucks available. In addition, our used selection has a range of exrental fleet vehicles all with full service history. “With our additional and enthusiastic team members, Scania Used Trucks is entering a growth phase. To further stimulate the business, we will be bringing new offers to the market during 2016.”

Scania Used Truck Sales clicks up a gear with injections of new blood into the sales force. Olivia Falcone and Russell Lawrie in Campbellfield and Michael Farrell in Prestons join the team in 2016, under the direction of Anna Marie Taylor.


Scania heads to the Gates of Hell


isitors to one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours will be able to explore its coastline, as well as a major feeder river under Scania power, when ‘Harbour Master’ begins commercial operations out of Strahan on Tasmania’s wild western coast. The new vessel can carry up to 230 passengers in comfort, either scudding across Macquarie Harbour to Hell’s Gates, the famously shallow yet unpredictable passage through the heads that opens to the Southern Ocean, or slowly cruising up the lower reaches of the Gordon River, thanks to a quartet of 850 hp Scania V8 engines. The 35-metre ‘Harbour Master’ has been custom-designed to meet the needs of owners World Heritage Cruises, and offers three decks and plenty of viewing areas, with well-spaced seats, bars and dining facilities. Built by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart, the vessel is unique in combining the four Scania V8 engines with Sea Fury surface piercing propellers. The quad drive system was specified to allow shallow draft operations, performance efficiency and redundancy, and to complement the low wake design hull. “The propulsion system will provide efficient running at low speeds as well as being able to cross the harbour quickly,” says Roger Janes, Sales and Marketing Manager of Richardson Devine Marine. “The 9 m beam gives the catamaran hull amazing stability in the water.” “Four engines offer plenty of power for normal operations and when cruising the Gordon River the vessel will be able to run on just two engines, making it very economical. “World Heritage Cruises has already purchased two Scania 13.0-litre 6-cylinder engines rated at 500 hp each for another vessel, and RDM has had experience with Scania engines from our project to build four Rockets for Captain Cook Cruises on Sydney Harbour,” Roger says. “We are delighted the customer has opted for four further Scania engines following the success of one of their other vessels with our 13.0-litre units,” says André Arm. “They have been won over by our fuel-efficient technology and ease of integration. Added to this, our modular engine concept means a high degree of parts commonality between engines, which will provide easier maintenance and parts stock holdings as well as guarantee impressive uptime,” André says.

It’s a pleasure


cania launched its most powerful marine engine ever at the Dubai International Boat Show in March, and this dynamic engine, destined for high-end pleasure craft made its Australian debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. The compact 16-litre V8 engine delivers 1200 hp and boasts low weight and unsurpassed fuel economy, allowing for a significantly increased range of operation. Scania’s pleasure-craft engine is based on the company’s modular system, which has been developed over the past 50 years. It guarantees reliability and availability, as well as simplifying service and reducing the need for large numbers of unique spare parts. “This new V8 can provide the powerful heart needed in highspeed pleasure craft, regardless of whether they have a propeller or are driven by waterjet,” says Joel Granath, Senior Vice President for Scania Engines. “It’s the most powerful engine in Scania’s entire portfolio – the most outstanding that we have developed to date.” Scania’s V8 engines are well known for their unsurpassed powerto-weight ratios and powerful torque, something that gives boat owners the best acceleration in the class. The new pleasurecraft engine takes these characteristics a step further.

Scania adds a gas V8


cania has added a gas-fuelled V8 engine to its range of power generation solutions. The engine features lower carbon emissions than the diesel version. The proven 16.4-litre design will capitalise on growing global interest in replacing diesel with natural gas and biogas, reducing both carbon dioxide emissions and noise. With natural gas, CO2 emissions are reduced by as much as 20%; with biogas, reductions can be as much as 90%. Scania Engines anticipates demand emanating from Brazil and Russia, as well as for remote locations where gas is readily available and power is needed. The engine delivers 500/525 kVA at 1500/1800 rpm and uses a four-stroke spark-ignition system. To run on gas, the piston head is shaped to reduce the compression ratio to 12.6:1, compared to a compression ratio of between 16:1 and 20:1 for diesel engines. The air and fuel injection systems are modified accordingly, also. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 13


Photos: John Pryke

Get your eye in: First task of hitting the bullseye gets the tests off to a strong start. Didn’t hurt a bit: Eventual bus winner Jola Ramsay, below, alights after one of the bus manoeuvring tests, pumped with his performance.



for truck and bus drivers will run again in Australia as part of Scania’s world-wide skills, safety and efficiency programme. In 2014, more than 100,000 drivers from more than 40 countries participated in the Scania Driver Competitions. The Scania Driver Competitions will be held in Australia for the 6th time for truck drivers and the 3rd time for bus drivers in 2016. Scania Australia has been running these driver competitions since 2007 with the aim of raising the profile of professional drivers and the road transport industry among the general public. In 2016, prizes worth thousands of dollars will be awarded to the winning truck and bus drivers who successfully navigate the on-line challenger round, and then graduate to the national final, which will be held in Melbourne at the end of October. The initial round of the competition is a knowledge-based test conducted via the internet, while the national final will test on-road, real world driving abilities, COMPETITION



The National Final will be held in Melbourne in 2016, with a day for truck drivers and a day for bus drivers. At the 2014 National Finals in Queensland, pictured, drivers were put through their paces manoeuvring vehicles with precision, driving a route on public roads under the watchful eyes of the Scania Master Driver Trainers, as well as put to the test in the classroom and in front of a mock media interview. Registration for the 2016 Scania Driver Competition is now open. Find out more at

Aiming for glory It’s on again: Scania’s search for the best truck and bus drivers in Australia manoeuvring abilities, safe work and driving practices. There will be a further knowledgebased test under exam conditions, as well as a media interview. “The Scania Driver Competitions have become a global opportunity for truck drivers to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and professionalism,” says Roger McCarthy, Scania Australia’s Managing Director. “Scania believes the driver is the transport operator’s single most important asset in delivering Total Operating Economy. “Our transport industry faces multiple challenges and opportunities. Society continues to look for demonstrable improvements in road safety from the road transport industry. Reductions in fuel usage, however small, reduce emissions and deliver lower operating costs. Lower costs in turn increase transport operators’ profitability and provide the opportunity to grow their business. Drivers play a pivotal role in each of these areas,” Roger says. Scania customers and drivers are urged to enter the 2016 Scania Driver Competitions, to demonstrate what they know, or to find out what they could improve.

At the very least, knowledge will be tested, awareness of issues will be raised, and a focus on safety and total operating economy will be enhanced. All drivers with an MC licence (or HR licence for bus and coach drivers) – whether they own or drive a Scania or any other type of heavy commercial vehicle – are welcome to enter via “By registering for the competition and taking part in the on-line stage of the competitions, drivers have nothing to lose, and businesses have plenty to gain,” he says. “We know for a fact that good drivers use less fuel, look after their vehicles better, and avoid incidents on the road or in the depot. The 2016 Scania Driver Competitions aim to raise levels of awareness across all three areas, which have benefits for all drivers, their families, their employers, our entire transport industry and indeed, all other road users. “At the very least, promoting the 2016 Scania Driver Competitions to your drivers or driving colleagues will help reinforce the importance of safety at work, efficiency of operation and encourage a positive mind-set in the job,” he says.

Testing times, but all National Finalists enjoyed the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and the competition, both behind the wheel and behind the microphone.



Photos: Warren Aitken

Reflected glory They wear sunglasses in the yard at Forge Transport, day and night, because owner Alan Forge maintains his mighty chromed machines in show ‘n’ shine condition.



bring his Scania 112 into us for servicing, he got a phenomenal run out of it,” Alan recalls from his days as a mechanic. The memory stayed with Alan, so when weight wasn’t the chief consideration for new truck purchases it allowed him to thoroughly investigate Scania. Alan approached Scania Queensland to start the investigative work. While the sales team at Scania got to know Alan and the intricacies of the operation, Forge Transport took control of one of the Scania Euro 6 demonstrators. That also gave Matthew his first experience of Scania. “I drove the demo,” Matthew recalls, “I couldn’t believe the comfort, the vision and man, the power!” He later admitted if he were back driving full-time, he’d be straight into a Scania. Josh Townsend, Forge Transport’s Operations Manager, played a major role alongside Alan when it came to purchasing the new truck. When asked why they decided to jump the Indian Ocean and go European, Josh says emphatically: “Price did it!” He explains, further: “The price was important, however it was the service and backup, 5-year contract maintenance when most (manufacturers) only do 3 years. Some don’t offer any. That shows faith in your own product.”


trucks. But recently, a new Scania King of the Road R 730 V8 has made the yard its home, suitably barredand chromed-up, taking pride of place as the standout of the Forge Transport fleet. Alan Forge started Forge Transport more than 10 years ago. With one truck and a contract with Kleenheat Gas, Alan set about building a reputation for expert cartage of bulk and packaged dangerous goods. As his reputation grew so did his workload. In 2012 he brought his son Matthew on-board as a driver and compliance officer to help grow the business. The experience Matthew brought with him saw Forge Transport become one of Kleenheat’s major service providers, covering everything from local rigid deliveries to bulk distribution throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Lightweight trucks had always dominated Forge’s fleet, but when ELGAS, part of the Linde Group, purchased Kleenheat’s East Coast Division in 2015, it allowed Alan Forge to revisit an old memory. “There was an old fella that used to FOR AMERICAN



Chromework to the highest standard complements the Forge Transport way of doing business. Unusual to see a Scania with this much shine, but the truck wears it well. An eye-catching rig for the road.




