Longridge Depot

Originally in the early 1930's W & J Riding's depot was sited in the corner of the field furthest away from the family named Daniel Platt farmhouse in Longridge near Preston.


In 1969 Jim Riding bought an additional seven acres of land from his brother Harry to allow for further expansion.


The series of photographs below show how the depot progressed and grew in size over the years along with various vehicles in the ever-growing fleet.


Buildings were not built purely for long term storage purposes but as transit sheds to support what Tom Riding calls the 'rip and tip' operations for ICI which were significant at the time.


 'Rip and tip' meaning the manual transfer of large bagged plastic granules into powder tankers for onward delivery which at the time was quite labour intensive work.


By 2016 the depot was empty and a year later in 2017 the whole site was leveled in preparation for a new housing development along with an Aldi supermarket store.



An early shot from the 1940's showing the original Longridge depot entrance and forecourt on Whittingham Road.

 'Daniel Platt Garage' as it was named consisted of just two large buildings to garage the small number of vehicles operated at that time.


The company's original premises, located on Whittingham Road Longridge near Preston, are pictured here in 1957.


 The purpose built buildings were name 'Daniel Platt Garage' after the nearby family owned Daniel Platt Farm.


 Compare this photograph with the one below taken some 40 years later. v


Riding's original Daniel Platt Garage on Whittingham Road in Longridge, seen here in 1995, changed very little over the years apart from the addition of the office block which was added to the front of the garage on the right in 1988.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


When Leyland was King!


 This impressive yard shot taken in 1959 shows the various Leyland models in the fleet which, at that time, consisted of a mixture of both rigid and draw bar outfits.


 Within a few years of this photograph being taken the fleet became dominated by articulated vehicles, due to Jim Riding finally relenting after years of being dead against any form of articulation and the rest, as we all now know, is history.


1959 and this yard shot shows a line up of locally built Leyland vehicles as the fleet starts to increase in size.


 One of those in the line up, second from the left, is Leyland Comet Scammell tractor unit Reg No 700 KTE which was W & J Riding's first venture into articulation.


A nice yard shot of Longridge depot when Leyland was Riding's preferred choice and before any of the transit sheds had been built.


 Taken in 1962 this was before Atkinson became the sole supplier, the first one joining Riding's just one year later in 1963.


On the left is L.A.D. cabbed Power Plus Beaver 4X2 tractor unit Reg No 5610 TD which was registered new by Riding's on the 1st of August 1962 at a cost of £2,652.


Centre is Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 220 STD, a new addition to the fleet in October 1960, which was in fact the last of the Leyland 14B/10's and was driven from new by Harold Swanson.


Right is 1957 registered 24-cabbed Leyland 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 649 CTD which had two lives while at Riding's.


 Originally a O.600-engined four wheeler rigid Beaver it is seen here after being converted into one of the company's early 4x2 tractor unit's, another very successful in-house conversion.


Another Longridge depot shot taken in 1962 shows a pair of L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Super Comets.


Both these vehicles were originally four wheelers but after undergoing surgery in 1962, at York Trailers, they both emerged sporting a trailing third axle.


On the left is L..A.D. cabbed Leyland Super Comet Reg No 375 HTB Fleet No 48 while on the right is L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Super Comet Reg No 200 KTE Fleet No 50.


In 1964, when this picture was taken, the fleet consisted of mainly L.A.D. Leyland's with just the odd Atkinson and one of the last older type Leyland's seen in the corner on the left.


 The three L.A.D. Leyland's in the foreground Reg Nos 5610 TD, 200 KTE and 8850 TE have all just been washed off which suggests this photograph was taken on a Saturday morning.


Longridge depot August 1965 shows Leyland Octopus Reg No XTB 188, then ten years old, just about to leave the yard.


Amazingly this vehicle still had another five years service left to do at Riding's when this picture was taken.


Longridge depot 1965 and this was the scene a few years before the depot really started to expand.


