Brockway Motor Company

Brockway Motor Company was a builder of custom heavy-duty trucks in Cortland, New York, from 1912 to 1977. It was founded as Brockway Carriage Works in 1875 by William Brockway. His son George Brockway later turned the carriages into a truck manufacturer in 1909. The first trucks were high-wheelers. During World War I Brockway built 587 Class B Liberty trucks for the military. After the war they started a new range from 1-ton to 5-tons. They began with Continental engines but switched to Wisconsin in 1925. They bought the Indiana Truck Corporation in 1928 but were forced to sell it to White Motor Company in the early years of the depression. A new range, the V1200 was offered from 1934 to 1937. The V1200 used a 240 horsepower V12 American LaFrance engine and carried loads up to 15 tons.[1]

1914 Brockway model G with Continental engine
1929 Brockway Bus
1945 Brockway 78
G690 "Treadway" 6 ton 6×6

During World War II Brockway manufactured the B666 heavy truck, including the B666 Daybrook M-II-A bridge erector[2] and C666 Quick Way crane,[3] as well as G547 and G690 6-ton 6×6 bridging trucks, part of a standard design series also built by Corbitt and White. G547 "Treadway" trucks had a large hoist on the rear for self-unloading, while the G690 chassis were fitted with "Quickway" cranes, also used in bridging operations.[4]

The company was purchased by Mack Trucks Inc. in August 1956 and remained a division of Mack until its closing in June 1977. Mack cited "union troubles" for the closure.[5]

All 6-ton military trucks (of all manufacturers) had Hercules HXD 855 cu in (14.0 L) I6 gasoline engines, developing 202 hp (151 kW) at 2150 rpm and 642 lbf⋅ft (870 N⋅m) of torque at 900 rpm.[6]

Brockway commercial trucks primarily used Cummins engines, though many were powered by Detroit Diesels. Some Brockway trucks were equipped with inline six engines fitted with Rochester 2G (DualJet) carburetors.[7]

There is a Brockway Truck show in Cortland each year with many events occurring at the official Brockway Museum located in Homer, NY at the Central New York Living History Center.[8]

The hood ornament used by Brockway was a husky dog with pulling harness, thus giving Cortland the nickname of "Huskie Town USA".

A documentary about the trucks and the Brockway company is available from Wiffle Ball Productions in Cortland, New York.


  1. ^ Ronald G Adams, Big Rigs of the 1950s Motor Books International St Paul MN 2001 ISBN 0760309787
  2. ^ B666 Daybrook M-II-A bridge erector: length: 370 in., width: 100 in., height: 103 in., weight: 26500 lb, about 13 tons
  3. ^ C666 Quick-Way revolving crane: length: 408 in., width: 100 in., height: 136 in., weight: 35275 lb, about 18 tons
  4. ^ Doyle, David (2003). Standard catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles. Krause Publications. pp. 208–212. ISBN 0-87349-508-X.
  5. ^ Wren, James A.; Wren, Genevieve (1979). Motor Trucks of America. Ann Arbor MI: The University of Michigan Press. pp. 215, 313. ISBN 0-472-06313-8.
  6. ^ Doyle (2003), p. 212.
  7. ^ Street Rodder, 1/85, p.14.
  8. ^ "Central New York Living History Center". Archived from the original on 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2013-05-15.

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