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Rocky’s Own Transport has put its 100th Cummins ISX engine into service – a milestone achieved in a little over six years.

The company itself has undergone a rapid transformation in this period, growing its fleet from just 20 trucks in 2006 to the current size of more than 130 trucks and 220 trailers.

The company’s beginnings in 1985 were modest, a couple of trucks and a table and chair set up in a small timberyard in Rockhampton (Qld).

Today, the company’s owners – CEO Bryan Smith, directors Marcia Charlesworth, Darryn Charlesworth and Letisha Charlesworth-Smith, and national operations manager Rod Carige lead Rocky’s Own with a strong sense of responsibility and professionalism.

Rocky’s Own put its 100th Cummins ISX engine into service in this Kenworth T609.

Rocky’s Own put its 100th Cummins ISX engine into service in this Kenworth T609.

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Cummins looks set for a greater presence in the Nolan’s Interstate Transport fleet with the release of the ISXe5 engine.

Nolan’s has been part of Cummins’ official field test program for the ISXe5, operating two Kenworths with the new 15-litre engine that uses SCR technology for emissions reduction.

One test engine is in a K200 rated at 600 hp/1850 lb ft, while the other is in a T409SAR rated at 550 hp/1850 lb ft.

“Our preference for our fleet now is SCR and we have the storage infrastructure in place to handle the requirement for AdBlue (urea),” says Nolan’s director Adrian (‘Flea’) Nolan.

One of Nolan’s two Kenworths that have been part of Cummins’ extensive ISXe5 field test program.

One of Nolan’s two Kenworths that have been part of Cummins’ extensive ISXe5 field test program.

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Cummins has announced a new addition to its heavy-duty truck engine line-up in the South Pacific.

The ISXe5, an engine meeting Euro 5 emissions compliance through selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, will be available in the South Pacific from 2013.

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On time at the station

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Heavy Duty Trucks

Cummins Signature 600 engines are at the heart of Newcastle Waters’ C508 Kenworths

As a crimson sun starts to rise above the seemingly endless expanse, Banjo Paterson’s evocative line – “there was movement at the station” – makes the jump from bush verse to reality.

We’re at one of the Northern Territory’s far-flung cattle stations, Newcastle Waters, which occupies a vast and ancient land.

A century ago many stockmen would have died with memories of this endless horizon sweeping around them, of seemingly empty plains stretching out forever.

Today, there may be a vision of nothingness, but Newcastle Waters and its two outstations – Dungowan and Ucharonidge – run 90,000 head of cattle on a sprawling 5.7 million acres (2.3 million hectares).

With the first whisper of daylight, manager Angus Mitchell is meeting with station hands, organising the day’s work with a calm persistence.

There’s movement at the station, and during the day Newcastle Waters’ three roadtrains will be on the property, punching through the great emptiness, plumes of dust marking their progress.

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Graeme Dyer… awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012 for service to the road transport industry.

Dyers Transport is one of Victoria’s longest established road transport companies, its fleet of around 100 trucks – most with Cummins power – providing general freight, refrigeration and distribution services.

“We’re many things to many customers,” says managing director Graeme Dyer. “You have to be what your customer wants you to be.

“We’re still a family company…I’m lucky I have three sons involved in the business, all with different skill sets.”

Graeme’s sons are the fourth generation of Dyers. “Scott is an excellent mechanic while Greg and David have university backgrounds. Greg majored in transport economics while David majored in marketing,” Graeme points out.

This year Graeme Dyer, now in his early 70s, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the road transport industry and community of Wellington Shire.

Graeme’s father Leo started the Dyer business in Sale in Victoria’s Gippsland region in 1932 although Leo had earlier operated trucks out of Renmark in South Australia with his brother Dick. (more…)