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Old 27th April 2009, 12:07   #31
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Nice thread. Some brilliantly hilarious shots. I think that Bengali caption "ager moto aar sukh nei" needs a translation for the benefit of non-Bengalis
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On cross country journeys, I have always been fascinated by the infrastructure surrounding truckers and the innovations it leads to:

Here is a pic of a highway 'department' store attached to a dhaba. Most things a trucker would require crammed into a cubbyhole.

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And my personal 'usability' and 'design innovation' favorite:

Cell phone chargers with battery clamps at the end since trucks dont seem to have cigarette lighter points! Necessity truly is the mother of invention.

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Old 27th April 2009, 14:52   #33
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Truck body building and decorations are another sight.each state/region got their own style-especially National Permit Ones.I think mangalore body(we in kerala calls so) is much beautiful compared to others-I mean those plying between cochin-manglore-bombay route -westcoast.kerala & tn got plane simple leyland(rarely tata) trucks.
though the crown of front housing trucks of tata (kerala body) carrying wood looks great.
see here:
Some signs, mostly in Kerala, mostly hand-painted
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Old 27th April 2009, 15:48   #34
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A pic I've taken of a large goods carrier -
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Old 27th April 2009, 16:14   #35
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One from my side:

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Old 27th April 2009, 18:28   #36
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A few pictures from my end
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A pic I've taken of a large goods carrier -
Wow, the first time I've seen a Volvo trailer like that. What's that thing behind the cabin, the one on which the name is written?
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Wow, the first time I've seen a Volvo trailer like that. What's that thing behind the cabin, the one on which the name is written?
I guess it is ballast to ensure that the driving wheels have maximum traction and the load being carried does not overwhelm the truck. Couldn't ask the driver as he wasnt there.
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I guess it is ballast to ensure that the driving wheels have maximum traction and the load being carried does not overwhelm the truck. Couldn't ask the driver as he wasnt there.
I agree. As the load will be in upwards of 30 Tons and with an extra long trailer, there is strong possibility of Cantilever effect on the connection with the tractor unit. Also provides better traction. Same reason why twin axles on a slightly elongated wheel base on the rear instead of the short wheelbase and single axle.
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Did you take those dust storm truck pictures on NH26 somewhere near Jhansi or Jabalpur during your DEL-HYD Trip?

I am posting the same location pictures possibly. Please verify.
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Did you take those dust storm truck pictures on NH26 somewhere near Jhansi or Jabalpur during your DEL-HYD Trip?

I am posting the same location pictures possibly. Please verify.
Yes thats the NH26 between Lalitpur and Sagar. The entire stretch is so horrible that all maps should carry a warning "Venture into this road at your own risk and only if you have a SUV"
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Yes thats the NH26 between Lalitpur and Sagar. The entire stretch is so horrible that all maps should carry a warning "Venture into this road at your own risk and only if you have a SUV"
Bingo. That was it. the signage should also say - "use K&N Filters on this route at your risk"

BTW what is the Fatta Box? Is it for lying under the truck?
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I think it is a tool box!
Is there a Indian language that calls tools as fatta?
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Bingo. That was it. the signage should also say - "use K&N Filters on this route at your risk"

BTW what is the Fatta Box? Is it for lying under the truck?
Fatta Box is normally found in the Full body trucks.

For example, you see the "Cant Enjoy as Much" cartoon, the wooden planks are numbered 1,2,3,4. When the truck is not loaded, they have the option to remove the planks. Guess they do it at times for better aerodynamics.

And they put those in the "Fatta Box".
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Fatta Box is where the store the extra wooden planks (fatta) that are used to load the truck over and above the normal gate at back. For instance the nicely translated picture is drawn on fatta's. If the loading does not require the planks these are store in the "fatta box"
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