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Datsun started selling its little pickups in the US ten years earlier (1959), and pretty much established themselves here on the strength of its mini-trucks. OK; Toyota did have the larger Stout, and was selling those in the US, but in pretty modest numbers. It’s been a week and a half since this encounter, and somehow, he got ahead of me without me getting off a shot of him passing me (on the right, undoubtedly). Anyway, the Stout was replaced by this Hilux in 1969, and was sold through the 1972 MY, when it was replaced by that more common gen2 version. Looking at these pictures in sequence as I shot them make little sense today, since we’re now headed back in the same direction we were coming from. Actually, folks who drive older vehicles get a kick out of my stalking and paparazzi maneuvers; we all want a little attention, right? There are not a lot of postwar cars that, despite spending my first 32 years in Pennsylvania, I can say that I have -never- seen in the flesh.
Those are very rare now early Hiluxs are mid to late 70s now the really old models got worked into the ground or rusted away. These were always very, very rare around here while the Datsuns, Luvs and Couriers were everywhere. I think the early versions of the second generation also carried the HiLux badge at least initially.
The rest of the truck was made of recycled Folgers coffee cans, pizza pans, baking sheets, two cookie sheets, foil, pop-rivets, Bondo, duct tape and wire.
My mother would not ride in it because she knew that it was a tin truck with a nice paint job. It had so rusted through that when I first lifted the rubber matting in the cab, I discovered a curious street view under the bench seat and behind each wheel well. The front bumper came with the vehicle, and mine was still fine, but as typical of the era’s taxes back then, back bumpers were dealer installed to avoid a tariff.
I am unsure if they were available to the public then and, if so, they likely cost as much as I earned in 5 years of hard physical labor. It was remarkable the battle Toyota had and won, to become mainstream and America’s biggest (at times) car vendor.
We all know and have seen the many creations of the BMW’s M division, they’re known for some of the world’s finest high performance cars. As you will be aware, it looks exactly like the 2007 BMW Concept CS (pictures below), which was first showed off at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show. According to M division head honcho Ludwig Willisch, the car will not be an “M” car per se, but the design is such a departure from typical BMW designs that, for the first time in the division’s history, they’ve been tasked to build their first non-M-badged vehicle. Through our cities, towns, and rural communities across Canada, 1960's-era  DOT-111A rail cars -which were deemed to have serious safety issues over 20 years ago- continue rumble by. Ottawa and the rail industry do not publicly disclose information on when, where, and how much hazardous material is moving through our neighbourhoods.
In the coming weeks make sure to check back as I will be writing more in-depth articles on the history of the incredible increase of crude by rail, why it is so difficult to find useful information on rail safety, the false choice of the pipeline vs.
But for now, lets examine what to look for to spot these tank cars and how to determine if they are carrying hazardous waste. Further, google maps or earth is an easy tool to use to find rail lines, and in some cases you can even spot what are likely DOT-111 cars. Second, what should you bring.  Make sure to prepare for the elements, if it is cold to dress warm and if it is hot remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Third, in order to find out what is in the rail cars, you need to know how to be able to read the information posted on them.
There are numerous models of DOT-111 tank cars on the rails in our communities, but the majority of what will find is the DOT-111A variety.  Some of the new models (approximately 14,000 since 2011 out of 272,000 in operation in North America) have what's known as a half-height or full-height shield, covering the bottom half of each end, and a few other safety modifications.
A Four-digit United Nations (UN) number will tell you more specifically what that train is carrying.
There will also be an information indicator is the symbol in the upper corner of the diamond with variety of symbols are used to indicate combustion, radiation, oxidizers, compressed gas, destruction of materials and skin by corrosives, an explosion, or skull and cross bones to indicate poisons. So, what can you do to change this situation?  The most important step -outlined above- is to gather the information that we should all have the right to know in the first place.  Once you have the evidence of what is being transported through your community you can really start to organize and prove that you are not just being 'alarmist' as the rail industry would imply. On the political level there are also a lot of options to demand change, how successful you are depends on how much support you can gain in your community. What you find, and how you document it, will likely determine how you can lobby to change your situation.
As in the Eugene example, in addition to crude by rail you might find a dangerous mixture of other hazardous chemicals moving through your communities.
Many people may remember the 'Mississauga Miracle' over 30 years ago when a CP freight train derailed and leaking chlorine car lead to 218,000 residents being evacuated for five days (the largest peace time evacuation until hurricane katrina).  Well unbelievable, large quantities of chlorine continue to be shipped through Canadian communities at a time when Harper government cutbacks mean Transport Canada only has 35 inspectors in its Transportation of Dangerous Goods division to cover all transportation modes.
For example, there are 90 ton rail cars (which in a worst case scenario is enough chlorine to possibly kill 100,000 people) carrying 82 metric tonnes of pressurized liquid chlorine 15 kilometers from downtown Vancouver at the Canexus facility. If you live in Saskatoon, there is a ERCO facility which produced sodium chlorate, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and chlorine, shipping these chemicals by rail.
If you live in the Sarnia area's 'Chemical Valley' where 40% of Canada's chemical industry is located, where to start.
