Top power  for plantGlasgow-based plant hirer and rail engineering specialist AB2000 have marked its 20th anniversary with the arrival of two flagship Volvo FH16-750 tractor units.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, Blantyre, the pair feature I-Shift gearboxes, Globetrotter cabs and 6×4 chassis with hub-reduction axles. Operating to STGO CAT 3 specifications, the trucks were ordered with a five-year Volvo repair and maintenance contract. Vertical exhaust stacks and Dura-Bright wheels were also specified. Founded by Adam Bruce in 1995, AB2000 currently operates a fleet of 10 HGVs, eight sweeper trucks, 14 mobile cranes and 240 pieces of plant equipment.

“Volvo trucks have always performed well in our fleet, but a previous FH16-580 tractor unit used on heavy haulage operations was an exceptional vehicle,” said transport manager, Cameron Barr. “It paved the way for the arrival of these two FH16-750 flagships.”

AB2000 maintains all its equipment in-house and the two new FH16-750s will haul a mixture of low-loader and crane ballast transporting trailers.

AB2000 said Scotland’s unpredictable winter weather often requires it to deliver fast responses to railway line incidents, such as landslips and the after-effects of high winds or deep flood water.

“Our client’s area of rail track responsibility stretches as far as Wick in northern Scotland, and we can be required to transport heavy equipment to the Highlands at relatively short notice,” Barr added. “That is part of the reason we chose the FH16-750, which is the most powerful truck available and these new arrivals deliver the reliability and performance levels crucial to our contracts.”