Sunday, October 28, 2012

Just a Whole Lot of Trucks

Big Chill Distribution has its roots in a one truck company carrying pies between Auckland and Tauranga in the 1990s.
Today they are a nation wide chilled freight company operating rigs like this Volvo FM Globetrotter.
Brenics is a South Island company that now has depots in the North Island, including Palmerston North. It specialize in the cartage of fresh fruit and vegetables and other food items.
This Isuzu has its curtains in the livery of the Yummy Fruit Company.

N & M Jongeneel transport is another Palmerston North based company who haul chilled fresh products.
Here is its Mercedes with curtain side, chilled B-train

Turners & Growers is a distributor of fresh produce throughout NZ and the world.
An International in its colours pulls a chilled curtain-side with livery promoting Jazz apples.

A Strait Freight Kenworth pulls a pair of refrigerated vans in  an alternative B-train configuration. Whereas the usual B-train has its fifth wheel for the second trailer mounted out behind the first trailer, this set up has the fifth wheel mounted in underneath the first trailer. Rather than the pin of the second trailer being mounted under the body, it is mounted on a tongue extending ahead of the trailer. As can be seen in this photo, the tongue is painted bright yellow to lessen the chance of it being walked into when the trailer is parked alone.

A Yummy Fruit Company Freightliner Argosy with 4 axle refrigerated van.


Britton's House Movers, Mack Superliner.

Castlepoint Station's Commer takes a break in Masterton. The TS3 has just hauled this load of wool 60 odd kms over a road of many corners and steep hills, so the driver may have got out to rest his ears.

8V71 powered TM Bedford of Saintarium Health Foods unloads at Moore Wilson's warehouse in Masterton  with the winter sun low in the sky.

A very neat little Scania LB80 tow truck from 1972.
Lightweight tow trucks often don't clock up the kilometres very quickly, so I wonder if it is still on the road.

Scania T112M from the Eketahuna branch of the large Hargreaves fleet.

Volvo F10 with skinny day cab unloads from its refrigerated trailer at McLay's Meats in Upper Hutt.

Kenworth 8 wheeler of David Pope, Masterton.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

So You Like Trucks?

F12 Volvo pulling a trailer full of bread passes through an intersection in central Hamilton. The cars in the photo give some hint of when this was taken.
A PB Vauxhall and a Mk 1 Escort to name two.

An International T-Line with heavy Cat load heads south through Taupo.

I remember seeing this model of International  (Fleetstar 2700) being used as loggers in the Rotorua area when  I was about 12.
This one with lift axle ahead of the double drive was parked  in a Palmerston North truck dealers yard.

Nearby to the above was this Volvo, either waiting to be sold or maybe just to have a new body fitted.
Also in the same area was this tidy LAD cabbed Leyland Octopus.

Two Poms. Foden and Scammell at Freightways depot in Napier.

More from Max.
This Wealleans Kenworth  and trailer slips through a side road to connect with No. 1 Line.
There are only about 8 Wealleans trucks and trailers, but the frequency of their sightings  seems like there are  much more. They specialise in bulk haulage and have dispatch centres in Mount Maunganui and Matatmata

Higgins is an earthmoving, road making and asphalting company who now cover the North island and upper South Island. Here is one of their Hinos heading south from Palmerston North.

Another Hino, this time a concrete mixer from Firth.

And yet another Hino. A much lighter weight model on the 17.5 inch wheels carrying horses.

A bit blurry this one as it was taken on a dull day. A Fuso that looks like a real worker with its doublecab, chemical tanks, spray gear and roof mounted flashing light. Some of these late model little Fusos have automated manual transmissions, just like their big brothers.
Treescape perform all sorts of tree work, including stump grinding, pruning, hedge trimming and tree transplanting.

PBT Freightliner Columbia with 40ft container.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Draggin' Wagons

The poms call them wagon and drag, but we tend to just say truck and trailer. What ever you call them here are a few through Max's lens.
TNL Foden hauling for Hookers.

