A friend asked me today what I actually knew about Road Trains
- had to admit not much -
I do know that they are very long - can be 53 metres/173 feet in length
Remember I'm a townie so don't have contact with these every day like those who live out in the bush so here is some information I gleaned from the Internet.
They are more common in South Australia, Western Australia, parts of Queensland and New South Wales and of course in
The Northern Territory
where they were developed through necessity
Not allowed within a certain of distance of towns and cities there are trailer parks where the prime mover can move on from and take one or two trailers to wherever and the others are picked up individually
For Gill the answer is that legally they are restricted to 3 trailers - but I have seen some on mining sites that are longer but they are not the same as those used on the open road for freight or livestock.
A road train or roadtrain is a trucking concept used in remote areas of Australia, Mexico, the United States, and Western Canada to move bulky loads efficiently.
The term "road train" is most often used in Australia.
In the U.S. and Canada the terms "triples," "Turnpike doubles" and "Rocky Mountain doubles" are commonly used for longer combination vehicles (LCVs).
A road train consists of a relatively conventional tractor unit, but instead of pulling one trailer or semi-trailer, the road train pulls two or more of them.