COVER STORY DRIVER’S VIEW, WARREN AITKEN “I have the pleasure of piloting this big R 730. I’ve had the privilege throughout my life on the road of driving several different Scanias, and with this truck replacing the only other European model in the fleet I must admit I wasn’t expecting to be surprised by much. “‘I was wrong’ is a comment I normally reserve for appeasing my wife, but in the case of jumping into the new R 730 Scania,

you may not hear the big V8 working, but

I can say it again; ‘I was wrong’, it did

watching the revs drop down to 1000-1200

surprise me very much.

rpm, and feeling the torque just hold it

“Jumping out of an extremely

there is a feeling every driver can enjoy.

comfortable European competitor into

The Scania R 730 is King of the Road when

the Scania, I was expecting an on-par

it comes to that feeling.

performance on comfort. I was wrong. “The Scania rides the Queensland

“However it’s not the power that impresses me the most, it’s not even

highways without the jolting and jarring

the amazingly intelligent gearbox, which

the roads apparently seemed designed to

learns the way I like to drive and changes

deliver. Although the big R 730 is being

accordingly. The smoothness of the

broken in during the traditionally quieter

changes is beyond understanding.

season for LPG distribution, it is still on

“The standout feature I find is the

the road for 5-6 days a week covering in

functionality of the Scania set up, starting

excess of 3,000 km or more. So when a

with the extremely well designed mirrors

new truck eradicates several thousand km

allowing excellent vision. These are

of harsh bumps and jolts from the week’s

particularly helpful when reversing on the

work, it means I climb out at the end of the

blind. In the cab you can reach everything

week feeling fit and fresh. A big tick there!

you need, while barely moving your hands

“With 35,000 km on it, the powerful

from the steering wheel.

16 litre V8 is barely out of the box. Yet the

“Power, looks, torque, functionality,

performance is almost intimidating. With

safety and class, and did I mention power?

a fully loaded B-double weighing in at spot

The Forge Transport V8 Scania R 730 has

on 63.5-tonnes, the big R 730 makes light

it all.

work of any hill you can throw in front of it. With the cabin so quiet and insulated,

Another major influence on the decision was the safety features already incorporated in the new Scania. “ELGAS strongly believes safety is paramount. So to purchase a truck with all the safety features ELGAS require ABS, EBS, AEB, traction control, satellite tracking and lane departure warning already included, was just perfect,” Josh says. The look of the truck lands squarely in Matthew’s lap. Taking ideas from other trucks he has seen around, he handed a very weighty list to the Scania Queensland sales team to accomplish. The R 730 already came packed with a multitude of Scania features like premium leather seats, Scania mats and flooring. The added extras are impressive. King Bars’ FUP bullbar, LED spotlight and bar light, microwave, TV/DVD player, icepack airconditioner – and those are just to comfort the driver. The truck was sent to Rocklea Truck Electrical to get the full makeover – strapless tanks incorporating the ad-blue tank, full stainless guards and custom rear lights, as well as a stainless cover for the Icepack. Chrome wheel-nut and hub-covers were added all round to leave an eye-catching truck. As aesthetically pleasing as the R 730 is, looks were

“Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.”


COVER STORY not the dominating factor when it came to Forge purchasing its first Scania. With ELGAS being Australia’s largest supplier of bulk and packaged LPG, Forge Transport needed a truck with proven performance and versatility to be able to meet the demands associated with the distribution of dangerous goods. During the quieter months, the R 730 is hooked up to a drop deck B-double unit and can be found anywhere from Emerald in North Queensland down to Coffs Harbour

in New South Wales, delivering packaged LPG to ELGAS’ many distributors. During the busier winter months it will be making light work of road-train tankers throughout Queensland. The truck has clocked up 35,000 km in a short space of time, and has been returning 1.4km/l hauling 63.5-tonnes under Mass Management. Matthew Forge says the V8 has done what it promised, so far. “It’s been pretty good. We’re all happy with it,” he says.

Reflected glory



Photos: Charlie Suriano

Cleaning up after storms, floods and spills will keep Canberra’s Flexible Drain’s three new and innovative Scania-mounted Kaiser jet/vac recycling trucks very busy.

Capital clean-up



simply mix 500,000 eggs from a rolled B-double and leave to simmer on the 60-degree surface of the ACT’s Barton Highway. Two years ago, Flexible’s jet/vac recycler trucks earned their keep, working for 18-hours to suck up the scrambled mess, and hose down the road and surrounding areas. Understandably, speed was of the essence, as EVER OMELETTE,

the odour of the eggs became progressively pungent. While an exceptional occurrence, it is one that amply demonstrates the variety of emergency clean-up work demanded of the Canberra-based company. With close to 35 years of experience under its belt, Kurt Jaks’ Flexible Drain company has just taken delivery of its 12th, 13th and 14th trucks, 9 of which are now Scanias. These three new, $1 million apiece

trucks are fitted with the latest high tech, Lichtenstein-sourced Kaiser AquaStar jet/ vacuum and water recycling bodies, and ride on a unique and innovative Scania chassis with a 10x4/6 axle configuration. Scania and Kaiser’s Australian distributor, National Environmental Equipment, worked together to deliver the units to Flexible in late 2015. The configuration was driven by the desire for an increased vehicle payload in


TESTIMONIAL Cleaning up Canberra needs a big truck. At work on a drain outside the National Carillon, as Rhys Evans uses the remote control box of tricks to operate the powerful machinery. The Flexible Drain team of Jason Huckle, Tim Rolfe and Rhys along with some of the Scania fleet.

the waste out of the vehicle, so tipping over the back axle on singles, not dual wheels, would have been a less suitable solution, plus the rear overhang length would have been too long,” he says. “So, in consultation with the factories’ engineers we came up with the idea of a super-single centre axle that steered, a pusher arrangement,” he says. “The project is a good example of how Scania will work with a customer and a third

party body supplier to create the perfect tailored solution for a customer’s needs,” Shane says. As a result, the 11 m long, 3.9 m tall trucks have impressive manoeuvring abilities, and much-improved payloads. The three new Scanias are all based on the R 480 day cab, using the most powerful 6-cylinder SCR engine, and driving through a Scania Fully Automated Opticruise gear change. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 21


order to achieve greater productivity, which, in turn, would yield higher returns on the investment. “Instead of a more typical 10x4*6 which has a rear steerable tag axle on single tyres, we worked with Kaiser, the Scania factory, as well as DOTARS, to come up with an imaginative configuration,” says Shane Griffin, Scania’s National Manager, Specialist Vehicles. “We knew Flexible Drain wanted to tip

TESTIMONIAL OPERATORS’ VIEW “I like this job because you never see the same thing twice,” says Rhys Evans, who trained in Brisbane as a chef before shifting to slightly chillier Canberra and starting work with Flexible Drain. “There’s always a mental challenge of how to use the equipment to resolve the situation. There’s always traffic, or infrastructure around so it’s important to place the vehicle correctly. The machinery is very quiet in operation so often people in houses don’t even know we are at work sucking up floodwater from the street. “One of the more interesting jobs was cleaning the rock face of the Cotter Dam so the geologists could inspect it. “I really enjoy driving Scanias, especially because the seat is so adjustable and so comfortable. I have had a bad back, but even after a full day in the seat, I feel OK. It really is like driving a large car. Jason Huckle drives one of the company utes that supports the vacuum trucks. He says job satisfaction comes from a good clean-up that leaves the customers happy. “There’s a good bunch of guys to work


with at the company, too,” he says.

“Apart from providing a significant increase in payload, the 10x4/6 layout also provides us with a very efficient turning circle,” says Tim Rolfe, Flexible Drain’s General Manager, who has been with the company since 1999. “Manoeuvrability is very important, because we constantly drive in and through suburbs. In fact, the 11 m 10x4/6 is as easy to manoeuvre as the shorter 8x4 Scanias we have, with only a 1 m larger turning circle. “Compared with our existing Scania 8x4 trucks, payload rises from 7 to 10-tonnes, which makes the vehicles far more productive compared to our competitors, and our customers like that very much,” says Tim. “With these new trucks we no longer need to take a trip in the middle of the day to offload debris at the recycling stations. Instead, we work right through. It means we can get bigger jobs done considerably more quickly, saving our customers time and money; plus we get more jobs done during the course of a week, which means we are gaining improved asset utilisation. “Essentially, this is a ‘win-win’ situation as the increased payload/productivity keeps our customers happy and we gain a higher return on our assets,” Tim says. “We also went for the R 480 engine

Capital clean-up because we wanted the higher horsepower to run the latest, high efficiency suction and jetting systems, Kaiser specially developed for the ‘AquaStar’. “The Scania R 480’s ample horsepower allows us run the engine slower, cooler, with less wear & tear, but with greater fuel efficiency. At the same time, with Kaiser’s new operating system, we do the work faster and more proficiently. That’s another win-win,” says Tim. “Our experience with Scania has proven they are a good, reliable truck, and the Scania Australia team are good to work with when designing a specific vehicle for our needs. It helps that the trucks are comfortable to drive, offer great visibility and most importantly, they are very quiet – a huge plus with the public when working in sedate suburban streets. Municipal Authorities like that because they get no complaints.”

Another very important benefit is ‘Kaiser Tronic CANBUS system’, which seamlessly integrates with the Scania electronics; it means the user can adjust the engine speed and torque output to suit the needs of the body systems. It is done via the remote radio control panel, which the operator wears around his waist, as he manoeuvres the equipment around on the job. “We have done a lot of homework with Scania and Kaiser to tweak the system to be able to deliver the required power with the economy we need,” he says. “With the integrated CANBUS talking to the Scania system, and the efficiency of the R 480 6-cylnder engine, we’re using around 40-41-litres of fuel per hour when running the engine with all its gearbox power takeoffs under load. “In the past, we were using between 50 and 59-litres per hour without any CANBUS



engines run almost constantly to produce the required PTO horsepower to run the vacuum suction plus provide power for the water jet and recycling filtration. “We measure service intervals in time,” Tim says. “We service every 300 hours or every 10 weeks and while that might be slightly more than actually needed, it ensures the vehicles remain in top condition and removes the potential for in-service failure.” Conveniently for Flexible Drain, its premises also house the local authorised independent Scania dealer in the ACT, Glover Mechanical Repairs. Ben Glover is always on-hand to keep an eye on the vehicles and ensure the servicing is carried out in a timely manner. “Every contractor knows how important it is to have competent service back-up for the plant we depend on for making a living,” Tim says.


integration, so the savings provided by the R 480 and the integration are considerable,” Tim says. “Kaiser system is powered entirely by engine-driven PTOs, running around 1500 rpm.” Scania’s PTOs are one of the few that can reliably handle the continuous power load, year-in, year-out. “The 1500 rpm level is in the famous Scania green band for greatest fuel efficiency, underlining the efforts made to tailor the truck’s performance to the needs of the customer,” Shane Griffin says. “This is yet another example of how far Scania will go to provide a successful integration of vehicle and body technology with the outcome aimed at improving total operating costs,” he says. Flexible’s trucks are on-call 24/7, and although they cover modest km per year, the

The very latest jet/vac technology from Europe sits comfortably on the Scania chassis. Three steering axles provide excellent manoeuvrability. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 23


Tim Rolfe is also a director of the company that imports Kaiser bodies into Australia. He has plans to expand the Lichtensteinbased specialist vacuum/jetting trucks’ footprint Down Under.

