Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Kiwi Trucks in the 80s

New Zealand Road Services which was a division of NZ Railways operated this V8 detroit powered Bedford TM from Masterton. It is seen here unloading concrete blocks for the construction of Firestone Tyres new premises in Masterton's Chapel St.

A Fuso of Refrigerated Freight Lines and a Mercedes Benz of Modern Freighters fuel up at Wairakei. Both of these refrigerated freight companies no longer exist.
The steam in the background is being vented from the pipelines which power the geothermal power station.

Modern Freighters were a big Mercedes customer (although a Nissan can be seen in the background). These two LK1924s are parked up in the companies yard at Levin on the West coast of NZs North Island.

An N10 Volvo with A-train beer tankers is parked at Dominion Breweries plant at Mangatainoka.

This Fiat 170 F35 in Shell livery is taking a break at the Rimutaka Hill Road summit. This winding road rises to 555 metres and is the main link between Wellington and Masterton.

Burrell Demolition's Atkinson with fibre-glass Australian cab is busy helping clear the car park area for Masterton's new Woolworths Supermarket being constructed in the background.

Freightways Napier yard was always full of interesting trucks on a weekend. In this photo are several R and F model Macks, three Australian Internationals, a Pacific, an Isuzu badged as a Bedford withe a Volvo each side, a Fiat, three Oshkosh, a TK Bedford and a couple of D series Fords.

A Nissan CKA 45 unloads carpet at the Carpet Mart in Masterton's Jackson Street.

TD Haulage mostly carries sawdust and wood shavings. Here, one of their Kenworth W924s thunders North on the Desert Road in the central North Island of NZ.

A Cronin's International SF2670 u-turns in a grain company yard in Masterton.

LK model Scanias (set forward front axle) were common in Australia, but a few found their way to NZ. Neal Machirus operated this LK111, seen here outside a truck show in Palmerston North. The hand written signage, on the side of the load, is reference to a rugby game score.

This model cab on an ERF was fairly common in NZ, although we did have the normal B series cab as well. This low loader pulled by a 1972 66CU250 was operated by Alan Brownell of Pahiatua. Pahiatua is a small rural town abou 45 minutes North of Masterton.


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