On the left is an all Leyland line up consisting mainly of L.A.D.'s.


Another shot of Longridge depot taken in 1965.


 At this time Riding's were still operating a near all Leyland fleet apart from one single early Atkinson invader which can just be seen lurking behind Reg No 3800 TD.


With in a few years of this picture being taken all of the Leyland's above would disappear and be replaced by the Atkinson marque.


Longridge 1966 and the Atkinson invasion gets underway as the Leyland's are gradually phased out.


Tom Riding calls this picture a 'Rose Between Two Thorns'.

 On the left we see L.A.D. cabbed Power Plus Beaver 4X2 tractor unit Reg No 5610 TD Fleet No 27 which was registered new on the 1st of August 1962 at a cost of £2,652.

In the centre is Atkinson Mk I Silver Knight 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WTF 190D Fleet No 2.

Registered new on the 1st of June 1966 at a cost of £3,388 9s 8d, as a chassis cab from Atkinsons, it was fitted with the renowned Gardner 150 6LX engine in line with a David Brown 10 speed splitter gearbox.

 On the right, although looking for all the world like a standard 24-cabbed Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 680 ETJ Fleet No 42 was first registered in April 1958 by Riding's as a 680 engined four wheeler rigid Beaver that pulled a draw-bar trailer.


In this depot shot, taken on a Saturday morning in 1967, we see a few of the ever new Atkinson Mk I 4x2 tractor units lined up on the left.


 Over the following years Atkinson would become the mainstay of the fleet replacing all the L.A.D. cabbed and Ergomatic cabbed Leyland Beaver tractor unit's seen in this picture.


Click on picture for a better full size view.


Photograph courtesy of the late Jack Draper.


Early 1970 and this depot shot shows the introduction of more Atkinson 4x2 tractor units into the fleet.


The Ergomatic Leyland Beaver's in the picture along with the L.A.D. on the right would all be gone within the next four years making it an all exclusive Atkinson fleet.


   Late 1970 and by this time more Atkinson tractor units  have joined the fleet as they become the vehicle of choice replacing almost all the L.A.D. Leyland's and later replacing                     all the Ergomatic Leyland Beaver's. 


Atkinson Borderers as far as the eye can see!


 This impressive line up of Atkinson Borderer 4x2 tractor units are seen here parked up for the weekend in 1975.


This was the time when W & J Riding's immaculate fleet was dominated by the locally manufactured Atkinson marque which were built just down the road at Walton le Dale near Preston.


Click on above picture for a super wide angle view.


Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No AMS 113K Fleet No 33 'Invincible' was driven by Alan Margerison.


Powered by a Cummins 220 engine, in line with a Fuller 610 gearbox and group axle it is pictured here next to the old fuel pump at Longridge before it was moved near to the entrance and exit of the depot.


 More detailed information regarding AMS 113K can be found in the 'Atkinson Borderer' section.


 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne


One of the pair of gates at the entrance to the long gone Longridge depot which had the trade mark company logo 'The Best in the Long Run'


Photograph courtesy of Gordon Hayes.


Brought in to replace one of the aging Atkinson Borderer's Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No YFR 560R Fleet No 30 'Relentless' was purchased brand new by Riding's on the 1st March 1977 at a cost of £16,001.10p plus vat.


 Driven from new by the late Miles Ward it is seen here while parked up for the weekend in Longridge depot.


Powered by a Gardner 240 engine, in line with an eight speed David Brown range change gearbox, a further £2,841 was spent on it before it entered service with the fitting of a compressor for discharging powder tankers.


After just over eight years service with the fleet YFR 560R was sold to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £3,200 plus vat in December 1985.


A winters day at Longridge depot.


 Apart from having to dig your way out of the yard along with the problems of drivers making it in to work this kind of weather was also bad for business.


 The picture above shows many vehicles parked up in the depot due to the treacherous conditions and the closure of local roads.


Another shot of Longridge depot after a night of heavy snow with most of the fleet parked up due to the adverse weather conditions.