THE COMPANY FLEXIBLE DRAIN Kurt Jaks formed flexible Drain in 1982. The company has evolved, offering to provide infrastructure maintenance services such as storm water and sewer cleaning for the ACT government, as well as flooded road clean-ups for the ACT and neighbouring councils and the Snowy Mountains Highway. It cleans up oil, diesel and chemical spills on roads and in industrial premises for the EPA and private operators. The company also undertakes a range of jobs for civil contractors and plumbers, plus visits each of the Territory’s 290 gross pollutant traps twice a year to empty and clean them. Each day, four trucks are out cleaning storm water drains, removing roots, dirt, organic matter and general debris from the pipes. Flexible Drain has a staff of 19, comprising 7 drivers and various


labouring and service staff.

Ben Glover also looks after warranty and maintenance work for the many Scania ACTION city buses. Building the Kaiser AquaStar for Australia necessitated mirroring all the components for left hand drive, except the tubular, compartmentalised water container, so that the drums holding the water pipes sit on the kerbside, and the roof-mounted suction hose emerges on the right-hand side of the truck at the rear, not the left. “These are the first complete AquaStar bodies made for the left-hand drive market,” Tim says. This new body is able to suck up and store 13,000-litres of debris and wastewater and carries 3,000-litres of fresh water in separate compartments. The ‘real time’ recycling system allows 800 litres per minute of wastewater to be filtered and reused in the cleaning process. This advanced system massively increases production and at the

Capital clean-up same time saves huge amounts of fresh water – a big environmental benefit. It also means less fresh water needs to be carried on the truck, allowing a greater payload. “Contractors often overlook this feature,” says Tim. “Payload means just that; we earn more per load because we carry more per load.” Flexible says about 99% of all waste collected is recycled. “We have a readout on the remote control that tells us the axle weights when we are loading waste, so we can be sure to remain within the legal weight limits,” Tim says. “Many of our call-outs are to clear storm water drains or gross pollutant traps. These traps are built into the storm water system to catch debris, organic matter as well as manmade plastics etc.,” Tim says. According to Rhys Evans, who has been with the company for 6 years, the most bizarre cause of a large, blocked up drain was

the presence of a motorcar engine block. “With such a diverse array of jobs, we need equipment that is durable, flexible and reliable. We’re looking for at least 10 to 12 years of service from this vehicle before we will sell it on. The Kaiser body is designed for a 20-year working life and offers many years of reliable service for other owners.” As an example, Tim points to a 1988 Kaiser working daily in Adelaide and still going strong. And with a 4K modem on the body, Flexible will benefit from three years of technical monitoring from Kaiser in Europe, which helps with faultfinding and diagnosis, ensuring impressive levels of uptime. “At Flexible Drain we are committed to running the best gear available so we can offer our clients a high quality service that is reliable and efficient. Scania helps us achieve this,” Tim says.


TESTIMONIAL THE TRUCK KAISER AQUASTAR The Kaiser AquaStar is a state-of-theart multi-functional water jetting and suctioning cleaner, made by the worldleader in this technology. The on-board PTO-driven water pump can deliver up to 400-litres per minute at a pressure of up to 3000 psi. To flush a sewer or storm drain, a high-pressure water hose with a suitable nozzle is fed into the pipe. The high-pressure water jet dislodges the accumulated dirt and flushes it to the gully hole. At the same time, the water jet pushes the hose further up into the pipe. Solid and liquid waste material flushed into the gully hole is extracted by the vacuum suction hose into the sludge tank, where water and solids are separated. Filtered water is reused for flushing via the high-pressure water pump. The vacuum pump has a maximum air throughput of 3100 m3/h at 85% vacuum and can lift matter from 40 m below ground. The water jetting hose is fitted with a “jet nozzle” which contains ceramic inserts as well as specially sealed bearings to allow it to cope with contaminated wastewater. These newly developed cleaning nozzles have created a remarkable increase in cleaning efficiency. Kaiser celebrated its centenary recently Its advanced products offer performance and flexibility to operators intent on increasing their earnings by outperforming their competitors.

The water jetting functionality on the trucks also allows for hydro-excavation work, as well as trenching. This trenching method uses high-pressure water in a focused cutting stream to break up soil, which is then removed by


the vacuum function of the vehicle. Importantly, it is sensitive to buried

It might have 490,000 km on the clock and

“We’ve never had any problems with

cables and other underground services

thousands of hours of operation under its

it,” he says. “When we took the heads off

and leaves the site clean and clear

broad bonnet, but the Scania T 124 in the

to give it a service it was very clean inside

of spoil. This is a popular task for the

shed at Flexible Drain is not past its prime

the cylinders. Thanks to the Retarder, we


just yet. The hardworking Scania is a

have never changed the brake linings.”

testament to the care and attention paid to

The truck is routinely pressed into

the servicing and maintenance regime at

service towing a float with 15-tonnes of

the company. Tim Rolfe says it is in tip-top

plant and equipment aboard, or pulling a

condition and it starts on the button.

trailer of waste to landfill.

Typical performance allows a 1.5 m deep trench, 15 m long to be excavated in just a few hours. Using a special tungsten carbide cutting head on the end of the water jet, the pressurised water can spin the head fast enough to cut cleanly through concrete water pipes and the like. All the while, the remote radio control unit worn by the operator provides information on engine performance, engine oil and water temperatures, fuel consumption, vehicle weight, jetting hose metre counter, and water pressure at the jetting nozzle.



Photos: B&J Catalano

Fuel consumption gains and the efficient Scania Retarder were two key factors driving the recent purchase of a pair of Scania R 620 V8 rigid tippers by B&J Catalano in Bunbury, WA.

Shifting sands



rigid tippers are tasked with hauling silica sand from the quarry, north of Bunbury, into the town’s port, passing through some residential areas, so the silent operation of the Scania Retarder provides a huge advantage over other auxiliary braking systems. “We needed to get through the suburbs as quietly as possible, so the Retarder really does help us out,” says Mark Kingston, B&J POWERED 8X4

Catalano’s Fleet Manager. “Fuel use in the first 70,000 km has been impressive too. We have achieved our target of 1.4 km per litre, an improvement over the 1.0 or 1.1km/l we used to achieve from our older (American) trucks,” he says. In addition to the fuel saving and quiet operating Retarder, driver reports from behind the wheel speak of improved ergonomics and comfort, leading to a reduction of fatigue. “The reduction of fatigue is a benefit, but a bonus is the attendant improvement

in driver alertness leading to improved safety on the job, plus reduced wear and tear on the equipment,” Mark says. B&J Catalano runs 80 trucks in its transport and bulk haulage business, and had never tried a Scania previously. However a sub-contractor with a Scania talked up the performance of his vehicle and, chasing fleet fuel savings, Mark says the company decided to invest in a couple of trucks.



B&J Catalano driver Todd Renfree.

ALL ABOUT B&J CATALANO Established in 1962 by brothers Bill and Joe Catalano, the company has experienced substantial and continual growth over 5 decades. The business began by servicing the transport needs of the local rural community in the South-West region of Western Australia. Today, B&J Catalano runs a diverse fleet of bulk transport and earthmoving equipment to provide solutions for major clients in world-renowned mining operations. The company operates throughout Western Australia, with strategic locations in the South-West, Mid-West and Metropolitan regions. The company provides total solutions in tailored mining services, including bulk haulage, earthworks, mineral processing and civil construction works. Sand, limestone and gravel quarries are located in several regional areas of WA to enable the company to efficiently meet clients’ needs.



Big loads are no problem for Scania’s V8 engines. Providing plenty of power and performance with low fuel consumption is a company trademark. Flexibility of axle configuration combined with the Scania modular concept allows customers to specify exactly the trucks they need for the job, however demanding it is.

“We wanted to see for ourselves what the Scania could do. We had seen how the sub-contractor’s vehicle provided superior performance on hills thanks to the retarder. “As soon as we put one of our drivers into the Scania he loved it. He says there are so many systems in the truck that it practically drives itself. “We have the Adaptive Cruise Control fitted, which maintains safe following distances on the multi-lane road we travel on, and also Lane Departure Warning. “The drivers understood that we had a fuel efficiency target with the Scanias, and one recently sent me a screen shot from the dash showing 1.4 km/l. This was an encouraging result. With further driver training, the target will be achieved consistently. “We have had a visit from the Scania Driver Trainers,” Mark says. “Even though many of our drivers are very experienced, with decades on the road, they found the driver efficiency training very useful, and in particular the fuel saving tips. These translate across to the other trucks we have on the fleet too.

“Now we have signed up for the Scania Driver Services Monitoring package which gives us a weekly review of how the trucks have been performing, and allows us to check the truck is running in economy mode, for example,” Mark says. The trucks run loaded from the quarry to the port, a distance of only around 50 km on mostly flat terrain, though up to 7 roundtrips are made per shift. Most times the trucks return empty, though they can shift loads from the port to the company’s storage area if freight is available. One of the new Scanias has been fitted with lightweight Graham Lusty trailers, allowing a higher payload. The company is currently investigating the new Level 3 Concessional Mass Management limits in WA, aiming for a payload of up to 90-tonnes. The second vehicle uses existing trailers and with a switch to lighter trailers could add up to 4-tonnes of potential payload, all of which helps bottom line profitability from full asset utilisation. One of the vehicles has the trailers closely coupled, while the second uses longer A-frame drawbars to run at close to 36.5m.



