Coronado hints at Cromack’s beginnings

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk

A name scroll-written onto the bonnet of a Cromack Transport Freightliner Coronado 114 offers a clue of the company’s early days

Coronado hints at Cromack’s beginnings
Cromack Transport's Freightliner Coronado 114


Although it’s in the regular Cromack Transport colour scheme, there’s small one slight variance in the Grafton-based company’s Freightliner Coronado. Check out the bonnet, and there you’ll find the word ‘Dolly’.

The Coronado’s driver, Brenton Cromack, is part of the third generation to work in the family business. Brenton says the significance of ‘Dolly’ is that it was the name of the first horse owned by his grandfather, Fred Cromack.

Brenton’s father Graeme Cromack recalls that back in those days, one horsepower was as good as it got for his father Fred when he started working back in 1944.

Graeme has the original buggy at home. It’s fully restored. Unfortunately Dolly didn’t fare as well, but she is still remembered fondly.

Fred, together with his cousin, Kevin Tranter, started Cromack and Tranter in September 1951.

"Kevin retired and sold his half of the business in 1977," Graeme explains. "Dad took it on and then in 2006, the operation became Cromack Transport."

Brenton’s Coronado is the fourth Freightliner to join the company. The delivery of the new Coronado coincided with Brenton’s wedding and was used to transport his wife, Kellie, to the wedding.

Workwise, Brenton says the 114 appealed to Cromack as it was ideal for pulling 48ft (14.6m) trailers It has a Detroit DD15 under the bonnet, is rated at 550hp (405kW), has an 18-speed manual box and Freightliner air bag suspension.

The Freightliner was painted by Forbes Smash Repairs while Gary Burns from Woolgoolga Signs sign writes all the new trucks coming into the Cromack fleet.

See the full story on Brenton Cromack and the Freightliner Coronado in the October 2014 edition of Owner//Driver.

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