Talkin' Trucks With Mike:A History of the TNT Companies

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Mike2633, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    Hi guys this is the TNT history thread.

    TNT had many companies the first one will talk about is Comet.
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  3. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    At one time Holland was the cream of the crop for freight jobs. Nearly everyone who worked there was proud of their job and company. You had to know someone to get a job there. They still are a good company, but it isn’t near the same caliber job it once was. I remember the Ford tractors with the lit up air shield over the cab. I-65 was lit up at night with a holland truck passing the other way every few minutes. Now they just blend in at night with the rest of the companies.
  4. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Lords Valley, PA
    No one has light up air shields anymore. Used to be a time when the LTL companies all had them, back when they were proud of what they did. Holland wasn't big in PA but Big R, Roadway sure was. Them and CF, Red Star and even PIE had a presence here.

    TNT had quite the worldwide presence, shame they have all been absorbed by other companies now. Here in the US the last of their companies is now under the FedEx banner.

    Here is a pic of a TNT Pilot pup set. Does anyone remember the old Pilot logo before the TNT acquisition? I think it was blue and white and looked like a ships wheel if I recall correctly.
  5. Bob Dobalina

    Bob Dobalina Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    The "Buckeye"
    Dayton Freight does. And is (proud). We look gooood going down the road at night, flying the DFL flag!
  6. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    OMG YES! In 1998 we went on a trip to Peak n Peak Ski Resort in, New York State and on the way there I remember seeing all the USF Red Star Trucks with lit up air shields and that would have been right when the TNT era had ended. The TNT era ended in 1996, but I remember all those USF Red Star Trucks on the New York Thru Way at night time. That was fun back then all those Ford Aeromax trucks that's all you saw.

    A lot of the big day cab fleets used the Ford Aeromax back in the day.
  7. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    NEMF has light up air shields too, but @Bob Dobalina is right Dayton really is the only major player with light up air shields can see there trucks at night no problem.
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  8. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    Rene Buron put together a classification list of the TNT Companies because it is very hard to keep them straight. He's way more qualified to talk about them, then I am, but this gives you an overview of what they had there hands in.

    Here the completed TNT NA Canadian operations puzzle.I voluntary excluded some marginal and/or very short lived operating units.For the US operations look at Falling Flags Since 1980-US section.

    ** Alltrans group of companies

    * TNT Alltrans Express : continental LTL carrier
    * TNT Alltrans Special Commodities : flatbed carrier
    * Comet Expedited : expedited freight
    * Kwikasair : expedited freight
    * CIX (Comet International Express) : intercontinental freight forwarding

    ** Overland group of companies

    * TNT Overland Express : regional LTL carrier
    * TNT Overland Western : LTL transborder freight carrier
    (a US base carrier)

    * TNT Truckload Services : continental road freight forwarding
    * JIT : automotive parts scheduled delivery carrier
    * TNT Olex : emergency freight
    * TNT Taxi Truck : emegency freight

    ** Trojan group of companies

    * Trojan Freight Lines : truckload
    (later TNT Uniline)

    * Trojan Special Commodities : flatbed carrier & steel hauling
    * TNT Tro Air : airfreight trucking
    * CCC (Complete Cartage Company) ; local cartage & distribution

    ** TNT Quebec Group

    * Champlain Sept-Iles Express : regional LTL carrier
    * Champlain Express : LTL transborder freight carrier
    * Nolin Transport : flatbed carrier & container drayage
    * Atlas Trucking : flatbed carrier & container drayage
    * TNT Heavy Haul : highly skilled heavy haul
    * Mirair : air freight trucking
    * Entrep�t Lapalme : warehousing & container de-stuffing

    ** TNT Roadfast : truckload

    ** TNT Railfast : domestic rail forwarding

    ** TNT Air Express : domestic air forwarding

    ** Texport : garment carrier

    ** TNT Wesbell Transport : telecommunication equipment installation & removal

    ** TNT Contract Carriers : dedicated contract carrier

    ** DSL (Dedicated Systems Ltd) : dedicated contract carrier

    ** DSI (Delivery Services Inc) : home delivery

    ** Transfreight : automotive parts carrier

    ** TNT Logistics : dedicated supply chain management

    ** TNT Skypak : international parcel & mail delivery

    ** TNT Intercontinental : global freight forwarding
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  9. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    Yes you are correct I'll see if I can find a picture. There are very few pictures of TNT Pilot.
    Mike_77 Thanks this.
  10. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Road Train Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    got a picture of a lit up air shield??????? I'm not visualizing it. (and this is my cheap tag for the thread. :) )
  11. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    This one time on the CB a driver asked a Roadway driver if he knew what that big R stood for on his truck.
    Roadway replied back saying that he didn’t know.
    The other guy hollered back “IT STANDS FOR ROADWAY”
    It was hilarious, hilarious

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