former preston drivers

bfalls

Active Member
Still alive in Detroit (204). Answer to the question about the 100/200 numbers. All 100 terminals were Eastern Region, All 200 numbers were Central. PS, I was lucky enough to make it out to Preston MD, got to drive the Batmobile around the lot. Ugliest Brigadier I ever saw, but it got great fuel mileage!
 

fartknocker

Well-Known Member
There still is a Preston forum in " The Trucking Boneyard " area. Check out the Hanks Truck Pictures website,its great! They even have the Batmobile somebody mentioned.
 

xcsp

Active Member
I thought ESTES was in our old terminal ??????? and Old dominion was in the old CF terminal ????
 

sheath

Member
They were but Old Dominion bought the land and tore the facility down. Estes moved down to Holland's old terminal in Greenwood. Holland in turn, moved into the old Roadway terminal on Tibbs, not too far from Preston's terminal.
 
Sad, the last post here is 8 years old. I had 25 years at Preston. I started in Dubois (120) in 1974. From there to West Middlesex (125) until it closed in 1997. Finished the last 2 years in Pittsburgh (107). None of us realized how good Preston treated us until we had to move on to another company. I was a steward at all three of those terminals and we never had any major problems. I was one of the lucky ones and went straight to Yellow in Richfield from Preston and never missed a days work. It was quite a shock going from 25 years and 5 weeks vacation to bottom of the pile and on call. The Yellow road dispatch system, at the time, was a good one. After about a year, I was able to work pretty much when I wanted and go where I wanted. Western Pa. just cut my pension by 30% but life is still good. I retired in 2004 with 30 years. We bought a condo on the lake in 2015 and now just do the old people stuff. I'm thinking I wrote this for therapy and nobody will ever read it. It's hard to believe it's been 28 years since I drove 20173. My last trip was a Baltimore turn out of Pittsburgh along with Walt Marzolf.
 

xcsp

Active Member
Sad, the last post here is 8 years old. I had 25 years at Preston. I started in Dubois (120) in 1974. From there to West Middlesex (125) until it closed in 1997. Finished the last 2 years in Pittsburgh (107). None of us realized how good Preston treated us until we had to move on to another company. I was a steward at all three of those terminals and we never had any major problems. I was one of the lucky ones and went straight to Yellow in Richfield from Preston and never missed a days work. It was quite a shock going from 25 years and 5 weeks vacation to bottom of the pile and on call. The Yellow road dispatch system, at the time, was a good one. After about a year, I was able to work pretty much when I wanted and go where I wanted. Western Pa. just cut my pension by 30% but life is still good. I retired in 2004 with 30 years. We bought a condo on the lake in 2015 and now just do the old people stuff. I'm thinking I wrote this for therapy and nobody will ever read it. It's hard to believe it's been 28 years since I drove 20173. My last trip was a Baltimore turn out of Pittsburgh along with Walt Marzolf.
Razorblade
Very true how Preston was a great company to work for I started in West Middlesex and ended in Richfield till it ended,started at Roadway 3 days later when Preston closed , currently still Working at YRC in Copley. been there 20 years how time flys.
I see they cut our pension in Western Pa , central states cut.we just have to deal with it,
Hope you are enjoying your retirement .
Greg
 

seabreeze

Not Well Known Member, 63 Year Teamster Member
Razorblade
Very true how Preston was a great company to work for I started in West Middlesex and ended in Richfield till it ended,started at Roadway 3 days later when Preston closed , currently still Working at YRC in Copley. been there 20 years how time flys.
I see they cut our pension in Western Pa , central states cut.we just have to deal with it,
Hope you are enjoying your retirement .
Greg

Nice to hear someone else appreciated their job, I started with Ryder Truck Lines in Charl, in 1955, was still there when PIE closed the doors in 90.
I was offered a job with Yellow in 90, but decided to not start over, I retired.
Don't think I made the wrong choice, PIE would spoil you, couldn't ask for a better work place.
Sad to see what the working guys have lost today.
 

sheath

Member
My dad drove out of Indy from the very beginning until the very end. Some of the guys got together as recently as last fall. Sad that quite a few of them have passed.
 

bfalls

Active Member
Sad, the last post here is 8 years old. I had 25 years at Preston. I started in Dubois (120) in 1974. From there to West Middlesex (125) until it closed in 1997. Finished the last 2 years in Pittsburgh (107). None of us realized how good Preston treated us until we had to move on to another company. I was a steward at all three of those terminals and we never had any major problems. I was one of the lucky ones and went straight to Yellow in Richfield from Preston and never missed a days work. It was quite a shock going from 25 years and 5 weeks vacation to bottom of the pile and on call. The Yellow road dispatch system, at the time, was a good one. After about a year, I was able to work pretty much when I wanted and go where I wanted. Western Pa. just cut my pension by 30% but life is still good. I retired in 2004 with 30 years. We bought a condo on the lake in 2015 and now just do the old people stuff. I'm thinking I wrote this for therapy and nobody will ever read it. It's hard to believe it's been 28 years since I drove 20173. My last trip was a Baltimore turn out of Pittsburgh along with Walt Marzolf.
LMAO, still kicking here. Now 11 years with Roadway and 9 more with Holland. Couple of more then I'll be doing the retirement thing myself. Sure do miss the 151 line. Had a great job there.
 
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