Shifting sands

“We have completed around 70,000 km so far in one of the trucks and they will probably top out at around 120,000 km a year, which isn’t huge mileage,” Mark says. “We aim to keep the trucks for about 10 years. We like to get the most effective economic utilisation out of the vehicle over its lifetime. We are committed to keeping our equipment in good condition and we have an in-house workshop team that look after all of our vehicles. “The Scania team in Bunbury has looked after us very well. Roy Wallace has been very pro-active, keeping us up-to-date and explaining the Scania maintenance intervals,” Mark says. “The two new Scanias are R620 8X4 rigid tippers pulling two road train trailers with a GVM of 130-tonnes,” says Roy Wallace, New Truck Account Manager at Scania WA. “We are delighted B&J Catalano has taken the decision to give the Scanias a go in their fleet of European and American trucks and we are pleased that the R 620s are living up to their reputation of delivering impressive fuel consumption and high levels of driver comfort.”

Scania has a global reputation for efficiency and reliability and its experience building trucks for mining and resources companies means that whatever the size of the job there will be a Scania to suit. An 8x4 rigid, pulling two 6-axle trailers, might amaze European road users, the Scania design teams locally and globally understand what operators like B&J Catalano need to get the job done.



Photos: Charlie Suriano



Efficiency drive Scania power for Miller’s Transport Super-Bs is delivering improved operating economy.



3 new Scania R 560 V8 prime movers pulling 4 containers under Super-B high productivity vehicle permits from Melbourne’s port to Dandenong South, Miller’s Transport is reaping the rewards. The V8s have clocked up 45,000 km each and have posted impressive fuel savings, extending to 2 km on average the distance travelled on a litre of diesel. This is vastly superior to the 1.5km/litre the company’s former American trucks achieved. “We are saving $1400 per month per


truck,” says Clint Gilchrist, Operations Manager at Miller’s, and a 4th generation member of the Miller family. “That’s almost $20,000 per year per truck.” The timing is good too, because a local rival recently succumbed to the harsh economic times, and Miller’s is poised to pick up a lot of that business’s contracts. This may well result in the acquisition of more Scania prime movers to cope with expanded Super-B work from the port to Dandenong South. “We purchased 10 new Scanias in 2015,” Clint explains, “bringing the total number of trucks in the fleet to 25, along with 80 trailers.

“We had been looking for a new supplier and approached a number of European brands. “Scania’s Ben Nye came to see us, and promised us specific demonstrator models in line with our requirements. They delivered them at the exact time they promised. In fact, the G 440 demonstrator arrived absolutely brand new so we were able to see what it would be like from Day 1. “We tested them, and found they suited our needs, plus our drivers liked them once they had driven them. “Before the trucks arrived the drivers were a little hesitant, but after the first N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 31


Efficiency drive


Clint Gilchrist, Operations Manager and James Vine, Business Manager, opposite, run the fleet with more than a weather eye on efficiency: it’s their mantra.

FROM 1 HORSE TO 560 HP In 1923, Syd Miller set up his business equipped with a single horse drawn trailer, based in Mordialloc, South-East of Melbourne. The business distributed firewood, ice, briquettes and furniture, and it expanded rapidly, adding warehousing to its services. In the 1970’s the 2nd generation of Millers added a wharf cartage division, which with the growth of containerised freight, rapidly grew to become its core business. Today, the business is overseen by 3rd and 4th generations of the Miller family and is strategically situated in the heart of Melbourne’s growth corridor; Dandenong South.

drive they were sold, which was good for us because once we had made a business decision we knew that we would have a positive response from the guys who sit in them all day. “We ordered the trucks with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning so the trucks have all the latest safety systems fitted,” he says. “So we were happy to work with Scania to reach an agreement for the purchase of 3 x R 560 V8, 3 x G 480s and 4 x G 440. “The V8s are running Super-B work, the G 480s are running B-double routes and the G 440s are doing local distribution. They will be working hard because they carry decent weights, up to 27-tonnes in the containers, and they deliver locally so there’s a lot of stop-start driving,” Clint says. “We run a constant 24/6 shuttle of Super-Bs from the port to the depot here. The Super-B has been a very successful concept because we can do with one prime mover and one driver what previously needed 2 trucks and 2 drivers, and on the Monash you get a pretty good run much of the day. ‘We unload the containers in the yard off the skels and we have a programme to turn around the individual containers and ship them out of the yard on our side-loader trailers as soon as possible, or as and when the client needs them. “One of our business values is that we deliver when the client wants delivery, not when it is just convenient for the transporter. They don’t want cheap and nasty, they want reliable service, which is why we have had some customers for more than 20 years. This has been a key part of our success.

“There is much more to this job than picking up a container,” says James Vine, Business Manager. “You need the right gear, the right systems and the right suppliers.” Miller’s Transport was established in 1923 and has remained focussed on servicing its immediate environment for much of that time. The current sphere of operations runs from Braeside (South East Melbourne) to Morwell in Victoria’s east. On its 5 acre site in Dandenong South, the company unloads, stores and dispatches containers as well as providing longerterm warehousing. It also unpacks some containers and has a quarantine area. The 3 acres of hard standing at the site can be stacked 5 containers high, but the new $600,000 75-tonne reach stacker can comfortably load to 4 containers high, and that also allows quicker location and removal of lower containers for distribution. A further 10-acre site nearby and 3 acres in the city and a new location in Altona to service its existing customers who have cross city depots, underscores their tight focus. “We run the yard 24/6 pretty much,” James says. “The reach-stacker performs 350-400 container lifts per day, and we use an in-house programme to figure out where to place containers so that they are accessible if they need to be turned around quickly. We’re tracking the trucks using a Navman system and the VicRoads Black Box system, and we have another system that logs the trucks into and out of the yard. The orders for delivery are passed to the reach-stacker electronically,” James says. “The Super-Bs are on the move day and night,” Clint says. “They might get half an



hour between the day and night shifts, but essentially they are on the move all the time.” “We use the Scania Fleet Management system to watch fuel consumption and the driver scoring system. It is amazing how the drivers are focused on getting a good score, and obviously that impacts positively on fuel consumption, too.” James says. “Scania in Dandenong is just around the corner from us so they are very convenient, and Matt Staddon has looked after us very well. We have the new trucks on a 3 year Maintenance and Repair contract, and they are also looking after the servicing of our Super-B trailers,” Clint says. “With the collapse of a similar business nearby recently, the way is open for us to secure some of their contracts and expand our fleet and we’ll be looking at about 6 more new Scania trucks to help us make the most of this opportunity,” Clint says. “Scania has been very pleased to provide Clint and his team with these 10 new trucks, which we have configured to suit their needs,” says Ben Nye, New Truck Account Manager at Scania Victoria. “Miller’s used to run a couple of older 143H prime movers which were solid performers. But now with this new, modern fleet we will see excellent fuel consumption and low running costs. “The Scania Driver Support system and data generated by the Scania Communicator will provide Miller’s with a good understanding about how well the trucks and drivers are performing, continuing to drive down total operating costs and fatigue. This will be a win-win for the drivers and the company,” Ben says.

DRIVER’S VIEW Clinton Brook, above, behind the wheel,

Scania. It is comfortable to be in all day,

has been driving for Miller’s Transport for

the fridge is pretty cold, and the motor’s

3.5 years and enjoys his job. He moves

quiet. Visibility is good, handy when you

around 10 containers per shift, mainly

are in a tight yard. The truck feels stable

delivering food and dry goods for a well-

on the road,” he says.

known supermarket chain with which

“Although I have been driving for

Miller’s has a long-standing contract.

many years, the Scania Peak Efficiency

A typical day involves dropping the

Programme was useful. When Alan

container-mounted skels at finger docks

McDonald (Scania’s Master Driver Trainer)

for the supermarket team to unpack, and

came down to run us through the truck,

hooking up another empty container to

explaining the systems, that was very

return to the yard.

useful. We learned a lot about the truck

“We’re moving 10,000 containers per year,” Clinton says. “I am enjoying the

and what it can do. That helps to make our jobs easier,” he says. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 33


Photos: Charlie Suriano

All in the

family DRIVER’S VIEW BRADLEY KEAST Paul Keast’s son Brad has been driving for his dad for 14 years. For the past decade he has been pushing the case for Scania, and is rapt that he is finally behind the wheel of a Scania R 620 V8 prime mover. Like Paul’s truck, Brad’s has the black V8’s grille painted silver, but there’s a unique graphic of the Incredible Hulk hugging the Scania V8 logo on the upper section of the side aero deflectors. On Paul’s truck, the graphic is of a Svempalike bird of prey. “I started off as a diesel mechanic before joining Dad on the road,” Brad says. “The minute Dad said he’d consider a Scania I was on the phone to Butch at K&J and he had a demonstrator brought up from Melbourne and we drove it back down. “The ride comfort, V8 power and the fuel economy were all impressive. This truck is still pretty new, with 18,500 km on it, but it is easier to drive than the previous trucks we’ve had. This truck does the job easily, it’s very quiet and I’m hopping out very fresh at the end of the day. “I’m getting about 2.45 km per litre on average and as much as 2.7 km/l at best which is much better than the 1.97 to 2.05 we used to get from the previous (American) truck. Even with AdBlue, we’re well in front,” Brad says. “The guys who say they wouldn’t drive a European truck have obviously American truck now,” he says.



