90-metre road train tested in Sweden

A sight only seen in Australia was recently filmed in the Swedish port of Gothenburg by Fredrik Pettersson, a Scania employee.

The Swedish truck brand ran a load test in cooperation with a logistics company. Five trailers were loaded with ten 20-foot containers filled with paper pulp, the total length of which was about 90 metres.

The trailers were hauled by a Scania R 730 AWD prime mover. The test had two aims, to see how the drive line performs under these conditions, and to investigate whether running a vehicle of this type and load was possible when shunting. The truck was equipped with a standard 2-pedal Scania Opticruise automated transmission. Gross mass was 296 tonnes for the whole combination.

According to Scania, drivability was excellent, repeated starts were not a problem (Scania allows grand total weights of up to 250 tonnes in heavy-haulage applications like this) and the trailers stayed on track.

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