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cargon (plural cargons)

  1. (New Zealand, transport) A type of wheeled pallet used for movement of goods without the need of a forklift.
    • 1952, “New Zealand Air Ferry”, in Air Pictorial and Air Reserve Gazette, volume 14, Air League of the British Empire, page 358:
      Each traverser carries two flat trays known as "cargons". These have wheels set into their undersides, and two cargons — each roughly 16 ft. long and holding some three tons of miscellaneous freight — together fill the hold of a Bristol Freighter.
    • 1954 April, “Belt on Wheels Loads Air Cargo”, in Popular Mechanics, volume 101, number 4, page 147:
      Freight shippers are being urged to use trucks without trays, so that the cargon itself provides a combined tray and load that can be replaced by one withdrawn from an incoming aircraft.
    • 1968, White's Aviation, volume 23-24:
      For all SAFE'S freight-carrying, the basic equipment is the cargon (for New Zealand Railways) and the cargonette (for NAC). Both are made of lightweight aluminium, the cargonette being one quarter the size of the cargon.
    • 1968, Ronald Trevor Alexander, High Adventure: From Balloons to Boeings in New Zealand, New Zealand National Airways Corporation, page 72:
      The load is made up in the freight depot and stowed and tied down on flooring with rollers underneath, known as cargons. The complete load on its linked set of cargons is then transported to the aerodrome by road.
    • 1984, Dairy Industries International, volume 49, United Trade Press, page 17:
      An unusual feature of the dairy is the use of 'cargons' — wheeled metal pallets that hold a stack of crates and enable them to be handled both in the dairy and at the depots without having to use fork lift trucks.
    • 2012, Keith McCloskey, Airwork: A History, The History Press:
      Engineers from New Zealand Government Railways then worked with SAFE to create the cargon system, a pallet and transfer system to speed up the loading and unloading process.