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Atkinson Mark II


 In 1968 Atkinson redesigned the Mk I cab and created the                   Mk II version which was six inches wider. 


  It had a two inch lower door line, a completely flat floor, improved interior, lock actuators in place of handbrake to                        ease access, and dual headlamps. 


The pedal position was improved, a Chapman suspension            seat standardized, and heater output increased. 


  After operating a considerable number of Atkinson Mk I 4x2 tractor unit's from 1963 onwards, it came as no surprise       that the company moved on to the newly launched                                         Atkinson Mk II in 1968/9. 


Within twelve months of the first Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor units arriving at W & J Riding the entire articulated fleet had been replaced by the Atkinson marque with not a single Leyland tractor unit remaining.


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Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No STB 330GFleet No 53 'Furious' was registered new on the 1st of July 1969 at a cost of £3,980.


 STB 330G was one of a pair Mk II's to enter service with Riding's at the time and was allocated to long time serving Riding's driver Ted Bamber.


 It is seen here having just arrived at Longridge depot after a punishing journey over the Pennines with a 20 ton load of pulp from Hartlepool Docks destined for delivery to Roach Bridge Paper Mills near Preston.


After being in service with Riding's for almost nine years STB 330G was sold on to a Mr Bateson of Preston for £2,222 plus vat on the 17th January 1978.


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No STD 730G Fleet No 45 'Zealous' was one of a pair of brand new Atkinson Mk II tractor unit's Riding's put on the road on the 1st of July 1969.


 Purchased at a cost of £3,976 18s 6d it was powered by a Gardner 180 engine in line with a six speed David Brown gearbox and Kirkstall BDR rear axle.


 Seen here at Kirtlebridge in Dumfries and Galloway, during a return trip from Scotland, it is pictured with it's first driver a youthful Kenneth Moon who would later spend a total of 41 years driving for the company.


 He had collected this particular load from the British Steel Corporation Meadow Works at Motherwell for onward delivery to Garrington's of Bromsgrove in the West Midlands.


 After nine years service STD 730G was eventually sold on in 1978 to a Mr W.R. Taylor of Melling near Liverpool for £2,500 plus vat.


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No TTE 760H Fleet No 69 'Loyal', powered by a Gardner 180 engine, was a brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of September 1969 at a cost of £3,976 18s 8d


 As with all new vehicles, Riding's specified chrome bottom bumpers along with custom-built secure battery & tool boxes which were chassis mounted.


Fuel tanks were also built to Riding specification including modified filler-necks and locking caps.


 To reduce tare-weight, Riding's modified the top bumpers so that they still afforded protection to the radiator and retained a towing pin.

After seven years service on the Darlington trunk change over TTE 760H was withdrawn from the fleet in October 1976.


It was sold on to Bailee Freight Services of Yarm near Middlesbrough who repainted in their striking yellow and blue livery. >


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No XTF 580H No73 'Olympian' was registered new by Riding's on the 1st June 1970 at a cost of £4,551 62p plus vat.


 Powered by a Gardner 6LXB 180 engine it is seen here at Fleetwood in the mid 1970's while taking part in the 'Lorry Driver of the Year' event.


Another shot of Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No XTF 580H No73 'Olympian' during the annual the 'Lorry Driver of the Year' event.

 

For the event it was coupled a 1450 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf tandem axle powder tank which is something this particular tractor unit never did as during it's life at Riding's it only ever pulled flat platform trailers when in general use as can be seen in the picture below. v


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No XTF 580H Fleet No 73 'Olympian' is seen here being filled with fuel at Daniel Platt Garage, a long time before the fuel island was installed in the middle of the yard.


 With a 9'6" wheelbase and powered by a Gardner 6LXB 180 engine this was a typical Riding fleet motor of it's day.


 Riding's were still running Albion Super Clydesdale rigids, but the entire articulated fleet was Atkinson by the time this picture was taken with no Leyland's remaining.


After eight years service with Riding's XTF 580H was eventually sold to Stanley Hart of Banks Nr Southport on the 1st of July 1978 for £2,400 plus vat.


Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No UTB 370H Fleet No 32 'Illustrious', powered by Gardner 6LXB 180 engine, was registered new to Riding's on the 1st of October 1969 at a cost £3,976 plus vat.


It had been previously involved in a very serious accident on the A75 near Dumfries for which Riding's long serving driver Jack Moon was in no way responsible.


This photograph was taken shortly after a complete rebuild and shows the tractor unit posing with a powder tanker which it never actually pulled as this vehicle was used on general haulage work.


After being in service with Riding's for over eight years UTB 370H was sold to J & J Rimmer of Southport on the 3rd of March 1978 for £2,350 plus vat.  


Another shot of Gardner 180 powered Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No UTB 370H Fleet No 32 'Illustrious'.


Seen in the previous picture while coupled to a powder tanker it is seen here more at home assigned to the general haulage fleet with a loaded forty foot flat trailer.


After being in service with Riding's for over eight years UTB 370H was sold to J & J Rimmer of Southport on the 3rd of March 1978 for £2,350 plus vat.


Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No UTF 460H Fleet No 71, driven regularly by the late Keith Gornall, was fitted with a long range 90 gallon fuel tank along with a 5.78:1 ratio axle which gave it more speed.


 Registered new to Riding's on the 1st of December 1969, at a cost of £4,287.5p plus vat, it is pictured here when brand new while coupled up to a wide spread tandem axle 40 foot trailer which was one of six trailers of this type introduced into the fleet at that time.


Dirver Keith Gornall later left Riding's and went on to operate his own business just down the road running several ultra smart Streamline V8 Scania's and Volvo F16' tractor unit's transporting abnormal steel loads.


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No CTD 450J Fleet No 76 is seen here in a very workman-like pose, while having a bath in the depot at Longridge.


The ravages of time have seen the end of the chrome front bumper at this point in its life.


Atkinson Mk II Silver Knight 4X2 tractor unit Reg No BTF 140J Fleet No 59 'Dominant', powered by a Gardner 180 engine, was registered new on the 1st of November 1970.


 Looking here a little worse for wear minus it's chrome bumper it was driven by Richard Stecyk, aka Yank, and is pictured here in Longridge depot loaded and ready for the road.‏


Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ETF 510J Fleet No 77, powered by a Gardner 180 engine, was registered new on the 5th of May 1971. 


Seen here when new it was driven on a regular basis by the late Fred Wolstenholme, aka Pluto, and is pictured here at the premises of Hepworth Polva Plastics in Padiam near Burnley a company which manufactured plastic piping and guttering.


The late Freddie Wolstenholme takes time out for a picture with Tom Ridings eldest daughter Elizabeth in front of Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ETF 510J Fleet No 77 one Sunday morning at Padiham.


 Unfortunately Freddie Wolstenholme was tragically killed in a road traffic accident four years later.


Another shot of Atkinson Mk II 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ETF 510J Fleet No 77.


 Registered new on the 5th of May 1971 it is seen here steadily making it's way South towards Tower Bridge while hauling one of Riding's powder tankers.


 It would have been destined for Ashford in the days when it was the norm to go through London long before the building of the M25 orbital ring road.


 Photograph courtesy of renowned lorry photographer Peter J Davies.



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