With much of the local road network treacherous due to the snow and ice it was a few days before things got back to normal.


Longridge depot in it's heyday with a nice line up of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit's & trailers lined up on the left with a neat a row of the older Atkinson Borderer 4x2 tractor units, coupled to their trailers, on the right.


 The all important fuel island can be seen in the centre of the picture.


1975 and another snowy day at Longridge shows some of the drivers cars parked up outside the Daniel Platt Garage.


To see this exact location in 2015 click HERE.


Depot shot taken in the late 1970's shows a few Atkinson Borderer's parked up for the weekend.


The Atkinson tractor unit minus it's trailer is Reg No UTB 706M Fleet No 53 'Iron Duke' which was originally new to Pandora of Fleetwood on the 18th of March 1974.


It was purchased second hand through local agent R J & I Wells on the 31st of January 1978 along with three others at a cost of £4,550 each plus vat.


After being in service with Riding's for four years UTB 706M was eventually sold on to Warren Jones of Kirkham on the 2nd of January 1982 for £1,050 plus vat


         Another depot shot taken in the late 1970's and the           Atkinson Borderers are starting to be replaced by Seddon                             Atkinson '400 Series' 4x2 tractor units.

 

   A couple of Atkinson Borderer's are pictured ready for the                     off at the entrance of Longridge depot.


In the foreground is Atkinson Borderer 4x2 tractor unit Reg No YTB 540N Fleet No 43 'Able'.


 Powered by a Gardner 180 engine in line with a David Brown six speed box and Kirkstall D85 hub reduction rear axle it was registered new on the 1st of September 1974 at a cost of £8,034 plus vat.


 Note the 90 gallon fuel tank, made by Jolleys of Preston, which enabled it to get to the South Coast and back with fuel to spare.


 Pictured on the left is Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OCK 460T Fleet No 59 'Shooting Star' one of many 400 Series tractor unit's brought into the fleet at that time to replace the aging Atkinson Borderer's.


OCK 460T was powered by a Gardner 240 engine in line with a Fuller 9509A gearbox and Eaton single speed rear axle with a 5.04:1 ratio.


 Registered new to Riding's on the 1st of February 1979 at a cost of £19,367 22p plus vat it was used on the fleet as a general haulage tractor unit.


After eight years service it was sold on the 22nd of August 1987 via the Central Motor Auctions for £2,850 plus vat.


 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.


Longridge depot early 1982.


 At this time only a handful of the older Atkinson Borderer 4x2 tractor units remained in service with the fleet which was now dominated by Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor units.


 Photograph courtesy of Robert Cheetham.


A nice depot shot, better viewed full size by clicking on the picture, shows an unidentified Seddon Atkinson 400 Series reversing into the line up after returning to the depot with a fully loaded 40 foot tri-axle trailer.


 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.


This impressive line up, taken in the depot at Longridge in 1986, shows forty four of the one hundred plus Seddon Atkinson strong fleet.


Seen here parked up for the weekend they are all coupled up to their trailers ready for the off first thing Monday morning.


 Also in the picture is Tom Riding's preserved Scammell Rigid 8 Reg No FJH 102 which is named 'Locomotion'


Riding's long serving tyre fitter Dick Brewer checks the pressure on a trailer tyre at the depot entrance at Longridge.


On the left is Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 620Y Fleet No 67 'Thane of Fife' which was originally registered new in Northern Ireland as Reg No EIB 6916.


 Re registered in England on the 1st of August 1982 as WCK 620Y this was one of a pair of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit's that Tom Riding bought second hand from Yardley Commercials of Kidderminster on the 1st of July 1984.


 Each one cost £10,250 plus vat and were originally owned by Persitt International of Points Pass Northern Ireland hauling reefers between Ireland and Europe.


On the right is Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No DCW 930Y Fleet No 71 'Vanguard' which was registered brand new to Riding's on the 25th of March 1983 at a cost of £25,926.


