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Subj:.....Cattle Trains In Australia
          From: tom on 5/29/2012 (S803)
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Sign from Kingsley-Foreman...
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Source1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_train
Source2: http://kingsley-foreman.tripod.com/Towtruckphotos/id9.html
Source3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tkFUIWjsH4
.........(See 'Road Train Trucks' in Truck-Bus)
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Left: The white reflectors are high on the front on the truck so at night the cars heading towards you can tell that you are a truck and then they can give you more of the road.

The stone gard over the wind- sheld is to stop stones smashing the windsheld, plus if the truck you are following blows a re-tread tyre it is like a bomb going off smashing the wind- sheld. 

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The Bull-bar is needed because in the vast Outback of Australia the cattle station (Ranches) are so big, hunderds of square miles each of them and a lot of them do not have fencing. So it is not unusual to find cattle or sheep on the main highway.

The cow-catcher on the bottom of the Bull-bar is to stop the cattle or what ever from going under your truck and rolling your truck over.

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Road Trains

In the above photo there are 17 trucks with 3 trailers and 2 decks per
trailer;

Therefore there are 102 decks of cattle and there would be approximately

28 cattle per deck; This totals 2,856 head of cattle.

The cattle will weigh approximately 500kg each (1102.3 lbs).

The sale price for cattle at Longreach is approx. 165c/kg (75c/lb).

Each animal will therefore be sold at $825.

Total revenue from this analysis is $2,356,200.

Another interesting fact:

Each trailer has 24 tyres plus a dolly with 8 tyres

The truck plus lead trailer have 12 tyres plus a dolly with 8 tyres and
10 tyres on the truck.

For the 72 truck/trailer combos there are 6,192 tyres on the road.
 

Below is a road trains loading cattle at Helen Springs Station,
north of Tennant Creek NT.
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These cattle trains creat quite a wind when you
meet one on the road as shows in the next video.
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May you never meet a cattle train on the road.
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