Just started intermodal in Calgary Alberta the past few months. I’m running a 98 Freightliner day cab, 350hp, m11 celect plus, 11L, 10 speed. 463 Rockwell differentials 24.5 drive wheels. Holland FW35. Standard 4 bag suspension with 2 leaf front springs. This truck is slow but does a decent job. Runs all day every day. Classic Cummins. I wouldn’t change the engine but an 18 speed would be nice.
a popular setup is the Freightliner Columbia 2003-2008 ish. With the 14L Detroit 60. Lots of people are running that successfully.
“home daily” work. It’s company paid fuel and insurance. Pay is $6000-9000 a month. CAD. Which is the ok by me. It’s all cash. Getting up to $9000 requires working 7 days a week. Which you can do by avoiding scales.
I do all my own maintenance and repairs. I own the truck outright. Some guys are financing trucks to do it.
so far I like the industry. There’s a lot of work available. More than I can get done. I do like working with companies like CN & CP because they’re professional with safety standards. Alot of the time I’m pulling their chassis. Which are well maintained.
which is an improvement over the dry van business where customers are not necessarily as professional.
yeah there’s more money in over the road. But I’m making decent cash and if I need a tow home I’ll likely be able to afford it.