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Dart Trucks...another learned discourse on a legendary brand from 'The Brochure King'! Where does he get it all from wonders Biglorryblog?

  • 22 January 2009
  • By Biglorryblog

1KW Dart.jpg 
Hurrah for the 'Brochure King'! Set him a challenge and by golly you seldom beat him. I asked the BK aka Richard Stanier about Dart trucks (that's one pictured above) and this is what he's come up with: "Eh up Brian" he says in a jaunty manner, "Spurred into action by the wonderful reminiscing about Supertruck, I've dug out a few brochures on the magnificent Dart range of trucks for BiglorryBlog."
Dart 4150.jpg
"First of all is the mighty 4150 model 150-ton 'Coal Hauler'. This one dates from the mid-1970's and was powered by a choice of Caterpillar, Cummins or Detroit engines developing between 900 and 1050hp," Love the bloke in front of it Rich..looks like he's about to play a round of gold with it in those trousers!"
KW Dart.jpg
Next Rich says: "I've also attached a press photo of an earlier two trailer model with an attendant car for scale. This looks like a protoype for the later articulated haulers and is circa the mid/late 1960's I think. At this point they were badged as KW - Darts by virtue of their Paccar ownership." And for a real pie who can tell me what the car is...?
Dart 2085.jpg
"They weren't all artics though" says Rich. "The 2085 above was a rigid Haul Truck for an 85-ton payload, and was unusual in being a six-wheeler. This model was powered by a 12-cylinder Cummins of 800hp or a Detroit V16 of 860hp. The one seen here is from a 1995 brochure, when the range was under the Unit Rig banner." Now click through here for one more....

KW Dart 10S.jpg
Lastly says Rich "I have attached a nice little Model 10S of 10 ton capacity from the early 60's. At this time KW-Dart were produced a wide range of dump trucks up to 70 tons capacity. Hope you like them, Richard." I love them BK--and one day I'll catch you out...!


  • marcus said

    Looks like an Olds Toronado, but that would push the photograph into the later 60's, as the car was not built before then.

  • Dave Middlewood said

    I think the car with the Dart truck is a Oldsmobile Delmont 88 Holiday Coupe 1967-8.

  • Michael Ingham said

    The Dart articulated tractor and bottom dump trailer is, Ithink, one of six sold to Exportadora de Sal in Guerrero Negro BCFA Mexico around 1970. they ran as triple bottoms each trailer carried 110 tons of wet salt from the ponds to the washery. The truck had a Detroit 16V/149 of about 1000HP the run was about 10Km and perfectly flat and smooth. The air over hydraulic brakes were programmed to come on the rear trailer first. I was the master mechanic in charge of the Caterpillar salt harvesting and loading equipment on the site A Scotsman named Euan Morrison was in charge of the Darts. These big trailers replaced an earlier fleet of KW logging tractors hauling 50ton trailers

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