International prime mover with McGrath trailer, a widely used configuration used on the Alice Springs to Larrimah transport convoys. North South Fords, hundreds of which were produced and named for their use on the North-South Road and also fitted with McGrath trailers can be seen in the background. These semi-trailers had a capacity of 7 ton compared to 3 ton capacity of rigid trucks in use at the time. 1942. (NT Library).
The 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion, United States Army, has featured in an article in the Katherine Times newspaper this week to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Katherine this Friday, the 22 March. The image shows U.S. Army personnel filling a water tank in the Katherine River, 1943. (AWM).
At the very beginning they had to grab any available vehicle in Darwin
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No. All the freight went by rail to Alice Springs then was loaded on trucks to be taken 1200km to Birdum south of Darwin to be loaded on the short distance railway into town or some of the trucks went all the way.
Once in Darwin they had to get the trucks back to Alice Springs for the next load hence the piggy back system with two trucks and two drivers to speed things up and save fuel.
Most of the Fords had their front guards and bodywork removed and looked like wrecks when they were new.
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