Another example is that the unit train which exploded in Lac Megantic passed through Toronto and numerous communities days earlier.

The Council of Canadians supports the call for an immediate moratorium on the use of DOT-111A cars.
Like what you’re reading?The Council of Canadians provides independent political commentary thanks to the support of people like you. The much-awaited utilitarian vehicle known as the Toyota Hilux is finally here, allowing us to see what changes come along with the 8th generation of the pickup. Although not considered a bad luck bringing number by superstitious people, the number eight Hilux generation kept officials and public on their toes. If you pay attention to what the interior has to offer, you'll notice that the pickup aura is toned down a bit.
Sure, the cabin offers leather upholstery and a touchscreen display but the Hilux is not about fancy seats and gizmos.
As far as the diesels are concerned, the 2.4-liter delivers 161 HP and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) while its bigger peer is suitable for 180 HP and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).
Depending on what engine they choose, potential buyers will either have a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto gearbox to manage the resources. In Europe, the Hilux has received though competition from the likes of Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, and this is where Toyota has to work harder to improve.
THIS cool ice sculpture made passers-by look twice after it mysteriously appeared in a car park.
But the gen1, with its distinctive stand-up front turn signals, has eluded me all these years.
But let’s not forget, that Toyota was playing ketchup when this pickup was introduced in the US in 1969. And Datsuns were by far the number one selling compact pickups for quite a while, well into the seventies, as far as I know. It must have become clear to Toyota that the market was for the smaller trucks, like Datsun was peddling successfully.
Now that I think of it, I think I was turning left, and had to do some crazy maneuver to catch up with him, because I was determined to get some useful shots. The biggest first automotive impression I had in 1972 upon entering the smoggy bowels of the LA Basin, on I-15, coming down the Cajon Pass into San Bernardino, was the large number of little Japanese trucks on the freeway. The R-series motors would run 200-300k miles without serious issues, something that was not so commonplace back then. No; I remember now, he was coming out from one of the many wood product mills at quitting time, and this was his way of getting over the train tracks. There were still several Stouts still in use in the Huon valley of Tasmania 10 years ago when I lived there another haven for old cars. It had no air conditioner and a vinyl bench seat, and since I had to wear a suit at work, during the summer, I drove shirtless until I parked it in Des Plaines.
I owned a 1978 Toyota Hi-lux and poking around the old turnlamp-on-the-fenders model thought the old one was stouter due to thicker metal here and there.
Though specs not yet available, the new 8 Series’ main rivalries will be the Mercedes Benz CLS3 AMG, the yet-to-be-released Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide. Enter your email address below (no spam, we promise!):We never disclose our readers' information without prior consent. These train cars which were originally used to haul nonhazardous materials such as corn syrup, now increasingly carry explosive bakkan oil, tar sands dilbit, ethenol, and a plethora of other hazardous chemicals under a toxic cloud of secrecy.
Look for ground level crossings where cars can pass, pedestrian bridges over rail lines, or public parking lots along the rail corridor as they are all good vantage points.  Despite the rail industry's spurious claims of security concerns and safety, fences lining rail lines are porous and you will no doubt easily find many cuts in fences and broken gates.
I have also found a lawn chair or blanket, some food, binoculars, and a notebook are helpful.
Around 171,000 DOT-111s transport hazardous material and 94,000 transport flammable liquids such as bakken crude oil.
The number for crude oil, which might include toxic tar sands dilbit or fracked oil from the Bakken oil field is 1267 and there will be small red diamond placards signs posted on the end and side of the DOT-111 car.
Make sure your information is somewhere accessible: facebook, websites, twitter, and youtube are all great tools to share information. Substances such as ammonia, chlorine, crude oil and jet fuel are among those that the railway carries daily in Canada. While we need chlorine for clean drinking water, shipping large quantities through our communities, as is the case in North Vancouver and in other dense residential areas, is unacceptable.
The Chlorine Institute in Pamphlet 74 shows how chlorine gas from a ruptured 90-ton railcar would travel downwind as far as 64 km in a few minutes, with low-lying gas concentrating in lethal amounts closest to the leak.
North of Edmonton, Canexus' new Bruderheim Terminal's is moving caustic soda and hydrochloric acid (for fracking), as well as third-party hydrocarbons (bitumen & diluent), in and out of Alberta by rail on CP and CN lines. For example, NOVA Chemicals' Corunna site is a refinery and petrochemical complex that supplies between 30% and 40% of Canada's total requirements for primary petrochemicals. As outlined earlier, the impacts in a city like Toronto would be horrific and particularly devastating if it occurred near the GE Hatachi plant. Remember you have the right to make informed decisions.  You have the right to say yes or no regarding your community.
Yes, we're talking about the numerous teasers and leaks, as well as the recent car trailer crash that damaged a couple of brand new 2016 Toyota Hiluxes. Toyota says this decision was made for comfort reasons, and standards are now SUV-like, but the ruggedness is still there, as far as we can tell.

