Robert Swan back in the day.
Robert Swan back in the day.

East Coast crew hoping for big NT reunion

MORE than 100 former employees of the defunct company East Coast Transport will meet for a reunion in Alice Springs on August 23.

It will be held during the National Road Transport Hall of Fame's annual truckies' reunion from August 23-25.

Former company driver Bob Dale, aged 74, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, told Big Rigs that around 80 people have advised they will be there.

"Over the years the company had depots in all of the big capital cities and would have had 400-500 drivers. We are all looking forward to this reunion,” Bob said.

Septuagenarian Bob still drives a Kenworth Aerodyne out of Narrandera in NSW.

Another of the organisers and former company driver is Brisbane-based Robert Swan.

Robert said East Coast Transport originated in late 1960s and continued until the early '80s.

REUNITED: Organisers Robert Swan and Bob Dale are looking forward to seeing old mates.
REUNITED: Organisers Robert Swan and Bob Dale are looking forward to seeing old mates.

"It was part of the Mayne Nickless Group which took control of many companies including Barney Kerr, Jack Toll, Howes Medew, Cubico and McMullins Transport to name a few,” he said.

"Freight carried mainly for Australian Paper Mills - APM, ICl Chemical and GMH which had plants in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

"All trailers were flat top and gates were rarely if ever used.

"Loads were secured by ropes or chains.

"Tarps used per trailer two general and one cap tarp.

"It wasn't until the late '70s when the name changed to Intermodal did we have pantech trailers.

"These trailers came with jay loaders so rolls of paper could man oeuvre in van.”

The contact numbers for the reunion are: Bobby Dale on 0428995196 and Robert Swan on 0439968937.

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