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K-Line Trailers begins production of set of Dual Powered Road Trains for Canadian mining operations

Long-haul/high-payload powered road train fleets unprecedented in North America

Fleet of K-Line Dual Powered Road Trains are hauling some of the highest long-distance payloads of material in the North American mining industry.
Fleet of K-Line Dual Powered Road Trains are hauling some of the highest long-distance payloads of material in the North American mining industry.

K-Line Trailers has announced start of production on their third and fourth Dual Powered Road Trains (DPRT) for an international mining corporation’s Canadian operation. The mine’s current fleet of K-Line Dual Powered Road Trains are hauling some of the highest long-distance payloads of material in the North American mining industry.

“Our goal was to bring a truly game-changing product to the North American mining industry. With our customer’s confidence in expanding to a K-Line DPRT Fleet earlier this year and their recent order for more DPRT’s in 2017 (with a projection for more through to 2023), it confirms we have been successful with that,” said Les Knight, CEO at K-Line Trailers.

In 2014, K-Line Trailers upgraded its previous powered trailer design for triple trailer weights and manufactured what is believed to be the only Dual-Powered Road Train operating in North America. K-Line’s DPRT transports an amazing 216 metric tonnes (476,000 pounds) on grades up to 10 percent and handles more material at higher speeds than conventional haul trucks.

The 190-foot Dual Powered Road Train partners a formidable tier 3 540HP Cat engine and planetary drive axles with the proven reliability of Western Star’s powerhouse 600-hp Detroit DD16, 6900XD Off-Road Tractor. The Cat engine and Western Star tractor work as one unit to make this a remarkably seamless experience for the drivers on the mine’s long haul road. According to John Tomlinson, Western Star’s North American XD & Vocational Sales Manager, “Driver training and safety orientation are much simpler than one might initially think for a unit of this size. If a person has driven an A or B-Train configuration before, then they have the advantage of driving in a familiar environment behind the wheel of a Western Star Tractor. It’s an easy step from there to operating the road train.”

Following the implementation of the first DPRT at the mine in 2015, K-Line’s design and fabrication team continued to work closely with the mining company to fully integrate the DPRT to the mine’s operations, safety and maintenance programs.

According to K-Line’s Sales Engineer for the project, Tony Nathan P. Eng., “The customer feedback has been very positive. The second DPRT was commissioned within 10 days of arrival at site and the customer has already noted significant operational gains, cycle time and productivity.”

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