Ken Thirl­well

Big Rigs - - TASSIE TRUCKIES -

“IT’S been an in­ter­est­ing and very wet day, pick­ing up a B-dou­ble load of sawn tim­ber from South­wood down the Huon, and now tak­ing that up to Neville Smith at Mow­bray, change trail­ers, knock off and get ready to do it all again to­mor­row,” Ken Thirl­well from Launceston said.

Af­ter spend­ing most of the day in the rain, he added it would be good to get changed and warm and dry again too.

He was driv­ing a 2013 Toll FH-16 with a 600Hp Volvo up front, and had dropped in to Mood Food for some hot tucker and a great cuppa as well.

“I’ve been with Toll now for five years, start­ing with four years ca­sual in Burnie, and hap­pily now be­ing full-time out of Launceston,” he said.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally been on the road since I was 22 so it’s pretty well been a life­time ca­reer, and one that I have thor­oughly en­joyed all along, es­pe­cially in a big warm com­fort­able truck like the Volvo on a day like this. No real re­grets, other than the oc­ca­sional grum­ble ev­ery now and then, but that’s life, isn’t it?”

He told us that time off is spent with mo­tor­bikes when pos­si­ble. He has a dual sport KTM that he rides on and off the road.

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