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Long Haul Pioneers, The (Hardback) - Ashley Coghill

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The Long Haul Pioneers

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Coming Soon - Publishing October 2019

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It all started in 1964 when two friends gave up promising medical careers to embark upon a journey which few hardened truckers would have considered. In so doing, they were solely responsible for creating the first long haul overland route, across Europe and deep into the Middle East to Kabul. The men had started the 'Middle East Run' which was to become a phenomenon in the road haulage industry, an image which it still holds today.

This book is about the company founded by one of those men, from its fledgling days as Asian Transport to the thriving Astran Cargo Services Ltd that it is today. Ashley Coghill documents the complete history of the company to date, with the focus predominantly on the early days when the men were fighting for something and revelling in the adventure. These early long haul drivers would think nothing of a 10,000 mile round trip to Iran or the Arabian Gulf and being stranded at 6,000 feet on a mountain pass with temperatures below -40 was all in a day's work.

Ashley Coghill has an immense enthusiasm for his subject and has given his research total dedication. He has also tracked down past and present employees to gather first-hand information which he has illustrated with over 300 carefully selected images.

  • A detailed, comprehensive and fascinating account of Astran Cargo Services Ltd. 
  • Includes chapters devoted to other areas of special interest e.g. Astran’s Doha depot; the delights of driving in Turkey; accidents and incidents; and the making of the television documentary Destination Doha.
  • The author carried out extensive research before writing the book, tracking down past and present employees to gather first-hand information.

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ISBN 9781912158454
Author Ashley Coghill
Book Type Paperback book, 320 pages
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