The Australian market was a prolific environment for the pickup, which was the country's top-selling workhorse for more than three decades. Most are from UK cars or vans and have been collected over many years from car shows, hot rod shows, scrap yards and sometimes my own old car badges. Although in retrospect, the Stout rather made more sense for the US, and was a foreshadowing of the larger compact trucks to come. This guy was looking at me and probably wondering WTF is that dude in the XBox doing following me and passing me and taking pictures all the while? These Toyotas were a bit late to the party, but certainly looked more modern than the Datsuns. I literally had to depend upon the back seat to compress enough for me to not lock up my knees.
I don’t know where he is anymore, but I am confident the truck is still around somewhere. So I pulled over to tank up and take a leak, and when I reached over to unlock the door, the black mushroom tip came up by itself. Depending on your community, approximately 10% of all products moved on Canadian Class 1 rail lines are dangerous goods.
As well, in a race to the bottom to cut costs for share holders, reporters have found security personnel virtually none existent in many cases. Sometimes you can wait hours to see a DOT-111 pass, and other times mere minutes.  As rail schedules are not public record it is a guessing game.
There is also an app free to download that uses information from the ERG to detect cargo quickly that can be found here. Red indicates flammable, green indicates nonflammable, yellow indicates oxidizer, blue indicates dangerous when wet, white indicates inhalation hazard and poison, black and white indicates corrosive (acid and caustic), red and white indicates flammable solid or spontaneously combustible, depending on the color pattern on the placard, white and yellow indicates radiation or radioactive, orange indicates explosives, white with black stripes indicates miscellaneous hazardous materials, and there is another red and white placard that says “dangerous” on it. Chances are you will also see other placard numbers and hazardous materials which you can reference in the Emergency Response Guidebook. Looking at where the rail line crosses in your community will inform much of what you can do at the grassroots level.  As outlined in this previous post, would the blast area of a possible derailment affect schools, hospitals, homes, or facilities that use dangerous chemicals?  Have fun, meet your neighbours, reach out to allied groups and -depending on your situation- organize a group to leaflet areas that would be effected, hand out information outside of schools, or poster your neighbourhood.
Rail Companies operate under “common carrier obligation,” an obligation under Canadian law which says all commodities are equal.
The refinery is capable of producing in excess of 6.5 billion pounds of basic petrochemicals. This plant manufactures nuclear fuel pellets for Canada's nuclear power plants from uranium dioxide (UO2) powder which are then shipped to Peterborough to be bundled for nuclear plants.
In the LA area, these were everywhere, the cool thing for young kids to drive, if not a slightly customized VW Beetle.
It seemed that the vibrations of the truck over the preceding hours unscrewed the locking rod from the plastic tip which never fell off from the door.
You should remember before you make any decision in this regard that if you enter onto the rail companies property you are illegally trespassing and your safety could be at risk. If you do have some time on your hands while you wait, it is a good idea to review the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).  Most importantly you want to document the dozens of different hazardous materials you might find, so remember to bring a camera or a video camera.
Petroleum crude oil is considered a dangerous good and is categorized into one of three groups ranging from Class 1, which is the most flammable and volatile, to Class 3, which is the least.
The challenge is so many people are just unaware of the travelling bombs that careen through their backyards, no sane person would accept the risk we currently face. The Corunna site processes crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids (NGLs) that are delivered to the site by pipeline from western Canada. The Toronto plant receives 1800 tons of uranium power each year, maintains a substantial onsite chemical inventory, contaminated water storage drums, and discharges 1,368,270L of treated water effluent a year. Customers also get a chance to choose between 4x2 and 4x4, three cabin styles (single, extra and double) and three equipment grades (WorkMate, SR and SR5). The TSB determined over the course of its investigation that the bakkan crude being transported in the Lac-Megantic disaster was mislabeled as a Class 3 product, when in fact it was a Class 2 product.
These products are the feedstocks used to manufacture ethylene, propylene, butadiene, iso-butylene, n-butylene, benzene, toluene and xylene. While the plant maintains a good safety record in regards to the dangerous materials stored on site, being situated next to train tracks carrying traveling bombs poses a risk any sane person would determine is unacceptable; not only for the community but our watershed, rivers and environment. I had to move all the stuff I packed in the cab to dig myself out so I could get out of the passenger door. Another NOVA plant sits across from the Aamjiwnaang reserve where health issues, including miscarriages, chronic headaches, asthma , and 40% of band members surveyed required an inhaler as a result of the chemistry (60 industrial facilities found within a 25-kilometre radius of Aamjiwnaang). While the health effects of breathing in the chemical particulate in the air are staggering, what would happen with a spill on CN line through their land carries petrochemical daily. The truck did this twice before, and the next time I rolled the window down with my key and unlocked it from the outside. Sarnia is home to the second largest train yard in Ontario with hundreds of trains serving the Chemical Valley, situated on the south end of town.  Hazardous chemicals are also moved by rail on a CN rail spur and a line on the harbour waterfront which in the last decade there have been two incidents of “runaway trains” along that stretch of track.
Finally, I just put a little drop of glue into the plastic cap to seal it from happening again.

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