Handling the WA heat

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk


Brett Barndon has spent a decade driving road trains around Western Australia’s outback. “What more could you want?” he says.

Handling the WA heat
Brett Barndon hauls fuel all around Western Australia.

 

It’s been 10 years since Brett Barndon had his first job driving trucks. That was with Boom Logistics out of Port Hedland, driving a Kenworth T900.

Brett says he resisted the temptation to go into the mines; he wasn’t keen on driving around and around in circles.

"I don’t like being held in one spot," he says. "I’d much rather see the outback and get paid to do what we’ve got to do."

These days he drives a 2015 model Kenworth K200 for Geraldton Fuel, one of 24 trucks in the fleet.

As well as its head office, Geraldton Fuel has depots in Carnarvon, Port Hedland, Three Springs and Dalwallinu.

"It’s a good little trip up to Mt. Magnet, a short run," says Brett, referring to the 560km trip north from Perth.

No problem for Brett, who is happy working to Western Australia’s regulations.

"We base ourselves on 15 hour days," he explains. "On the ninth day you do a 14 hour day; you work the 10th day then have the next three off," he says.

Brett is happy driving for Geraldton Fuels, a family based business. He also enjoys behind the wheel of a K200, although he would prefer a bigger cab.

Brett’s K200 is the newest truck in the fleet. It’s also the only one with shiny aluminium tanks.

He reckons Geraldton Fuel has bought 11 Kenworths in the last two years. Three of those run with EGR engines, which he says has caused issues.

"The trucks are gold but the motors can’t handle the heat up in Hedland," Brett says. "They keep doing turbos and heads."

Read the full story on Brett Barndon in the June 2016 edition of Owner//Driver.

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