|Logging transport has a special place in the world of trucking. Vehicles are large, powerful and have to withstand heavy work day in, day out. Operating in demanding terrain on steep and treacherous mountain roads, log drivers are a special breed who develop a close bond with the vehicles in which they spend their lives. Their skills are matched only by those of the timber handlers working with their outsize machinery.
Looking at Logging Part 1 is the first of a two-part programme in which Pete Connock and Martin Phippard offer a unique insight into logging operations around the world.
Viewers are first introduced to the history of timber extraction around the globe. This is followed by a trip to Finland where a 60-tonne Sisu demonstrator powered by a CAT diesel hauls timber along snow-covered forest tracks.
On Vancouver Island in Canada off-highway Kenworth 850s operated by Western Forest Products are later seen hard at work among the spectacular mountains of Gold River.
In the southern hemisphere Kenworth B-double combinations cope with the rugged terrain of Tasmania. In New Zealand's north island the unforgettable spectacle of Rod Dahm's double-trailer outfits and the unique Pacific 'Twin Power' have been caught on film . Finally, we take a look at the Dai Wood operation in Wales using the first Volvo FMX tractor unit sold in the UK. 90 mins.