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New Kenworths running as quad road trains for Toll

Transport and logistics company, Toll, has deployed a new fleet of Kenworths in far north Queensland running lead and zinc concentrates from the Cannington mine to Yurbi Rail Siding near Cloncurry before it is moved onto Townsville.

The five new 8x6 Kenworth T659 Day Cab Tri-Drives will be used in quad road train side tipper application to also move copper concentrate from the Capricorn site.

A Cummins X15 600hp engine has been paired to an Eaton FO-22E318B-MXP Ultrashift Plus that features Cummins ADEPT technology and Eaton’s Dual-Mode.

The Kenworths, five in total, will operate around 175 tonne gross concessional mass, but can be approved to go higher, subject to application analysis according to PACCAR Australia.

The trailers were built and designed by Mick Murray Welding, a Townsville-based manufacturer.

“The design was intended to support a payload increase of around 10 per cent over current units, while meeting the regulatory requirements to haul concentrates that can be classified as dangerous goods,” said a Toll spokesperson.

“As well as achieving the payload increase, our drivers have been impressed with the added safety and technology features on the prime mover and trailers; making them feel safer while operating a multi-combination at 164.2 tonnes Gross Combination Mass (GCM)”

“The design also includes a unique lid system that improves the safe operation for loading and unloading compared to previous builds.”

The Kenworth T659 comes equipped with a Knorr Bremse full-integrated safety suite, ABS Brakes, Electronic Stability Program, Trailer Response Module, Lane Departure Warning and Active Cruise Braking with Collision Mitigation.

PACCAR confirmed it worked with CHJ Engineering to provide ROPS mounted brackets which were fitted in production so as to avoid disassembly of the trucks in post-production.

The truck also has a full complement of LED lights including headlights, all market lights, beacon lights, tail lights, mirror mounted read flood loading lights.

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