Issue #19 – Big Rig Timeline

A History of Trucks:

1898

1898#1

 

 

First semi-truck built by Alexander Wasson

1899

1898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sold his first manufactured vehicle

Winton Motor Carriage started production

1900-1918

1899

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Founded in Brooklyn, NY

Incorporated the Fruehauf Trailer Company

Designed so that it would be easy for a single operator to hook the trailer to the car

 

1920

1940's trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

A car salesman required to deliver the cars that he sold, he was reliant on car haulers

1929 – 1944

1920

 

 

 

 

Mack produced 2,601 semi or full trailers

In 1930, attempted to ship the new cars directly to the buyers and realized that the shipment costs were prohibitive for the car manufacturers

In 1939, Peterbilt trucks were used extensively to haul logs from the forests to the lumber mills

1950

1930

 

 

 

The first cab-over was introduced and the trucking industry really began to take off

1973

1970's trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

Freightliner imported the Powerline model

1984

1950

 

 

 

 

 

 

The typical long nose trucks are back in style

1992

1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freightliner introduces sleeper in the cab

 

1998

1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cab-over returns to meet length restrictions

2005

2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peterbilt Model 385 is introduced

 

History of trailers:

1914

1914 trailer

 

 

 

 

Utility distinguished itself as one of America’s

two original manufacturers of truck trailers.

1920’s

1920's trailer

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roaring ’20’s are ushered in while a Federal Highway Act

coordinates state highways and standardizes U.S. road-building

practices for the trucking industry.

1930’s

1930's truck & trailer

 

 

 

 

 

America’s highway system continues to expand

dramatically with the opening of Route 66.

1940’s

1940's trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

A new Federal Highway Act establishes an arterial road network of 40,000 miles to reach 42 state capitols and serve 182 cities

1950’s

1950's truck & trailer

Saw the rise of the automobile in conjunction with one of America’s major population shifts from the city to the suburb

1970’s

1960's truck & trailer

 

 

 

 

 

The influx of smaller, more efficient vehicles and large passenger vehicles and trucks may see a resurgence only with development of new technology to more efficiently power them

1980’s

1980's trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

Created uniformity among state laws that opened up the country to double-trailers and coast-to-coast carriers

1999

1999 trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Mueller described an upsurge of personal truck sales that had occurred over the previous several years

2008

2008 trailer & truck

 

 

 

 

 

The deep cuts at GM seem to be closing a chapter in the domestic auto industry.

2010

2010 truck & trailer

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM has recently announced it will discontinue the popular Hummer model and will discontinue all production at four North American truck and SUV assembly plants

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