Prestons of Potto was established in 1936 as an agricultural contracting business by Richard Preston Snr. Richard Preston used steam engines for Threshing and Wood Sawing duties in the North Yorkshire area.
Although an agricultural man at heart, his ambition was always to own a Showmans Road Locomotive – a steam engine used to transport and generate electricity. In 1956 this ambition was realised when Richard Preston Snr. purchased Lightning II, a 7HP Burrell engine.
In 1957 Richard Preston was approached by a brick manufacturer who was struggling to find transport owing to the diesel shortage during the Suez Crisis. A deal was struck and traction engine Lightning II hauled 20 tonnes of bricks between Darlington and Ampleforth every day for 3 months. When diesel became readily available again, Richard Preston purchased a lorry to maintain the contract and the haulage company was founded.
The company soon gained contracts to transport steel manufactured on the Cleveland Coast, and the development of the Teesside chemical industry allowed Prestons of Potto to evolve in to the company that it is today. Several mergers and acquisitions took place across the years and today we operate out of four depots at Potto, Stockton on Tees, Knottingley, and St. Neots. Prestons of Potto are one of the most experienced haulage companies on Teesside, with significant experience in the Steel Haulage industry.
We are a highly experienced and professional transport company, and this was recognised in 2011 when Prestons of Potto was voted in the Top 5 all-time UK Hauliers.