In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East.
Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
March 2014 Editorial:
His Legacy Lives On.
Back in 1988 a truck driver woke up in the middle of the night with an idea for what he called a Multi-phase Trailer System. Instead of a trailer that could only be used for one operation, his system involved modules that could be swapped out so that the trailer could be used as a flat deck, log hauler or rock hauler. These trailers were also the first ever designed with air scales on an air ride suspension. Drawings were soon in the works and production started. The inventor of this system was Don Glenn, a very well respected driver, company owner and family man.
He built six trailers and one of the first jobs that they were used on was the Oldman Dam Project in Southern Alberta. They were the first contractor on the job site and the last one to leave 5 years later. The rock tubs that he built for his trailers worked even better than he imagined and during the construction of the dam they hauled over 960,000 tons of shot rock.
The original 6 rock tubs were used for various projects after the dam was completed and then sat idle up until the devastating floods that swept through Alberta and south eastern BC last year. When the water started to rise and miles of roads and rail lines were washing out they were quickly called out of retirement to help stop the erosion. That was last June and since then six more rock tubs have been built bringing the total to 12. They have been going steady since then and there is no end in sight to the work yet to be done.
In four short weeks Brad Glenn and his crew had depleted all the rock quarries from Fernie to Crowsnest and had to find another source of rock. Not just any rock either, some of the rocks that are needed, to make sure they do not wash away should there be another flood, can measure 6 and 8 feet in diameter.
The only quarry they could find that was willing to keep blasting through the winter in minus 40 degree weather to ensure that the work could continue was in Nordegg Alberta which is located at the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River, about 170 km west of Red Deer. In order to keep up with the volume, the quarry at Nordegg had to increase the number of excavators they had from 3 to 7 and they also had to bring in a second blasting Crew.
Since last June they have hauled rock to Edmonton, Calgary, High River, and across south eastern BC all the way to Cranbrook and the race is on to complete as much of the work as possible in case this spring brings more floodwaters with it.
On another note, the news that we will be parking some of the trucks indoors at BC Big Rig Weekend has been greatly received. There have been a number of reservations but space is limited so don’t forget to reserve your spot.