Ascroft Transport trucks play part in Coldest Journey 17 December 2012

Long-time Scania operator Ascroft Transport recently played a key role in helping renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes get his latest adventure underway.

The Preston-based operator, which describes itself as a specialist in the movement of abnormal loads, diverted two R 560 V8 six-wheel heavy haulage tractor units have been engaged in delivering a variety of equipment from the expedition's UK logistics base in Cannock to London's West India Dock.

This equipment included two purpose-designed cabooses which will provide living accommodation and scientific laboratories for the expedition, plus two specially-adapted Caterpillar D6N track-type tractor units which will haul them.

"The delivery was the culmination of a project that has involved us for the past 18 months," says Ascroft Transport's managing director, Phil Ascroft.

"During that time we have provided the team with transport in the UK and were also responsible for taking the D6Ns to Sweden and back for cold weather trials."

'The Coldest Journey' expedition will see Sir Ranulph lead a team of six in an attempt to become the first ever to cross the Antarctic in winter.

John Challen

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