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Old Dec 31, 2011, 4:50 AM   #1
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Default Roadtrains of the Australian Outback....

These Roadtrains are often up to 50 mtr. long, and I am holding my breath when they are passing us, or overtaking.

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Old Dec 31, 2011, 9:48 AM   #2
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Them are indeed road trains...never seen anything like that. In the US, I've seen a big rig haul and second trailer, but that's it. Are these allowed on urban highways or are they restricted to outback roads only?
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 10:33 AM   #3
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Wow! Wonder how long it would take to stop one of those from 65 mph.
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 3:32 PM   #4
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G'day all

Griddi > congrats again for a couple of great shots !!!

Other Fellas > these trucks are an everyday occurrence all over central Australia: "the outback" as far as the tourism people are concerned.

Like -all- aussie vehicles, they are legal-speed-restricted to 100-110km/h [60mph]. When they are on a 2-lane outback 'blacktop' highway and someone is overtaking them, the second vehicle is on the wrong side of the road for about a mile [1,5km] and as such, we regrettably lose a few visiting tourists every year ....

Just about all aussies travelling country australia have a 2-way radio in the vehicle and keep in touch with the truckies as they are driving to assist them/us with safe overtaking etc etc

As to 'other' trucks... we have lots to choose from
The USA '18-wheeler' is an aussie 20-wheeler and is a local area delivery truck for bread & milk. Then we go to the 'B-Double' of prime mover + 2-trailers, ie- about 42-wheeler which do medium-haul jobs of, maybe <1000km, then the triple-trailer jobs of 60+ wheels for long-haul trips across the continent. Along the way these B-doubles & B-triples are going thru lots of towns, although in many places the CBD is off-limits to them, so there are parking bays on the town limits for them to drop/shunt a trailer around for local delivery

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Old Dec 31, 2011, 5:25 PM   #5
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thanks to you all for your replys, and Phil said it all, for some years, there was on a highway(?) crossing from the N.T. into Queensland, only ONE lane, which did mean, these roadtrains had always right of way, and all other car's had to drive onto the shoulder of the road, which was mostly loose red soil, to let them pass.

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