business. Father Paul and son Bradley drive the trucks. Mum, Helen, and younger daughter Jodi, look after the books and the paperwork, and older daughter Tina, and Paul’s sister, Marie, come in on the weekend to help everyone wash the trucks. The Kempsey-based business has been running for around 38 years, with Paul having been behind the wheel of a truck for 46 of his 63 years. Paul’s showing no signs of slowing down, either, now that Bradley has finally, talked him into switching out of American vehicles into a cab-over Scania. And what a difference it has made. “The two new Scania R 620 prime movers are awesome,” Paul says. He’s not exaggerating either. Both of the new trucks have that moniker inscribed across their front panels. “The most awesome thing about these trucks is that fully loaded, I am getting 2.67 km to the litre out of them both compared with 1.9 or so from the old American trucks. I figured out that over the first 40,000 km in the Scania V8 I saved 3600-litres of fuel. They have now done about 100,000 km in just 5 months, so the savings are significant, especially when you multiply that by the life of the truck. “I have told a fair few of my mates about FAMILY

the fuel savings I am making, and I reckon I have sold a couple of trucks,” Paul says with a chuckle. “Scania’s 3 years included servicing deal was also excellent given that the first 600,000 km is covered. You can’t go past that. No one else is offering that deal,” he says. “Bradley had been trying to interest me in Scanias for about 10 years, and I finally went to see Butch Quin at K&J Trucks in Coffs Harbour. Butch promised me the trucks would deliver excellent fuel and they have come through exactly as he said. He pointed me down the right path, he’s a top salesman,” Paul says. “The boys in the workshop there are good, too. In the past Bradley would do the minor services, but now the Scanias will go to K&J. “I traded my two American trucks in quite young, but I’ll make up the loss on them through better performance and better fuel over the life of the trucks and also there’s increased payload because I can get 6.5-tonnes over the steer where before I was limited to 5.5-tonnes. It means we’re more productive,” he says. “The Scanias are powerful, more comfortable and very manoeuvrable, which makes them even more attractive. The ride is beautiful, too. “Vision and manoeuvring is critical for our jobs. And they have a good turning circle. Previously I might have had to deliver



never driven one. I wouldn’t go back to an

Paul Keast has been amazed at the fuel savings his new Scania R 620 V8s have been delivering for his Kempsey-based timber and brick transport business.





Father and son share almost identical trucks: Paul has a stylised version of the Scania Griffin atop his door, while son Brad goes for the Incredible Hulk. Neat chrome highlights and an eye-catching paint scheme make these trucks stand out on the highway.

a load of bricks to a residential building site in a backstreet, and then reverse a long way back because there was no space to turn a long nose truck. But with the Scania, turning around is a lot easier. It saves on frustration and stress and makes my life easier,” Paul says. “In fact, I feel a lot fitter having switched to the Scania. I can manage a Sydney to Melbourne run in the regulation hours and jump out feeling fine; far less tired than I had been before,” he says. Paul’s enthusiasm for his driving is infectious, which is impressive given he’s still covering 200,000 km a year driving. A typical weekly trip involves loading up with hardwood from Thora Sawmilling and trucking the load down to Melbourne After off-loading the wood he’s piling on plasterboard out of Boral in Port Melbourne and off to Sydney, switching out that load for Austral Bricks for delivery back into Coffs. The trucks are pulling either a tautliner at 24.5-tonnes or a flattop at 26-tonnes and they average between 16,000 and 20,000 km per month. Every second week Bradley, who has been driving for his father for 14 years, does the same run as Paul, and in the intervening week he’s running between Coffs Harbour, Sydney and Brisbane pulling bricks and timber. The company’s third driver, Neville Davis, who has been with the business for almost 4 years, drives the one remaining cabover on similar routes.



All in the

family “We’re never running empty,” Paul says proud of the efficiency his business enjoys. “I really enjoy what I do, and I am very careful,” Paul says. “Not one speeding ticket, not one logbook infringement in all these years; nothing. “My team in the office do a top job coping with the paperwork and the regulations. That’s probably the biggest change I have seen in all this time driving, the increase in regulations and paperwork,” Paul says. “Paul really does look after his trucks and drives very well,” says Butch Quin from K&J Trucks in Coffs Harbour. “When he traded the two American trucks in they were as good as new. Very, very clean trucks, given they had a couple of hundred thousand km on them. He is very fussy about how his trucks are presented and the Scanias look great in his colours. “We loaned them a demonstration R 620 V8 for a week and they ran really strong fuel numbers. Paul adapted to the way a Scania drives best really quickly. He was in the truck for a week and he was already getting 85% on the driver efficiency score, which is amazing for someone new to Scanias. “I knew Bradley was keen on a Scania because he’s had a Scania V8 as his phone’s screen saver for a while. And now he’s got one under him so I am sure he’s very happy. What’s very pleasing is that Paul is just as happy. “If only he had listened to me years ago…” Butch says with a grin.



Photos: Paul Kane

The Good Fuel Pulling fuel and achieving excellent consumption with Scania trucks means high efficiency for a distributor with a big back yard



Michelle Harris, pictured with Grant, below, works in the business in a variety of roles. “I assist Grant in the business in a number of ways, every day brings something different.”

Mick Creedon, below, has been driving for South East Petroleum for 20 years. He says it is a great family-owned company to work for, and they buy good gear for him to drive. He covers around 2500 km a week. Trevor Bale, bottom, says 1.3-1.4 km per litre with 100,000 litres of fuel on and into a headwind is a good result.

is not heavily populated per square kilometre, yet significant volumes of traffic flow across the Nullarbor Plain daily. Located 200 km due south of the main east-west arterial is Esperance-based BP distributor South East Petroleum. Owned and run by Grant and Michelle Harris, the business keeps the traffic moving by replenishing the highway roadhouses and truck stops as well as the region’s small town filling stations, using a fleet of modern, safe and stable Scania prime movers. The distances between stops can be vast, so fuel deliveries must be reliable because there are no alternatives when crossing the desert between South Australia and the continent’s western coastline. One of the company’s drivers, Glenn ‘Bindi’ Sievwright undertakes South East WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Petroleum’s longest delivery run weekly. It’s a 2-day 1,500 km round trip to Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, carting 98,000-litres of fuel in a C-train formation. It’s a run Bindi knows well, having undertaken it for 30 years. Week in, week out. Not surprisingly he’s something of a celebrity in the region. When he’s not heading to or from Cocklebiddy, he is busy on day-long runs in more ‘local’ areas. Grant Harris says the fuel distribution business is quite seasonal as agriculture is a big part of life in this part of the state. Fuel is in demand in the seeding season and later for the harvest, with farmers running all manner of farm machinery, and of course fuelling the trucks transporting grain to storage facilities. “Much of our business has been focused on delivering to local customers but we have also created a market among the mining companies,” Grant says. “The business has grown organically over N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 39






The Good Fuel

the years and we see this continuing. “The mining industry is going through some rationalisation, but there are some new projects on the horizon. The rural sector will grow both with cattle and sheep and grains farming. “Over the past 20 years we have seen a huge expansion of grain farming which has increased the demand for fuel to run the machines quite considerably,” Grant says. This is a very productive grain growing area and the returns can be impressive, if the weather plays along. South East Petroleum owns 6 prime movers, all of which are Scanias. The modern fleet includes Scania R 620 V8s, tasked with pulling 3 tanker trailers with a combined 99,000-litres of fuel, 90% of it typically being diesel. “We have 6 trucks and 6 drivers and each sticks to his truck in everyday operations. We find this means they look after the truck and the cargo better. We tend not to double shift, because many of our customers don’t

like or cannot take deliveries at night,” Grant says. “We have cultivated a loyal and stable customer base and they appreciate the service we deliver and we offer a competitive price. “Having one brand of truck in the yard makes life easy if we need to switch prime movers between trailers. All the axle spacing’s are the same so there are no loading/weight issues,” says Trevor Bale, who is involved with operations and maintenance and is also a driver. “For dangerous goods transport it’s another layer of safety as well, as all the drivers know where all the controls are.” The fleet comprises an older P-series 360 hp prime mover and a newer 440 hp P-series that is used to deliver smaller loads to farms in the Esperance region. There are 3 x R 620 V8 prime movers, a vehicle Trevor believes is ideally suited to fuel delivery work. “In the last 5 years we have spent a lot of money to modernise our fleet, both prime movers and trailers. We look to change the prime movers over every 5 years, and we are



Trevor Bale behind the wheel , having just made a farm delivery, enjoys the Scania experience.

now seen to be a leader in dangerous goods and fuel transport. “We’ll cover around 500,000km on average over the period in each truck, but some of the smaller ones only travel 60,000km a year, but it is hard work down the gravel farm roads. “For C-trains pulling 80-tonnes at 120-tonnes gross, the R 620 makes for a stress-free drive,” he says. “We’re seeing 1.31.4 km per litre with 100,000-litres on board, depending on the day and the headwinds,” he says. “The fuel use of the truck is very good. We keep track of our fuel use and we are happy with what we achieve. The driving involves lots of time stationary – running the PTO to drive the hydraulics on farms off loading.” Trevor has a long history with dangerous goods transport having worked for a fuel company for 12 years. He started off driving for Esperance Freight Line’s Michael

Harding’s father. Their fuel company purchased Scanias among a mix of vehicles, but Trevor was always impressed by the comfort and quietness of the Scania cab that reduced fatigue over a long shift. “The layout is good for a driver and you can stand up in the cab,” he says. “The bunk is OK and the Opticruise and Retarder are winners. The Retarder particularly gives the Scania driver an advantage because you just ease the wand on, and never have to touch the service brakes. Safety is very important to Dangerous Goods drivers. “We like the weigh scales on the axles, because it is vital we know how much load we have on, especially as we off-load several times during a shift. “We have to manage the load to ensure the compartments remain balanced so the vehicle remains stable on the road, and this also prevents damage to the surface. We run a lifting axle on the trailers as well, to cut fuel consumption as well as reduce wear and our impact on the road surface. Many times there can be 100 km between off-loading points so stability is important,” Trevor says. “Everyday when we plan the drops we look at the orders to determine which drops we make first to ensure the load remains stable as it diminishes. “Fully loaded with two barrels we’re carrying around 74,000-litres and with 3 barrels we’re up around 99,000-litres. “The Scania is very stable on the road even when half-loaded,” Trevor says. “We run the new Scanias on the Maintenance and Repair programmes and we service at 15,000 km intervals. “The benefit to the business of having a set amount allocated for maintenance and repairs means we can forecast accurately

how much we will be spending. We keep a close eye on the kms travelled and ensure the trucks are serviced on schedule. We check the trucks ourselves every fortnight and the trailers are checked every 7000 km,” Trevor says. “We have built a good relationship with the Kewdale branch and we will stick with them,” Grant says. “For our operating conditions, a European truck suits our type of work. “Our local workshop, Kip & Steve’s Mechanical Repairs in town, look after routine maintenance for us,” Grant says. According to Scania WA’s Michael Berti, the South East Petroleum experience is a good example of how Scania can deliver for the fuel distribution industry. “Scania goes to a lot of trouble to design and manufacture fuel delivery prime movers that come from the factory with many features built-in to make Dangerous Goods transport safer and more efficient. “This means there’s less time spent converting the trucks when they arrive in Australia, and the DG-specific features are manufactured to a consistently high standard. “Scania understands fuel distributor needs and we are very pleased to see South East Petroleum continuing to build its relationship with our company,” he says. “The distances they cover and the very impressive fuel results they achieve underline just how well-suited Scania trucks are for this type of work. “When you are travelling these distances in relatively unpopulated areas, reliability and durability are paramount,” he says. “And driver comfort too plays an important role for DG transport. Scania has proven to be the perfect choice for this work.” N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 41


