IN THE SECOND OF OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH A CHASSIS MANUFACTURER’S HEAVY-HAULAGE SPECIALIST BRIAN WEATHERLEY TALKS TO VOLVO’S DUNCAN SEAMAN AND HEARS WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO THINK BACK-TO-FRONT WHEN SPECCING AN STGO TRACTOR.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG ECCLESTON
We all like a take-away. Duncan Seaman, heavy haulage product specialist at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland gets his from truck operators. “Every day’s a school day for me. I learn a lot from the customers, because they know more than I do.” Not that Seaman is a slouch when it comes to broad engineering experience.
As a young British Rail Engineering apprentice at Crewe in the late ‘70s he spent time refurbishing 2,750hp Brush Sulzer Class 47 diesel locos. And while studying for his HND in Mechanical Engineering, he destruction-tested electrical switch gear for nuclear power plants while on industrial placement with GEC. “We were making sure that in all scenarios you could bring the reactor under control” he says reassuringly