Old school trucks: Road Metals

By: Dean Middleton


Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals
Old school trucks: Road Metals Old school trucks: Road Metals

Check out some of the old trucks that have carried the Road Metals name over the years.

North Otago Road Metals was formed in 1955 and the Road Metals brand we know today has evolved from several company names over the years, including North Otago Road Metals, Southern Crushing Company Limited and Francis Construction.

One thing that has remained the same throughout the decades is the brown and white fleet colours, and the meticulous presentation of the trucks themselves, especially impressive considering the line of work the fleet is engaged in.

The company has a long and proud history working on some of the biggest projects ever seen in the South Island with the fleet delivering millions of tonnes of sand and aggregate to the likes of the Twizel Power project and the Clyde Dam during their construction.

As well as the screening and supply of various aggregates, Road Metals expanded into ready mix concrete in 1998 under the Kiwi Concrete banner and, along with the rest of the fleet, has operations based in Oamaru and Christhurch.

In the early days, numerous truck brands were utilised with S-model Bedfords, Thames Traders and Commers being commonplace in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Other brands such as Leylands and ERFs were later utilised before Mack trucks were introduced to the fleet.

In fact, North Otago Road Metals commissioned three of the first four Mack trucks ever to arrive in New Zealand. These were followed by G88 Volvos and such has been the success of these two brands that they remain the two dominant brands used for the larger heavy trucks in the fleet to this day.

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