5-Star stable


When the freight is high value and bred for top class performance, there’s only one choice for the transport source.


jumping horse trainer Greg McCann needed to upgrade his transport for his precious performers, he turned to Scania to provide the basis of his new vehicle. The bronze metallic Scania P 440 6x2 rigid has had a body built onto it in New Zealand and complianced for Australian use by Wade Group. “We take our show jumpers and show horses to Adelaide and all over country Victoria from our base in Ceres, near Geelong,” Greg says. “Where we are based we can get on to the ring-road quickly and there are no traffic lights for us to stop at until we reach Sydney. That’s good for horse comfort as well. “We don’t cover huge miles, but it is important for our horses to be carried safely and comfortably. “When we were looking to replace a

20-year-old Japanese truck, we reviewed a lot of potential replacement trucks, but the Scania stood out for us. We test drove a 360 hp vehicle but decided the 440 would give us plenty of horse power for getting up the hills.” The horses originate in Holland and weigh in at between 500 and 600 kg each, so hardly make any impression on the payload capacity of the vehicle. “These are very valuable horses so I want to be sure they are travelling in a secure environment,” Greg says. “Although my show-jumping days are over I will still be driving the truck so on road comfort is important. “The new Scania is a big step up for us with its automated transmission and airbag suspension, the horses will get a good ride and also important is the fact that we can bleed the air out of the rear suspension system so the access ramp angle is lower, putting less strain on the horses as they enter and leave the box.”


Photos: Charlie Suriano

The accommodation for the horses has been finished using stainless steel, rather than galvanised steel and there’s a split air conditioner for keeping everyone cool, and calm on the road. Greg’s new truck can accommodate upto 5 horses, though his complement is usually only 3 or 4 animals. “It’s amazing how many friends you suddenly find when they hear you are off to Adelaide or Shepparton to one of the 3-day events,” he says with a grin. The design also incorporates a smart and spacious living area for Greg and his wife, with the possibility of sleeping two further grooms, riders or helpers in single fold out beds. The van also has WiFi and a small kitchenette. To enable servicing, the Luton peak over the cab tilts up and allows the cab to swing forward providing easy access. “We’re really looking forward to getting out on the road in this vehicle,” Greg says.


For thoroughbreds on the move only the best will do. Fine fit-out for fillies and stallions, plus their human crew include onboard kitchen, pop-out living and sleeping quarters and a room with a view for the VIP passengers. Greg McCann, main shot, with one of his star performers.



Photos: Matt Hayes

SCANIA FIRE APPLIANCE Scania P360HHZ 6x6 Cab Chassis Waterous CXV Pump coupled to Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine Up to 3800 litres per minute @ 10 Bar Modular Body design with Stowage, Tank and Pump modules 8000 litres of water 1000 litres of B Class Foam and FRC AutoFoam System 200 litres of A Class Foam and FRC TurboFoam System Akron Trident Roof Monitor and Firefox Bumper Monitor In cabin pump and monitor controls Twin live hose reels with 60m x 25mm Monoflex S hose Centurion roller shutters plus Arion ladder and Quik Stow gantry Hazard/Code 3 LED emergency warning lighting and siren system FRC LED perimeter and locker lighting USSC Valour integrated SCBA seats

Ready for anything A Scania-based locally-designed and built fire appliance is now on duty at a busy private airfield in the Pilbara.



Equipment has just completed its first Scania based airport fire-fighting appliance for many years, destined for use at a busy private airfield in the Pilbara in Western Australia. The airfield handles fly-in fly-out crews arriving and departing on Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s on a regular schedule. Frontline successfully tendered for the contract, with a competitive bid for the build, & RESCUE

as well as being able to provide back-up for the body systems over the working life of the vehicle. The Scania P 360 employs a day cab and rides on a 6x6 configured chassis to give it genuine all terrain access. Frontline has been in business for 8 years building emergency response vehicles for the mining and gas and oil industries in WA. In the past 5 years it has also been an approved supplier to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services for the manufacture and



imported one-size-fits-all solution. “We employ 4 full-time draughtsmen as well as 20-25 fitters and fabricators and painters, plus 12 sales and backroom staff. We even do our own metal cutting using industrial water jets, so we are almost entirely self-sufficient. The only functions we send out are powder-coating and galvanizing,” David says. “This is the first Scania we have built in some time. The client determined the chassis we would use, particularly because


supply of fire fighting appliances for urban and rural use. “We provide a full service and maintenance solution for local government fire fleets and ancillary equipment,” says David Phoenix, Manager, Equipment and Specialised Vehicles at Frontline. “As a local supplier familiar with the market we were able to deliver exactly what the customer wanted from a 6x6 airfield fire fighting appliance, rather than the customer being forced to compromise with an



Ready for anything




their locations already feature a number of Scania vehicles, and so their on-site services technicians understand how Scanias work. “During the build we found the Scania very easy to work with. In particular the integration of electronic controls has been easy with the Scania on board systems,” David says. The fire control systems can be run from the cab or the control panel on the rear of the vehicle, so there has been a lot of testing involved to ensure the electronics have been correctly set-up. The vehicle is able to spray Class A and Class B foam, and has been designed to be operated by one man, if necessary. The water capacity and pump pressure and flow rates, as well as dry powder delivery, are all set up to meet or exceed international regulations, as

mandated by the customer. “The design is a one-off custom build, though there is potential to build further examples of this set-up, either for the same client or for others later on. The vehicle will be used for on airfield emergency response, but can also be called upon for other emergencies such as bush fires or mine rescue,” David says. “The vehicle has been built with a 15-20 year working life in mind, with the potential for a mid-life refurbishment. “We were very impressed with the bodybuilder guide that came with the Scania from the factory and the engineering drawings are of a very high standard. Details like this make our job a lot easier because we were able to complete a lot of work on the body even before the vehicle arrived, which

saves us time and effort and the customer money,” David says. “Working with Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment was easy,” says Robert Taylor, Scania’s General Manager of Mining and Resources, based in Kewdale, Perth. “We had good communications between Frontline and the customer, and the end result is a very good looking, effective and efficient vehicle that will provide several decades of reliable service on a very busy airfield in the far north of the state,” Robert says. “Given the customer’s familiarity with Scania products it was a logical decision to opt for a Scania chassis for the new fire fighting appliance, and we look forward to providing more vehicles of this type to them going forward,” he says. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 47


Photos: Judi Haidley

After 50 years of service to the industry, the Haidley family was recognised with a Long Service Award by QBIC recently. The award was presented by Rolf Mitchell (QBIC President) and the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP (Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games), to Cameron Haidley. Far right, Don Haidley, pictured with the Scania when it was new, and below, the driver’s station.



Foundation stone



for family-owned Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches of Warwick, in south-east

Queensland. Established in May 1966 by Don & Heather Haidley, the business commenced operating with a VW Kombi bus on the local

school run, collecting kids from Connelly Dam - a run they still operate to this day. With Don running the Warwick RACQ service garage, they started local charter and tours with the Kombi later that same year. These days Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches provides the local Q-Connect Urban Service for Queensland Transport, which consists of three school services. There is also a Special Education service N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 49


One of the very first Scania buses built in Australia is still going strong, sidelined only by red tape




The Haidley’s Scania K82CSR is powered by an in-line DSi8, 8-litre 6-cylinder engine, wit water cooled intercooler, producing around 230 hp, and driven through a five-speed manual transmission. It was one of the first Scania bus chassis assembled in Australia, by Vic Coach, with the body fitted by Superior Body Works. The 8-litre was soon replaced by the 9.0-litre, so only around 15 of this type were built. The CSR codes implied a chassis with spaceframe and right-hand drive steering.

run and four other school runs. In addition, Haidley’s creates its own tours, the most recent being a group to the Royal Military Tattoo & Great Ocean Road and later this year, a tour to The Top End and Red Centre. Don still owns the business but now, in semi-retirement, has handed over the managerial role to son, Cameron, who has worked for his father for the past 41 years. A third-generation Haidley is also involved in the business, Cameron’s youngest son Hayden, who recently qualified as a diesel mechanic, is there to work alongside his father in the workshop and undertake driving duties. Cameron’s wife Lyndal attends to the office, allowing him and Hayden to operate and maintain the fleet that now totals 14 vehicles. The industry has seen many changes since that first Kombi bus, as Cameron explains. “The quality of the vehicles, their cost, passenger comfort and complexity has changed a lot. Passengers expect a lot

more too, like on-board toilets, comfortable reclining seats, DVD players, Wi Fi and airconditioning”. Scania has played a part in Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches history, when in December 1985 Don purchased a new Scania bus, which according to Cameron is as good today as it was 30 years ago. Cameron says the Scania joined the Haidley fleet because of a need for a newer, bigger bus and a good deal was offered to them. “Basically in those days if you wanted a new vehicle you had to get rid of one and Scania took trade-ins, so we traded two vehicles on the Scania. “It was just a bare chassis and I went to Brisbane to test drive it and was very impressed. It then went to Superior Body Works for the custom body and 53 semicoach seat layout. There was no airconditioning, just jet air, so we couldn’t do long distance work. We still have all the original documents and plans for it.”



oundation stone

Don Haidley, left, main picture, with the original Scania still in good shape today. Cameron, top, put in many hours behind the wheel. Period interior has survived well.

