THE C-train, a new age in livestock transport vehicles, was presented to the industry last week.
The road configuration is the brainchild of Mitchell’s Transport owner John Mitchell.
He said it combined the best features of a B-train and a pocket road train but offered greater safety and capacity.
Mr Mitchell said the increased focus on animal welfare, rising costs and the need to ensure worker safety created the C-train which is effectively a short B-triple.
Mitchell’s Transport annually moves 400,000 cattle and covers 2.5 million kilometres.
Mr Mitchell said the idea for the C-train was a response to a customer who supplied cattle to the Japanese market and who wanted a specific number of cattle moved to match with a container load.
“It is something I have been thinking about for three years,” Mr Mitchell said.
“The design we came up with was the same length as a pocket road train at 27.5 metres and had a total mass of 93.5 tonnes, which is a bit heavier than the pocket road train, but it increased carrying capacity over the B-double by 20 per cent.
“We came up with a design and then had to ensure it would be suitable to the job and, most importantly, safe on the road before building it.
“The welfare of the cattle goes hand in hand with the stability of the truck.”