1:50 scale DAF XF 530 Super Space MY2017 (6x2) tractor unit with 3 axle, skirted, curtain trailer, customised in the livery of Aberdeen-based operator William Walker Transport.
The model has been produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Collectibles as a certificated, Limited Edition (155 pieces).
Founded in 1949, William Walker Transport is one of the oldest established transport companies in Aberdeen and has its origins in the logging industry. The Company actually ceased its operations in the logging industry quite some years ago and made the strategic decision to refocus on general haulage - primarily serving the seafreight, container and airfreight sectors, as well as supporting Aberdeen’s oil and gas industries. On his retirement from the Company, William Walker’s sons, Jim & Bill, (both having been involved in the business from an early age), subsequently took over and ran the business from around the early 1970’s all the way through to the new millennium - and beyond. However, by 2018, brothers Jim & Bill were both ready to retire and so the running of the Company was passed to Jim’s son, Grant Walker (already involved with the family business for around 25 years) and thus into the third generation of the Walker family.
For the last three years, Grant, together with his wife (and Company Secretary), Julie, have accelerated investment levels in the business and overseen an ongoing fleet replacement programme. The truck & trailer livery was revamped and modernised and the latest additions to the fleet were given a new livery. The new image is simple, clean and reminiscent in style to an iconic logistics brand and serves nicely as something of a hallmark to the change in ownership.
Today’s fleet comprises around 16 trucks - a mix of DAF, Volvo, Mercedes & MAN (the DAF XF being one of the more recent additions) and a combination of curtainside and flatbed trailers. Operating throughout the UK and also able to offer European services, William Walker Transport trucks will be a familiar sight to many truck spotters and model collectors alike.
Models, available from Search Impex are priced at £155 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.