Once the Scania arrived in Warwick, it was pressed into service on local charter work, its longest journey being a trip to Sydney and a few ventures to Rockhampton. After many years in the charter fleet, the Scania faced its greatest challenge, ferrying 50 kids to and from school each day for 42 weeks of the year for many years, on a school run of 160 km a day, and 60km of that was on dirt. “The Scania’s still a pleasure to drive with plenty of horsepower and with a full load onboard it can still climb Braeside (a nearby step incline) in top gear all the way, losing only about 15 km/h,” Cameron says. “The pulling power is excellent, it steers nicely, and the passengers love its comfort.” Proving its durability, the Scania bus, one of the oldest in the country, has covered about 590,000 km in total. In that time, the motor has never been out, the heads have never been off, and all it has had has been one new clutch, and a replacement turbo charger supplied under warranty.

In December 2015, the Scania retired from active service, after a long, distinguished and trouble-free 30-year career, still in its original paint-work. “The Scania has been a fantastic bus and was retired from active service, due to Government regulations,” Cameron says. It is now a showcase for the business, along with Haidley’s fleet of historic vehicles. Cameron laments the retirement of the Scania, “There is not one rivet loose, there’s no rattles in the body, it doesn’t use any oil and it still drives nice. If it wasn’t for the regulations, we would happily use it today. “We take a great deal of care with our vehicles. When our buses are not working, they go back in the shed, we never leave them out in the weather”. Between driving the bus on school runs each morning and afternoon, Cameron and Hayden meticulously maintain their fleet of coaches, which is evident when you see any of Haidley’s vehicles on the road, whether it be in Warwick or anywhere else in Australia.

Family team: Don and Cameron rue the passing of the 30th anniversary of the Scania joining the fleet. If it hadn’t been ordered off the road by the red tape department, it could still provide excellent service for the business. The coach looks as good today as when new, a testament to Scania, Vic Coach and importantly, the love and care and attention of a family business maintaining it in such good shape over the years.



Photos: Charlie Suriano

Tassielink Transit team lines up at the depot with the new bus. Main picture, looking right at home in central Hobart next to a visiting cruise ship.

S Plenty of space inside for wheelchair parking plus on board luggage. Coach-like seating enhances comfort for longer, twistier journeys out of town through the bucolic Tasmanian countryside.


low-entry regional bus configuration to suit the specific needs of Tasmanian bus operator Tassielink Transit. The DDA-compliant semi-low floor, wheelchair friendly design with a single door provides easy access for older and infirm patrons, as well as impressive luggage capacity thanks to deep underfloor bins and useful luggage racks inside. It is based on a successful Bustech design in use on the Gold Coast running as an airport shuttle. The Tassielink bus will be running routes between Hobart city and the outer urban fringes, which include well-known tourist destinations. DEVISED A UNIQUE

“We see a lot of backpackers and tourists in this region,” says Shane Dewsbery, Managing Director of Tassielink Transit, who identifies tourist meccas such as Port Arthur and the Huon Valley, as well as the route out to Richmond, as locations to be served by the new bus. “Backpackers and local travellers have bulky loads and we also need to be able to give passengers in wheelchairs hassle-free access as well. For many elderly and disabled passengers, the bus is essential in the outer urban and regional areas. “The new design will give us excellent utilisation, with the low floor access and good luggage spaces, plus the interior design has a coach-like feel about it, thanks to comfortable seating and an elevated rear floor section.



Town & Country

Scania and Bustech have combined to deliver a unique outer-urban specification for the Tasmanian town & country operator. Tassielink Transit’s MD Shane Dewsbery is delighted to have the new bus in service, and has already ordered a second example. Huge underfloor bins cope with backpackers luggage.

“This will be the first Bustech bus designed specifically for use in Tasmania especially catering for the Tasmanian regional roads and conditions,” Shane says. “We have specified 52 coach-like seats that have thicker than usual bases to give greater comfort because many passengers will be seated for longer periods than is usual on a route bus. “We have also added armrests for the aisle seats to enhance passenger comfort, because some of the routes have a lot of corners. “From my perspective as an outer urban operator in Tasmania, this is the best design I have seen,” he says. “You have good capacity for luggage inside the bus, nice seats with grab handles but none of the usual grab bars found on a route bus. Moving to the semi-low floor

means we can do without the cumbersome wheelchair lifts as the front suspension kneels to facilitate roll-on access. “This design means the bus can do two jobs really well. “Bustech has been exceptionally accommodating in creating this specification for us. They designed bonded side windows for a smart, flush look. They also fitted a spare wheel and carrier into the chassis, which is unheard of for a low-floor bus.” The spare wheel is actually fitted in the engine bay, as the fuel tank is mounted in usual Bustech style between the axles under the floor. The Scania K 320 UB 4x2 LB chassis provides a 320 hp 5-cylinder Euro 5 emission power-plant driving through a ZF automatic transmission for smooth gear changing,

which also improves passenger comfort while reducing driver fatigue. The bus body also features front and rear-facing cameras as well as interior cameras. Scania provides the chassis and powerplants for around 70% of the Tassielink Transit fleet. The versatile Bustech design makes it suitable for school runs, shuttle and charter work as well as outer-urban route work. The body/chassis interface was made easier by the recent experience Bustech has had with Scania chassis during the construction of 140 city buses for the State Transit Authority in NSW. Many of the lessons learned in that project translated into the Tassielink Transit vehicle and Bustech says it is proud that the finished vehicle is 100% compliant in its chassis and body integration. “We were delighted to be able to deliver a bus to Tassielink’s imaginative specification,” says Jamie Atkinson, Scania Bus and Coach New Vehicle Account Manager. “We worked closely with Bustech and Tassielink throughout the build and delivery process to ensure their specification requirements were met. We are sure Tasmanians will appreciate the effort that has gone into building this bus. It is designed to improve passenger comfort and convenience,” Jamie says. “A follow-up order for a second identical vehicle has already been received, underlining the success of the specification for our customer,” he says. N o 2/2016 • SCANIA EXPERIENCE 53



Photos: Maritimo/Scania


which struck a winner with its Maritimo M65 cruising motor yacht, has now launched a ‘mini version’, the M61 cruising motor yacht which has a lower price while providing many of the same features and benefits of its bigger sibling. The vessel will feature twin Scania V8 engines, each producing 1150 hp, and delivering impressive fuel economy for enhanced cruising range. These are the first commercially supplied examples of the new 1150 hp engine to be installed in pleasure-craft anywhere in the world, underlining Scania’s commitment to meeting the needs of the global pleasure craft market. While the Maritimo M65 was launched at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, a new slightly smaller M61 is being revealed at the 2016 event at Sanctuary Cove in May. The M65 has been a popular model for the company with nine now sold. However, Maritimo saw a niche for a similar styled vessel that sat between the M65 and the M58, thus the decision to go to a 61-foot version. The first M61 cruising motor yacht has just been finished and will be unveiled in Queensland in May, making its international public launch at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Maritimo M61 hull number one has been purchased by a Gold Coast-based boatie who has previously owned three Maritimos, while four others are already spoken for. Maritimo’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the M61 had exceeded all expectations and the company was confident it would be very popular. Big boat enthusiasts are expected to embrace the new M61, which requires less berthing space than its larger sibling, has almost all the same features, albeit proportionally smaller, and is priced under $2.6 million.

“Like the M65 this is a serious motoryacht and the interest we have had in this new model has been tremendous,” according to Haines. “The boat comes as a three cabin, three bathroom configuration or four cabins and two bathrooms or you can even have an office by eliminating one of the bathrooms. “It is a go anywhere motoryacht which can accommodate a family in style, safety and comfort for some genuine blue water passage making.” Mr Haines said the first M61 is fitted with the first Australian release of the new Scania D16 – 1150 hp common rail engines. The M61 can be set-up to include crew quarters or accommodate a gyro. Interiors would include the standard gloss teak or the popular Wenge timber finish and the soft furnishings and fit out would be the same as the M65 in terms of quality. Mr Haines said with Maritimo’s super efficient shaft drive and hull design technology the company is able to deliver even better fuel consumption figures than its competitors using pod-drives across the full range of Maritimo models and he says the M61 will be no exception. Maritimo has estimated that with fuel capacity of 5800 litres it will have a range of 720 nautical miles at a speed of 21-22 knots. André Arm, Scania Australia’s National Manager for Industrial and Marine Engines said he was delighted that Maritimo had selected the new 1150 hp V8 engine for the first of the new M61 vessels. “When Bill Barry-Cotter fitted his M65 with our 900 hp V8 engines last year we were very pleased to see how happy he was with the installation and the performance of the engines. “Now we have even more power and with a shorter vessel, albeit fitted out to the same high standards as the M65, we envisage the M61 will provide even better cruising range. There is an abundance of performance from these new engines, which should bring a smile to the owner’s face each time he opens the throttles,” André says.



Maritimo’s new M61, pictured, boasts dual 1150 hp V8 engines. High performance cruising or very efficient pleasure-boating is an effortless delight.

Less is more Scania’s new 1150 hp V8 marine engine makes its global pleasure-craft debut in the new Australian-made Maritimo M61.


