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Showing its Appreciation

  • From the February 2010 issue.
Showing its Appreciation

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bobbins Transport, Southern Cross Vans has produced a fully sign written commemorative refrigerated B-double which will be displayed for the first time at the 2010 International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show before being put to work between Melbourne and Sydney.

Bobbins Transport was started in August 1970 by Neville Bobbin and his wife Lyn Bobbin with one truck hauling logs out of New South Wales. By the late 1970s, its service expanded to include general freight and in 1983 the logging part of the business was sold. Today, Bobbins Transport carts refrigerated, general and bulk goods throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

From a one truck operation, Bobbins has continually expanded and now operates 19 prime movers with a combination of refrigerated single and B-double trailers, and flat tops, as well as seven rigids. Based in Pambula, located on the coast approximately half way between Melbourne and Sydney, Bobbins Refrigerated Transport now has three depots employing a total of 55 staff.

The new anniversary sign written 34 pallet Southern Cross Vans Freezer (-28°C) B-double will be paired up with a special edition Kenworth prime mover supplied by Gippsland Truck Centre Bairnsdale. “The new trailer’s have been built as a tribute to Neville and Lyn Bobbin and their 40 years of service to the transport industry,” says Southern Cross Vans’ Sales Manager, Alf De-Fazio. “The artwork was designed by Southern Cross Vans to highlight this milestone and came to life with the efforts of Fleetmark who did an outstanding job. We’d really like to congratulate Bobbin for their efforts over the past four decades and their continued loyal support especially over the last few years. We believe that this unit is sure to catch the attention of motorists as it travels along its route, which should help others to realise what a great contribution Bobbins Transport has made to the transport industry.”

The A trailer utilises a Carrier Vector 1850 refrigeration unit, while the B trailer is fitted with the new Carrier Vector 6500 which will also be released at the 2010 truck show. Both trailers are fitted with flush rear doors with concealed door hardware. While most flush doors on the market are only suitable for dry freight, Southern Cross Vans has modified the design to suit freezer applications. This is now available as an option on all Southern Cross Vans across its entire range.

Other features include BPW disc brake axles, BPW airbag suspension and 12V Transpec EBS braking system, Alcoa aluminium wheels fitted with Michelin tyres and Narva LED lighting.

These trailers will bring the number of units from Southern Cross Vans up to eight, and as Neville explains, it’s the service that keeps him going back. He says, “I have been really pleased with the personalised service provided by Southern Cross Vans. Whenever we have approached them with something that needs to be done, it is never an issue. As Southern Cross Vans is a local manufacturer, we know that we will always be looked after.”

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