Trucking History

Truck Drivers, Trucking History

Before they were Stars they were Truckers

Ever wonder what celebrities were up to before they became famous? Many started out in the hospitality industry, working at bars or restaurants. But guess what? Many also started out as truck drivers! And, who knows, maybe you’ll run into the next big actor/actress, musician or athlete while on the road. The most famous of…

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Trucking History

Building Blocks of the Trucking Industry – the Diesel Engine

NOTE: The following is the first installment of an on-going series on the technologies that helped build and shape today’s trucking industry. This story looks at how and why the diesel engine was developed and the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of its inventor before the engine that bared his name really took off. The…

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Trucking History

First Semi-Truck in the United States to Get Loaded on Diesel

Was it the Winton Gas Engine and Manufacturing Company, Fairbanks Morse and Company (Fairbanks-Morse) or Kenworth Truck Co. that developed the first commercial vehicle equipped with a diesel engine? While all three have claimed distinctions involving the diesel engine, one thing is clear, Winton built the first diesel engine in the United States. In 2011,…

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