POLLOCK SCANIA TRAILBLAZER
Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are pleased to announce the release of "Trailblazer" - a 1:50 scale Scania S 580 Highline (6x2) tractor unit, complete with 3 axle, curtain trailer, customised in the livery of well known Scottish operator Pollock (Scotrans).
The model has been produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles as a certificated Limited Edition (205 pieces).
Offering a comprehensive range of transport and warehousing services from their Head Office in Bathgate, Central Scotland and with operating centres throughout the UK, today’s modern operation stands in impressive contrast to the Company’s early days. Immaculately liveried in the famous turquoise, gold & red colourscheme, with individually named trucks and complete with tartan banding, Pollock (Scotrans) will already be known to many collectors throughout the UK and almost certainly beyond.
Established in 1935 by William George Dunn Pollock, (or George as he preferred to be known), as a local haulage concern in Corstorphine (to the west of Edinburgh), the business grew steadily until 1949 when road transport was nationalised. This resulted in the fleet becoming part of British Road Services and George Pollock was appointed Group Manager for East Lothian and the Borders.
Some five years on, in 1954, when partial de-nationalisation of the road transport industry occurred, George saw opportunities and a future in road haulage and so decided to buy some vehicles and licences and re-establish himself in business – this time in Musselburgh (to the east of Edinburgh). Keen for his newly acquired trucks to have a smart image and not wanting to neglect the original (pre-nationalisation) colourscheme, he decided to continue with the now familiar turquoise, gold and red livery.
As the fleet continued to grow and the business expanded, George’s two sons Ian (now Chairman) and George (Junior) joined the family business. In 1963, Ian came up with the idea of individually naming vehicles and incorporating a Scottish tartan in the livery – a tradition which continues to this day. During the 1960s and 70s many changes occurred in the industry but the Pollock family remained loyal to their trade. Two of Ian’s sons, having both served their apprenticeships, are now joint Managing Directors – Scott, joining in 1984 and Fraser in 1993. Now, well into the 21st Century Ian, Scott and Fraser still follow the guiding principles of the founder to promote the business through service and loyalty.
Models, available from Search Impex, are priced at £145 each (including UK delivery & VAT). For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at www.search-impex.co.uk or call on 01332 873555.