Australia has the largest and heaviest road-legal vehicles in the world, with some configurations topping out at close to 200 tonnes. The majority are between 80 and 120 t. Double (two-trailer) road train combinations are allowed in most areas of Australia, and within the environs many cities. A double road train should not be confused with a B-double, which are allowed access to most of the country and in all major cities. Triple (three trailer) road trains operate as well, with some states also allowing AB-Quads (3.5 trailers). Darwin is the only capital city in the world that triples and quads are allowed to within 1 km (0.62 mi) of the central business district (CBD).

In the remote areas can be found the largest road trains operating in Australia, and therefore the world. Called a “Powertrain” or a “Body and six”, these machines operate at the Granites gold mine in the western Northern Territory, and are used in place of 200t dump trucks, because of the distances involved on the haul run.. These have 6 trailers hooked to the prime mover. [detailed info from Wikipedia]

Here is a 90 tonne double from Queensland photographed in the Outback on the way to Broken Hill, NSW, Australia.

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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 2 years ago

  • Cheers, Tom! Thanks!

    – Peter Doré

  • Maxwell Campbell
    Maxwell Campbellover 2 years ago

    Great capture Peter, stunning sky mate

  • Thanks Maxwell! The Outback was kind to me on the few occasions I had to take a photograph!

    – Peter Doré

  • Andy Newman
    Andy Newmanover 2 years ago

    Awesome radial dynamics Peter!
    The stationary objective is full of motion and power!, yet at rest. The shot crates a circular view, and so the transit, and repetition are evoked.
    This could be a windscreen or rear view shot, depending on your relativity. The radial lines delineate the POV, and invite the imagination…
    Rare, but ‘Well done’.
    Have a beer on me!

  • Thanks Andy! I will do that! I had a quick trip from Brisbane to South Australia and back in 6 days, 3 each way, to collect my new project. Time out to take shots was limited to morning tea and lunch at the road side. I just had to pick my spots and this Road Train was irresistible. The driver was a great character as expected, full of road stories and great technical knowledge of his rig (and everyone else’s rig) and a huge smile. More on the project later… it’s another fun effort! Cheers!

    – Peter Doré

  • Judith Cahill
    Judith Cahillover 2 years ago

    Congratulations this powerful image has been

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    2nd September 2012

  • Thanks Judith! That’s great news! :)

    – Peter Doré

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    Excellent clarity and composition! Love the blue background and the background information is very interesting.

  • Thanks very much!!

    – Peter Doré

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonover 2 years ago

    8th September 2012

    Wonderful image, well done!
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  • Thanks very much!!

    – Peter Doré

  • withsun
    withsunover 2 years ago

    Really gorgeous !

  • Thank you!

    – Peter Doré

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!!

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    This work is eligible to enter in our Nature And Man *Featured Works Challenge * September 2012
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  • Thanks Evita!!

    – Peter Doré

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 2 years ago

    great expanse and perspective!

  • Thanks, it’s a big country out there and I tried to show that!

    – Peter Doré

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 2 years ago


  • Thanks Vicki!

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