Customised promotional model vehicle specialists, Search Impex, are delighted to be working once again with D R Macleod and are very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of a 1:50 scale new Renault T High (6x2) and refrigerated trailer, customised in the highly distinctive - and 40th anniversary livery of this very well-known Scottish haulier.
The model will be produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI as a certificated Limited Edition and it follows on from the previous sell out releases of the Volvo FH with fridge trailer and the new gen Scania with curtain trailer.
Based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, (almost 700 miles north of London), D R Macleod Ltd., provides a UK wide transport & distribution service. The Company has a high profile throughout the Highlands and islands. The business sparked into life in 1981 when founder – and present day Managing Director – Donald Macleod, (known to everyone as DR), purchased a Leyland Reiver truck in Glasgow and undertook his first job – a delivery to an agricultural supplies customer in Stornoway.
Steady expansion of the business through the 1980’s and early 1990’s saw the Company relocate from its original base in Stornoway to a base on the main pier in the town harbour where it operated for a number of years before moving to its current location in 1996. The site is conveniently located for access to the ferry terminal and comprises offices, a sizeable distribution warehouse and a large concrete surfaced yard for HGV’s. Incoming cargo is unloaded here and sorted for local deliveries. Goods for despatch to the mainland on the next available ferry are also sorted and loaded here.
In 2008 the Company completed the construction of a purpose built distribution facility in Lochmaddy, North Uist - again located close to the ferry terminal. This modern complex, with its large surfaced yard, acts as the hub for the Company’s operations in the Southern Isles.
In 2013, having outgrown its original Inverness base, the Company relocated to new and significantly larger premises across the road from the old depot in the Longman Industrial Estate. This new build distribution centre is centrally located in Inverness where loads for the Highlands & islands and further south are consolidated.
In Glasgow, the business currently operates from rented premises, although land has recently been purchased with a view to building a new distribution facility with excellent access to the M8 motorway.
D R Macleod has operated a variety of makes of truck over the years, including Volvo, Scania & DAF and on occasions, Leyland, Iveco, Foden, MAN & Mercedes. Today’s impressive fleet, now joined by the latest flagship Renault T High unit, now numbers some 55 trucks (majoring on a mix of Volvo, Scania & DAF) and 85 trailers – fridge, box van and curtain, through to flatbeds, tankers and step frame low loaders, not to mention a selection of about fifteen panel vans for smaller, more local deliveries. The variety of cargo carried is diverse and can range from multiple full loads to individual parcel consignments. These represent the full range of commodities requiring to be moved by road to the sizeable geographical region served.
Any collectors wishing to reserve a model should register their interest with Search Impex as soon as possible and provide their contact details. The models are expected to be priced around £155 (including UK delivery & VAT). We do NOT require any deposit payment. We will simply notify you as soon as the model is available and only at that time will we require payment in full.
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.