Saturday, May 2, 2015

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

The Trucking Museum is part of Iowa 80, the World's Biggest Truckstop, at Walcott in Iowa.

The Museum is about 3 hours West of Chicago and 3 hours East of Des Moines.

Free entry and open from 9am to 9pm in the Summer. [9 to 5 in Winter.]

An old AC Mack, similar to some that are still in use in Cuba.

B87 Mack, the most powerful of the B-Series and used in Heavy-Haul Operations.

Solid-Tyred Packard Tipper from the company that also made the luxury Straight-8 Saloon.

Nicely restored BM Mack with flat-bed and fifth-wheel.

 Solid-tyred Mack Truck and Trailer, made long before the Bulldog hood emblem.

5 ton International Flatbed, looking as good as it did when it was built.

Brockway Tractor Unit, formally used on the Eastern Sea-Board.

Recovery-Crane-Truck by White, with serious tread on the drive axle tyres.

Sleeper-cab Kenworth from 1954; with matching trailer.

Superb Diamond T Tractor Unit in two-tone blue with gold.

White Super-Mustang Tractor Unit; the same model as used by the Nairn Brothers in the Middle-East in the 1950s.

Autocar Tipper with the luxury of a fully-enclosed cab.

Most of the trucks were fully restored but some were on display in their barn-find condition.

Some trucks were restored after years of neglect; some like this International came straight from service and just needed a bit of tidying-up.

The Kenworth Cab-Over of Highway hank Good. He replaced it with a Kenworth Conventional.

A one-owner driver, five-million mile rig donated to the museum after 35 years of service.

1954 Diamond-T Tractor Unit; my favorite truck in the whole museum. Gorgeous!

Most of the trucks looked like they could still go out and do a day's work.

Studebaker Tractor Unit. The only one I have ever seen.

B-Series Double-drive Mack; very similar to the old one in the Flying Eagle yard.

I would happily go off and do a weeks work in this Integral-Sleeper B61 Mack.

Mack Pump Truck; low-mileage, specialised equipment always survives better than over-the-road stuff.

Saurer truck from the Swiss town of Arbon; of course, one of my favorite makes.

Mack Winch Truck that was working on the Iowa 80 Recovery Fleet before coming to rest in the museum.

Kenworth Flatbed with solid rear tyres; it wouldn't need the axle-stand if it had them on the front.

Fageol Flat-bed Truck from the factory that went on to produce the first Peterbilts some years later.

Looking better than new and a whole lot better than the many others like it that are still working hard in Central America.

____West-bound on Interstate 80; running from Toronto to Portland, Oregon, I had a couple of hours to spare. So, what better place to spend it than in a trucking museum. Free entry and I saved even more money by avoiding all the chrome goodies in the truckstop store. There was only about half-a-dozen people in there, so they didn't get in the way of my photographic activity. But the little chain fences and all the other trucks did make things difficult. It is a bit over-crowded with exhibits and not enough room to stand-back and admire the splendid restoration work. But I am being picky; the place is well worth visiting and has to be commended for saving some of this one-of-a-kind machinery.

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