They were previously called Hawkes Bay Farmers Transport, but after swallowing up some trucking companies out of the Hawkes Bay are they are now just Farmers Transport. This Volvo is is in usual stock truck configuration.

Long Chill Transport have cosen a Volvo with the low FM cab for this combination.

Taupo based Tauhara Haulage use have one of the very popular 700 series Hinos for their contract with Tip Top Bread.

SBH (Shannon Bulk Naulage) carry mainly fertilizer in the Manawatu area in a predominantly Kenworth fleet.

Toll Goup NZ is a subsidiary of Toll Holdings Australia.
Their rigs, like this Freightliner, are seen all over NZ.

New Zealand wide general carriers, Phillips and O'Brien choose a plain green livery for their rigs. This Freightliner Argosy is typical of the Wellington based companies fleet.

Freightlines is part of a family owned group which also owns Strait Shipping, so a big part of their business is carrying freight between the North and South Islands in rigs like this 8 axles of Scania and trailer.

Booths is another family owned concern which began with one truck and trailer and now totals more than twenty.
This Freightliner Argosy heads south from one of its base in Palmerston North. They also have a base in Taupo.

The unmistakable, big square cab of a DAF XF fronts this rig of Lilburn Transport from the central North Island town of Ohakune.

The Kenworth Aerodyne with its curtained side decks suggests that SBH cart products other than bulk fertilizer.

An Isuzu and trailer with stock crates heads south on the short journey back to Glen Oroua in bright sunshine.

Stringfellows Civil Engineering Contractors are North Island based and specialise in earthmoving jobs like road construction and major earthworks. Their Mitsubishi in this snap has oversize wheels and tyres at the front to upgrade it to a higher weight rating to help prevent front axle over loading.


Please note my blog now contains a search and a list of my labels. I've been wanting to do this for some time, but had to wait till my daugther was home to show me how.
I hope this makes things easier. I have experimented myself and reckon the search works well.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

More from Max and Me.

Max's farming neighbour runs a couple of oldies. This day cab double drive Fiat is one of them. These were initially produced with an 8 speed Fiat transmission, but I think most of the NZ examples had 9 or 13 speed Roadrangers.

His other oldie is this TK Bedford. TKs served many New Zealanders very well, sometimes with extra axles added and heavily laden trailers attached they soldiered on with loads greater than their designers ever intended.

This Western Star is running a bit lighter than its capabilities. I don't recognise the livery.

This 8 wheeler Fuso is typical of the used Japanese trucks being imported into NZ.
Small wheels under the load area make them great for low loader use (as here) or for box bodies that require maximum capacity.

Here is a similar unit with a large box body, but this one has the small wheels all round.
Also a Fuso, but later model

Roache's from Foxton use this 10 axle Mitsubishi set up to transport (and load/unload) their huge pipes and other heavy concrete products
Now some more of my own older shots.Tauwhare Contractors, contracting to Franklin's,  had this unusual van body with self steering and tip. The idea was to use it as a normal box body in one direction and then load it with grain for the return journey. The grain was loaded through opening hatches in the roof and then discharged through a chute beneath the rear doors which would be left closed.
The driver, who posed his rig for the photo, told me the 1984 Mack R686RST had to have the chassis shortened to fit within maximum length regulations.

Before their well known Aerodynes (Little Brown Jug and Barney Boy), Combined Haulage had this flat top cabbed Kenworth K series.
Seen here on the Bombay Hills.

Scammell S26 with the front trailer of a B-train, shares its load with a smaller distribution truck.
Both in the smart Yoplait livery.

Britton's House Movers at one stage moved buildings about with this International Paystar.
I always think these look a smart for a "sleeves-rolled-up" working truck.

At Freightways yard in Napier, a Rodair Mack Cruiseliner is accompanied by Mack R series and International S-line in Freightways livery.

R.A. & J.M. Harvey's Mack Superliner streaks through Taupo with another load of logs.
Young lady in the passenger's seat has spotted my camera.