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Orscheln Bros was a true classic operating between Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City with several terminals in western Illinois and Missouri.

The Orscheln lever to operate the emergency brake on hydraulic brake trucks with adjustment at the end of the lever was invented by them.

Here is one of Orscheln Bros' GMC Brigadier tractors. For years they operated with International Emeryville's with the large unit numbers on the front similar to this Internation COF4000 tractor. Orshelen Bros. tractors at a motel in Evansville, IN in 1976 after their purchase of Midland Truck Lines who operated St. Louis to Evansville, IN. Don Querciagrossa Collection.
Orscheln Bros. had a unique type style for years on their trailers and tractor doors as shown in this old trailer now being used for storage. Don Querciagrossa Collection. Orschelen Bros. Kenworth tractor. Don Querciagrossa Collection. Orschelen Bros. International tractor. This picture was copied from the International Trail magazine.
Orshelen Bros. International Emeryville. Don Querciagrossa Collection. Orscheln trailer alonside an old Fruehauf Z-van in Milwaukee in May 2005. Brian Desserau Collection.


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