To search, type and hit enter.

JOHN SOMERSCALES LTD

OPERATOR SPOTLIGHT

HeavyTorque Issue Five: John Somerscales Ltd

SOMERSCALES: 115 AND COUNTING

FOR A COMPANY TO CELEBRATE ITS 20TH, 30TH OR EVEN 50TH ANNIVERSARY IS NOT THAT UNUSUAL: BUT FOR IMMINGHAM-BASED HEAVY HAULIER, JOHN SOMERSCALES LTD, 2015 HAS SEEN THEM BOTH CELEBRATE THEIR 115TH ANNIVERSARY AND EXPAND INTO A NEW PURPOSE-BUILT DEPOT. DAVID WESTON REPORTS.

The current owner and managing director, John Somerscales, is the third John Somerscales – and the fourth generation of the family to run the company. John’s great-grandfather (the original John Somerscales) used heavy horses on his farm in the North Lincolnshire village of Keelby. Finding that branching out into road haulage was a natural progression, he carried out his first paying road transport job on 21st February 1900. That involved the transport of two round timber loads from Stallingborough to Joseph Ogle’s sawmill at Grimsby – for the princely sum of one pound and five shillings. His original invoice for this job is still displayed in his great-grandson’s office.

John subsequently had three sons, Tom, Herbert, and Stan. The sons continued to be involved in timber leading with the horses finally giving way to Latil timber tractors. During the Second World War, Stan became a Squadron Leader in the RAF piloting Halifax four-engine heavy bombers. He was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) before, sadly, being shot down by a night fighter and killed over Holland.

With the coming of BRS (British Road Services), Somerscales escaped nationalisation because the business was involved in timber: and, to this day, the family continues to be heavily involved in the timber trade, operating both a timber haulage company and a large timber mill at Keelby.

After leaving school, Tom and Herbert’s sons – John, Roger and Peter – joined the company. During the 60s vehicles were usually 4x2s, and were used to transport timber, long steel and round bar. The preferred vehicle manufacturers of the day were ERF and AEC. This all changed in 1968, however, when John F Somerscales (the current John’s father) tried a Scania-Vabis LB76. From then, the company used Scania and Volvo vehicles. John still has one of the original LB76s, which is currently undergoing a full restoration in Holland.

Scania Vabis LB76 triple heading a generator up Yarborough Hill in Lincoln

WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE ON OPERATOR: JOHN SOMERSCALES LTD?

This article is premium content, so you must register and pay to continue reading. You can read individual articles from any issue of the magazine by clicking here and paying just 0.99p. Or you can buy a subscription to HeavyTorque magazine from just £32.00 a year (UK), giving you unlimited access to all the features online, as well as receiving the full magazine by post four times a year.

Kick back, relax and enjoy the read!

Announcement

HeavyTorque White Logo

It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

Please note, this change will only affect newsstand purchasers. There will be no change for our loyal print subscribers.

Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

For those of you who have enjoyed HeavyTorque from the newsstand, we sincerely appreciate your business – and we would hope that you’ve enjoyed the magazine enough to consider a direct subscription?

Single Issues

If you prefer to purchase individual issues (one at a time), you will still have the ability to do so, both online (via the website), or by calling our offices +44 (0) 1572 3450872. Orders for single issues received before the pre-publication deadline will be mailed along with the subscribers.

Current and Back Issues

Our website also caters for those looking to purchase back issues. To browse Back Issue availability, follow this link: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/shop/

Annual Subscription (UK/Europe and Rest of the World)

Never miss a beat, and keep up with every issue of the magazine via an annual subscription. To purchase your annual subscription, please visit: https://www.heavytorque.co.uk/subscribe/

It remains our objective, philosophy, and goal to provide our readers with the best content available, together with stunning feature photography. We do hope you will continue to support our venture!