Old School trucks: Southern Transport part 2

By: Dean Middleton, Photography by: Dean Middleton


Southern Transport Part 2 An impressive line-up of loggers in the Winton yard back in 2007 Southern Transport Part 2
Southern Transport Part 2 Mack Quantums found favour in the logging fleet for a time in the early 2000s Mack Quantums found favour in the logging fleet for a time in the early 2000s Southern Transport Part 2 Mack Quantums found favour in the logging fleet for a time in the early 2000s
Southern Transport Part 2 A Mack Vision pictured on low loader duties A Mack Vision pictured on low loader duties Southern Transport Part 2 A Mack Vision pictured on low loader duties
Southern Transport Part 2 2 CH Macks remained a popular choice in the fleet in the early to mid-2000s; this CH was the lower 410hp single round headlight version Southern Transport Part 2 2
Southern Transport Part 2 A higher specd 470hp CH Mack was pictured at the Winton logging yard in 2007 A higher spec’d 470hp CH Mack was pictured at the Winton logging yard in 2007 Southern Transport Part 2 A higher specd 470hp CH Mack was pictured at the Winton logging yard in 2007
Southern Transport Part 2 An impressive high sided tipper looking resplendent with a full aerokit An impressive high-sided tipper looking resplendent with a full aerokit Southern Transport Part 2 An impressive high sided tipper looking resplendent with a full aerokit
Southern Transport Part 2 The last new CHs to join the fleet were 470hp versions with twin headlights The last new CHs to join the fleet were 470hp versions with twin headlights Southern Transport Part 2 The last new CHs to join the fleet were 470hp versions with twin headlights
Southern Transport Part 2 A classic line up of Macks pictured in the Invercargill yard back in 2011 A classic line-up of Macks pictured in the Invercargill yard back in 2011 Southern Transport Part 2 A classic line up of Macks pictured in the Invercargill yard back in 2011
Southern Transport Part 2 Japanese trucks have long had a presence in the Southern fleet as has their rubbish skip truck division A classic line-up of Macks pictured in the Invercargill yard back in 2011 Southern Transport Part 2 Japanese trucks have long had a presence in the Southern fleet as has their rubbish skip truck division
Southern Transport Part 2 3 A near-new Hino logger pictured in 2007. It had an auxiliary 1800-litre diesel tank in front of the headboard to refuel machinery at skid sites. Southern Transport Part 2 3
Southern Transport Part 2 This Hino tractor unit was pictured on tippulator duties This Hino tractor unit was pictured on tippulator duties Southern Transport Part 2 This Hino tractor unit was pictured on tippulator duties
Southern Transport Part 2 The Southroads connection was apparent with Macks and Sterlings in the fleet during the mid 2000s The Southroads connection was apparent with Macks and Sterlings in the fleet during the mid-2000s Southern Transport Part 2 The Southroads connection was apparent with Macks and Sterlings in the fleet during the mid 2000s
Southern Transport Part 2 The Japanese UD and Hino brands have also been popular with Southroads The Japanese UD and Hino brands have also been popular with Southroads Southern Transport Part 2 The Japanese UD and Hino brands have also been popular with Southroads
Southern Transport Part 2 A smart looking Southroads Sterling in 2007 when near new A smart-looking Southroads Sterling in 2007 when near-new Southern Transport Part 2 A smart looking Southroads Sterling in 2007 when near new
Southern Transport Part 2 4 Southland Excavating was acquired by HWR in 2006, was renamed Heavy Haul Limited and merged with Southern Transport in 2010 Southern Transport Part 2 4
Southern Transport Part 2 An International S Line not long after a refurb in 2007 An International S-Line not long after a refurb in 2007 Southern Transport Part 2 An International S Line not long after a refurb in 2007
Southern Transport Part 2 No surprise to see the Mack brand in the Heavy Haul fleet No surprise to see the Mack brand in the Heavy Haul fleet Southern Transport Part 2 No surprise to see the Mack brand in the Heavy Haul fleet
Southern Transport Part 2 The big Mack Superliner pictured at the Invercargill Truck Show and Parade in 2016 The big Mack Superliner, pictured at the Invercargill Truck Show and Parade in 2016 Southern Transport Part 2 The big Mack Superliner pictured at the Invercargill Truck Show and Parade in 2016
Southern Transport Part 2 The latest Heavy Haul addition was this mighty Mack Superliner with a white livery The latest Heavy Haul addition was this mighty Mack Superliner with a white livery Southern Transport Part 2 The latest Heavy Haul addition was this mighty Mack Superliner with a white livery

Last month, we looked at some of the Southern Transport fleet dating back to the late ’80s and into the ’90s, and this month, we head in to the 2000s

One thing that didn’t change is that that the fleet remained dominated by the Mack brand and, in particular, the CH model.

There were predominantly CH Value-Liners rated at 410hp and CH Fleet-Liners rated 470hp before the new Granite and Trident models began arriving 2009.

Mack Quantums made an appearance in the cabover range but ceased when the model was no longer available. Japanese trucks also remained popular in the fleet with Hinos and UDs making up the bulk of purchases. Another company that was bought by HWR (in 1996) was SouthRoads and the connection with Southern was and still is apparent with Macks, Sterlings, UDs, and Hinos dominating their fleet over the years.

HWR also purchased Southland Excavating in 2006. This company became an even closer connection as they were merged with Southern Transport in 2010 and were rebranded Heavy Haul Limited.

Up until recently, the red and white livery of Southland Excavating was maintained, however, the latest purchase, a Mack Superliner, hit the road with a white livery.

Next month, we look at the Southern Transport fleet up until the present day and while Mack remains strong, there have been other brands getting a tick on the order books. 

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