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'Ice Explorers' Approaching the Athabasca Glacier -- Jasper National Park Alberta September 2019 | by Ron Cogswell
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'Ice Explorers' Approaching the Athabasca Glacier -- Jasper National Park Alberta September 2019

Per the 'Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection' website:

 

"The Ice Explorers provides all-terrain mobility to transport up to 56 passengers. Their six soft ('low-pressure') tires are massive. These buses can be used to take people both on road and off-road. With the six-wheel drive using a transmission lock-up, the buses can ascend and descend +30 degree grades. They alos have extra large side and top windows that provide greater all-around visibility.

 

Dimensions:

Height: 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in) 3.86 m

Length: 13.0 m (42 ft 8 in)

Width: 3.61 m (11 ft 10 in)

Weight: 25,000 kg (55,000 lbs)

Tare: 19,500 kg (43,000 lbs)

G.V.W.: 25,000 kg (55,000 lbs)

 

Powertrain:

Engine --

Three 1980s vehicles: DDA 6V92TA (DDEC), 253 HP

All other vehicles, except refurbished units: Detroit Diesel 60 series (DDEC), 250 HP

2012 to 2017 refurbished units: Mercedes-Benz 240 Series (Tier 3), 330 HP

2018-19 and future refurbished units: Mercedes-Benz 4R/6R 1000 series (Tier 4), 280 HP

 

Transmission --

Clark 34000 Series Powershift

Allison 3000/4000 series fully automatic with Transmission Retarder (Refurbished Units)

 

Suspension --

Front: Leaf spring

Rear: Walking beam

 

Axles --

Rockwell Drive Steer Planetary front; Rockwell Planetary rear

Refurbished units: Axletech MX Series Front Drive Steer and RS series single reduction for rear

 

Tires --:

Alliance Tires 66 x 43.00 x 25

 

Brakes --

Air over hydraulic front drums; air rear drums

Refurbished units: Air over hydraulic front disks; air rear drums"

 

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Taken on September 6, 2019