Truckie Profiles

Travelling the east coast

Tom Whitney drives a Western Star 4900 for Berrigan based Baxter Transport and was hauling organic grain from Pittsworth, Queensland to Yarrawonga, Victoria.

It was around 6pm that evening and Whitney, 56, was ready to leave the Ampol Warwick but didn’t mind yarning to Big Rigs about his job.

He said the Western Star A-double, powered by a 550hp motor, with an 18 speed Road Ranger gearbox, was a good truck.

“I like stopping at the Ampol Warwick where truckies get a good feed,” he said.

He nominated the Newell Highway as challenging to travel on because of all the potholes.

“I think we need more rest areas with facilities for truck drivers,” he said.

His hobby outside work is pig hunting and he barracks for Manly in the NRL.

“I have supported Manly for 30 years,” he said.

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