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Road Trains in the Outback

Only in Australia will you see this…


Road trains arrive at Helen Springs Cattle Station, north of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.

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 The cattle are loaded onto the road train for their journey to Longreach.

Interesting stats

  • There are 17 trucks with 3 trailers and 2 decks per trailer; that’s 102 decks of cattle.
  • Approximately 28 cattle per deck; A total of 2,856 head of cattle.
  • The cattle will weigh approximately 500kg each (1102.3 lbs.)
  • The sale price for cattle at Longreach is approx. 165c/kg (75c/lb.)
  • Each animal will therefore be sold at $825.
  • Total revenue from this analysis is $2,356,200


  • Each truck has 2 front and 8 rear tyres, first trailer has 12 tyres and is dollied to the truck.
  • 2nd & 3rd trailers have 8 tyres at the front and 12 at the rear, that’s 20 tyres each.
  • Each truck has 62 tyres, and we complain about the cost of replacing tyres on our car.
  • The total number of tyres in this road train is 1,054 – on the road.  A lot of tyres!!!

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Now that’s a Road Train !!!