If trucking companies had theme songs, Greymouth-based Trans West Freighters would only need one line from an old David Bowie smash-hit.
You know, the one that goes: "Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes." Yeah, never mind what the rest of the song's about….that line is Trans West, to a T.
I mean, it is an exaggeration to say that for 60-odd years Trans West has been in a state of constant change. But…man alive, this is an operation that, over those six decades, has been rearranged, reshaped…even revived.
Some of the changes are lost in the mists of history – some of it gone with the fading memories of old men…some of it already taken to the graves of others.
And yet Trans West still lives – 62 years after it was first officially registered, with the late Barry Hurley and Peter Gurr listed in the NZ Companies Office as its directors.