Old-school trucks: Ryal Bush (part 1)

By: Dean Middleton


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Check out some of the trucks in Ryal Bush's fleet over the years...

Ryal Bush is a district that sits between Invercargill and Winton, the heart of which is home to the iconic southland rural transport company Ryal Bush Transport that was founded in 1951.

My earliest recollection of Ryal Bush Transport goes back to the ’80s when as a kid, I first saw the B-Series ERF named Deer Hunter, which was to become one of the pioneers of long-distance deer transportation, travelling to all parts of New Zealand with the precious livestock. This truck gained an almost legendary status over the years and stayed in the fleet for some 28 years covering 3.4 million kilometres. In fact, it became such an iconic truck that it was restored, and in 2007, it was immortalised into the Bill Richardson Museum collection.

Ryal Bush Transport was a typical rural carrier, and in the earlier days, Bedford, Leyland, Commer, Scammell, Fuso, Mercedes-Benz, and Scania badges could all be found in the fleet, and these evolved into ERFs, Internationals, Nissan Diesels, and Mitsubishis among others by the time I managed to get them on the other side of my camera lens.

From the days of being one of the pioneers of Deer Cartage during the ’80s, Ryal Bush Transport grew with the dairy boom of the mid-90s and experienced further growth branching out and opening another branch in mid-Canterbury, giving the company the ability to cover the entire South Island with ease.

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