Scania Service Directory New South Wales/ACT Scania Prestons 16-18 Lyn Parade, Prestons 02 9825 7900 Scania Newcastle 1 Enterprise Drive, Beresfield 02 9825 7940 Albury Border Truck Repairs 33 Catherine Cres, Lavington 02 6040 5500 Bathurst Johnson’s Towing & Mechanical 85 Sydney Rd, Kelso 02 6332 5511 Canberra Glover Mechanical & Breakdown 101 Underwood Street Oakes Estate 0429 650 147 Coffs Harbour K & J Trucks (Truck Selling Dealer) 1-3 Isles Drive North Boambee Valley 02 6652 7218 Dubbo Hall’s Transport Repairs 10 Richard Ryan Place Dubbo 02 6882 6060 Lismore Laurie Predebon Truck Repairs 42 Bruxner Highway, South Lismore 02 6622 0336 Port Macquarie North Star Motors 48 Uralla Road, Port Macquarie 02 4980 0655 Tamworth R.C. Barber & Son 21 Denison Street West Tamworth 02 6765 9266 Wagga Wagga NJ’s of Wagga (Truck Selling Dealer) 301 Copland Street Wagga Wagga 02 6971 7214

Wollongong Dwyer’s Truck Centre Cnr Springhill Rd & John Cleary Place Coniston 02 4251 6720

Northern Territory Darwin Diesel Contract Services (Engines) 14 Farrell Crescent, Winnellie 08 8984 4568 Darwin Vanderfield Cnr Stuart Highway & McKinnon Rd Pinelands 08 8932 4200

Queensland Brisbane Scania Richlands 149 Archerfield Rd, Richlands 07 3712 8500 Pinkenba Scania Pinkenba 213 Holt Street, Pinkenba 07 3712 7900 Bundaberg Sullivan Horan Services 23 Sheridan Street, Bundaberg 07 4151 8622 Cairns RSC Diesels (Truck Selling Dealer) 29-31 Ponzo Street Woree 07 4054 5440

Gladstone Curtis Transit Trust (Marine Service) 3 Rooksby Street, Gladstone 07 4979 7000 Gladstone Outcall Mechanical 1 Anson Close, Gladstone 0429 794 002 Gold Coast Advanced Truck Service & Spares 83 - 87 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads 07 5520 3977 Mackay Mackay Truck Parts & Repairs 2 Central Park Drive, Paget 07 4952 3722 Rockhampton Tibbs Fleet Services 19 Somerset Road Rockhampton 07 4933 2211 Salisbury DA.MET (Australia) 42 Precision Street Salisbury 07 3277 3111 Toowoomba (Truck Selling Dealer) Spann’s Truck Repairs 64 Carrington Rd Toowoomba 07 4634 4400 Townsville Hi-Way 1 23-27 Langton Street Garbutt 07 4727 5200

South Australia

Cairns McLeod Engineering (Engines) 50 Aumuller Street Portsmith 07 4035 1364

Scania Adelaide 218-234 Cormack Rd Wingfield 08 8406 0200

Dalby West Dalby Ag Sales 62 Yumborra Rd, Dalby 07 4662 5616

Mount Gambier OGR Trucks 203 Jubilee Highway West Mount Gambier 08 8725 7999

Emerald David Lowery Diesel Repairs Lot 2, 32 Cotton View Rd Emerald 0419 273 095

Port Lincoln West Coast Diesel Service 32 St Andrews Tce, Port Lincoln 08 8682 1753

Port MacDonnell Ashbrook Diesel (Marine Service) 14 Elizabeth Street Port MacDonnell 08 8738 2028

Tasmania Launceston C & I Transport Repairs 430 Hobart Rd, Youngtown 03 6344 7944

Victoria Scania Campbellfield 212-216 Northbourne Rd Campbellfield 03 9217 3300 Scania Dandenong 2/66 Greens Rd Dandenong South 03 9217 3600 Scania Laverton 125-129 Boundary Rd Laverton 03 9369 8666 Bairnsdale Livingstone Truck Repairs 726 Main Street, Bairnsdale 03 5152 1100 Bendigo TTW Truck and Bus 6 Waterson Court, Golden Square 03 5447 7272 Echuca Rich River Truck Repairs 26 Hume Street, Echuca 03 5482 3799 Geelong PJ & T Motors 311-319 Portarlington Rd Moolap 03 5248 4466 Koroit Allansford Truck and Trailer 230 Ziegler Parade, Allansford 0429 320 420


Scania Emergency Dealers Directory

Mildura Mitchell Truck Repairs 363 Benetook Avenue, Mildura 03 5023 2538

Albany SLR Enterprises Lot 69 Pendeen Road, Albany 08 9724 6200

Morwell M & J Stewart Motors 111 Alexanders Rd, Morwell 03 5134 4359

Esperance Kip & Steve’s Mechanical Repairs 21 Currong Street, Esperance 08 9071 2411

Shepparton Taig Bros 6 Wheeler Street, Shepparton 03 5821 9811

Geraldton Kelly’s Truck & Marine Service 314 Place Rd, Geraldton 08 9964 3444

Goondiwindi MacIntyre Mechanical Service Lot 11 Racecourse Rd Goondiwindi 07 4671 3569

Wangaratta Robinson’s Truck & Coach Maintenance 45-47 Gibson Street Wangaratta 03 5722 3644

Goondiwindi Country Link Mobile Mechanical Service (Engines) 14 Boodle Street, Goondiwindi 07 4671 4222

Gympie Gympie Truck & Bus 26 McMahon Rd, Gympie 07 5482 8545

Warracknabeal Brunt Truck Repairs Cnr Henty Highway & Gardner Street Warracknabeal 03 5398 1244

Western Australia Perth Scania Kewdale 527-529 Abernethy Rd Kewdale 08 9360 8500 Bunbury Scania Bunbury 12 Proffitt St Bunbury 08 9724 6200

Kalgoorlie Kalmech 2 Brinsden Road, Kalgoorlie 08 9022 2011 Kalgoorlie Prime Power Engineering (Engines) 8-12 Epis Street, Kalgoorlie 08 9021 8899

New South Wales

South Australia

Griffith City Truck Repairs 1056 Bridge Rd, Griffith 02 6962 5216

Bordertown Tatiara Truck & Trailers 4 McLellan Street, Bordertown 08 8752 0077


Mount Isa JD Bradbury 178 Duchess Rd, Mount Isa 0429 193 397

Western Australia

Broome Broome Diesel & Hydraulic Service 4 De Castilla Street, Broome 08 9192 1330 Kununurra Top End Motors 28 Bandicoot Dr Kununurra 08 9168 2207

Northern Territory Alice Springs Van Luenen Diesel 31 Kennett Court, Alice Springs 0418 897 721

Roma Vanderfields 137 Raglan St, Roma 07 4622 2222

Karratha Double R Equipment Repairs 2493 Collawanyah Road Karrartha 08 9185 2699



Model Student


van has been making models of trucks since childhood. Then, as now, the roads of Brazil were filled with many Scania trucks: L75, L111 and LK140 models. Even though there were other brands of trucks, the Scanias were the most noticeable because they were the most imposing and also because of the unique orange colour. “Scania began with the light grey colour in Brazil, and then turned to blue, and by the 1980s they were painted in orange,” he says. “That is what I associate with Scania from my childhood and teenage years, plus the sounds of the engine and the air brakes. Those Scania trucks smelled of torque and I had to have a model of one. “To make the models was also a challenge. I always tried to make the cabs from old cooking oil cans. The panels were attached with thin wire from the chicken wire of the henhouse. Today, I solder the panels with the same soldering wire that is used in electronics. “It is difficult to say how much time I

Truck model maker Ivan Gouveia is based in Brazil and has devoted thousands of hours making models of Scania trucks. spent on each model because sometimes I make several of the same parts for about five to ten trucks. But generally it takes about two weeks per unit. “Now I sell most of them, and there are times when I have none in stock. Demand from people outside Brazil is high and some people are happy to wait even for four months to have one model because I have to schedule the building of the model. Depending on the amount of detailing, a model can cost from about US$500, with more customising the price goes up. “I like the classic models

most, and I plan to make many models of this kind. I have an unfinished L85 that is an imposing truck that has an in-line 8-cylinder engine. I am also interested in making vintage models like the ones from the beginning of the last century. Today, making these model trucks is a way to recapture some of my lost childhood – I had to start working too early – and it is a therapy also. The model making is also an important part of my income and I hope it will sustain me in later years also. “I have worked as a teacher, an electronics technician and then a computer programmer, but I like spending time with scale modelling the best. Through my website where I post not only the pictures of the model trucks but also how they are made, I have made many friends all around the world,” he says. Follow Ivan on Facebook here: https://





Scania has a selection of fully compliant high quality locally manufactured and readybuilt buses to meet your school and charter requirements. All Scania buses come with ABS/EBS as standard equipment with the option of Electronic Stability Control. Coupled with customised driver training and integrated fleet management system, Scania sets new standards for operating economy, driveability, handling and reliability.

Features include:• High quality body and interior • 295/80R22.5 tyres • Available in 310hp • Built-in retarder • Choice of six-speed automatic transmission or eight-speed two pedal Opticruise.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SCANIA-HIGER A30 CONTACT:QLD Brian Thompson: 0418 531 632 NSW Rob Lanteri: 0478 317 177 Warren Young: 0411 768 027

VIC / SA / TAS Dean Cash: 0478 310 518 Jamie Atkinson: 0408 059 501

WA Dean Cash: 0478 310 518





“Scania driver training is excellent. A guy who’d been working here for 26 years did the course and straight off his fuel economy was 10% better.”

So contact your local branch or authorised dealer to find out how a Scania Total Transport Solution can work for your business. Victoria

Scania Campbellfield Tel: (03) 9217 3300

Scania Prestons Tel: (02) 9825 7900

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Scania Dandenong Tel: (03) 9217 3600

Scania Newcastle Tel: (02) 9825 7940

Scania Pinkenba Tel: (07) 3712 7900

Scania Bunbury Tel: (08) 9724 6200

Scania Laverton Tel: (03) 9369 8666

K&J trucks, Coffs Harbour Tel: (02) 6652 7218

Spann’s trucks, Toowoomba (07) 4634 4400

NJ’s of Wagga Tel: (02) 6971 7214

rSc diesels, cairns (07) 4054 5440

South auStralia Scania Wingfield Tel: (08) 8406 0200

Scania Richlands Tel: (07) 3712 8500

Scania Kewdale Tel: (08) 9360 8500

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