The vehicles of Casey and one of the men keeping them on the ice

What’s parked in the Casey car yard?

Here at Casey research station we have many different types of vehicles. Broadly, they fall into two categories, ones for moving around station and ones that are used to take off the station limits and out into the vast wilderness that is Antarctica. We all really like the ones that take us out and about, away from station, so here’s a bit of information about them.

Quad Bike: The smallest vehicle we have down here, but one of the most useful. These quads are used to support a range of projects and never let us down, they’re super simple and get the job done. Survival gear strapped to front frame and other essentials on the back and you’re ready to go. They get fitted with heated hand grips and plugs for our helmets so they can be powered up to stop ice forming on the visor. The only drawback to a quad is it’s a little cold at −20!

Hãgglunds: Not the prettiest vehicle in the world but just about the most capable. Combine the fact that all four tracks are driven through an ingenious drive line system with the fully articulating central hitch and you have the ultimate off road vehicle. These were originally made for the Swedish Army but now the Australian Antarctic Division gives them a full overhaul in Hobart before they head down here. Nice and warm in the cab as you explore the icy continent, what could be better? Antarctic Expeditioners love Häggs.

Tractors: If you’re going off station, and you have a load to haul then you’ll need a tractor, and like most things in Antarctica, they’re big!

Case Quad Tracks are the chosen tractors for the work around the ice runway and Wilkins and the Ski Landing Area. They have lots of traction and will haul quite big loads. Special ice spikes get screwed into the tracks to give grip on the blue ice Wilkins runway.

The Caterpillar Challenger is a traverse specialist. Used by multiple countries on the southern continent for inland traversing into areas unknown. The Challenger at Casey was used in the last year to set up an ice core drilling camp at Law Dome, it hauled the entire deep field camp to support a team of scientists 120km away from station at an altitude of 1400 meters.

Scott King, Station Mechanical Supervisor

Getting to know a Casey Expeditioner — Jason Cagnola

Name: Jason Cagnola

Nicknames: Cagsy, Caggy

From: Dimbulah, Queensland

Previous seasons? 2017/2018 Summer

Job title: Dieso

Describe your role in two sentences: Maintain things

What did you do before your joined the AAD? Farmer/Mining

What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey? Variety of work

If you were not a Dieso what would be your dream job? Jockey

How does this season at Casey compare to your previous seasons down south? Colder

What do you like to do in your spare time? Gym, Cook, Bar

What song sums up your Casey experience so far? Sum 41 — In Too Deep

What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey? Homer Simpson

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Wrist warmers

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why?

Book: Habsy: The autobiography of the man who gets better looking with age

Movie: Any Nature Documentaries

What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite? Whatever, as long as it’s not silence

Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.

Sight: moon

Smell: diesel

Sound: bar

Feeling: oily

Taste: oil

Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with?

“Jason, stop been so good at everything.” Everyone

Something thing people may not know about you:

Actually a florist by trade