The Big Trucks
Me and my "Jimmy".
I've spent 25 years on and off, driving tractor trailer trucks. On this page I will share some of my stories and thoughts on trucking. The photo is of me behind the wheel of my 1976 GMC Astro. I owned this tractor for nearly five years. It was powered by a "290" Cummins diesel working through a Fuller Ten speed transmission with Eaton rears mounted with Rayco suspension. It was an ex Branch freight lines tractor. A good tractor and a solid money maker.
Although I leased it to several different companies in Alexandria Va., "Intermodal Transportation" was the company I spent most of my time working for. Intermodal was dedicated to hauling piggy back trailers through the 9 north eastern states as were the other companies I leased with.
It was good work. I was never gone more than three days and that only rarely. Generally I took two trips a week and made a decent living without having to spend my life on the road. Family circumstances beyond my control eventually forced me to have to sell my tractor. It was a good life while it lasted though and I'm fortunate to have had the experience. No regrets here.
My last employment driving the big rigs was with All Freight, a Winchester Va. based freight company. Unfortunately All Freight was sold to DDS, a Pennsylvania outfit during the last few years that I worked there. DDS ran onto hard times and ended up taking All Freight down with it. The photos below are of the second tractor I drove for All Freight. My son Alex and I spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning, painting and polishing the aluminum bits with the results you see hear. Aside from working for myself as an O/O, my employment with All freight was the best tractor trailer employment I've had.