 It remained in service with the fleet for eight years until it was sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn on the 4th of September 1991 for £2,250 plus vat.


 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchers.


    A typical Seddon Atkinson 401 Series depot line up with          day cabbed RPL 122X 'North Briton' over on the far right             which had been reduced to yard shunter at the time.


The company ran a large fleet of Gardner powered Seddon Atkinson 401 Series tractor unit's throughout the 1980's.


 Seen here in this Longridge line up nearest the camera is Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A350 PCW Fleet No 82 'Jubilant' which was powered by a Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine.


Registered new on the 1st of April 1984 it was driven on a regular basis by Fred Squires.


Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.


Seddon Atkinson 301 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No A130 HCK Fleet No 77 'Sir Tristram' is pictured here coupled to a 45 foot tri-axle curtain-sider trailer in the depot.


It is loaded with a return load of sheet steel from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Riding's long serving tyre fitter Dick Brewer can be seen checking the tyre pressures on day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B240 VCW Fleet No 25 'Night Hawk' which was registered new the 1st of September 1984 at a cost £24,826 plus vat.


This tractor unit spent its life running 24 hours a day, driven on nights by the late Ken Fryer, and on days by long time serving Riding's driver Paul Smith.


B240 VCW was scrapped on the 1st of April 1993 with the Gardner engine sold on to Hartwood exports for £2,500 plus vat.


A busy time on the fuel island at the entrance to the depot.


Pictured fueling up are Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C980 JCK Fleet No 30 'Patriot' driven from new by the late Jimmy Holden.


 On the right is Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E530 NHG Fleet No 44 'Royal Star' which was a brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of June 1988 at a cost of £29,355.22p plus vat.


Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D950 XFV Fleet No 19 'Flying Dutchman II' swings into the the depot past the fuel island at Longridge.


 On the right is one of the many garage vans that Riding's had in their fleet, in this case it is Ford Escort van Reg No F456 FWG.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


A line up of three Seddon Atkinson 401 Series tractor unit's coupled to trailers in the yard at Longridge.


Reg No D70 XBV Fleet No 52 'Lode Star II' and Reg No D400 SRN Fleet No 33 'Lord of the Isles' were both powered by Gardner 6LXDT engines and are seen coupled to Timax Bainbridge curtain-siders, which ran on contract from their premises at Squires Gate in Blackpool and Glasson Dock near Lancaster.


The third Seddon Atkinson 401 on the right is Reg No B520 BCK Fleet No 85 'Caledonian' a Motherwell-based motor loaded with plate steel from the BSC plant at Ravenscraig.


 Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.


Tucked away at the top of the yard at Longridge were some of the scrapped cabs which were kept for spares.


 These two old Seddon Atkinson 400 Series cabs originally belonged to Reg No SMM 733S Fleet No 33 'Phoenix' and Reg No AHG 820R Fleet No 90 'Silver Jubilee'.


Both Gardner 240 engine's had been removed and sold on to Translitre of Burton on Trent on the 19th September 1986.


W & J Riding's modern office block on Whittingham Road Longridge which was completed in 1988.


This building contained the traffic office, accounts department and general offices but was demolished in 2017 to make way for a new housing development along with an Aldi supermarket.


 To see this exact location in 2015 click HERE.


Longridge depot January 1990 and two different models of Seddon Atkinson are seen here ready for the road.


 On the left is Seddon Atkinson Strato Reg No G820 KCW Fleet No 110 'Endeavour' which was a brand new addition to the fleet just two months prior on the 1st of November 1989.


On the right is Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E120 HCK Fleet No 4 'Pathfinder' which, by now, was three years old having been registered new on the 1st of November 1987.


Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 51W Fleet No 5 'Comet' was powered by a Cummins E290 big cam engine.


 Pictured here in the depot at Longridge, at the end of it's working life in 1991, it was not Riding's innovative approach to air-conditioning! but waiting to be broken up for spares.


Originally registered new to London Carriers on the 10th of July 1981 Tom Riding bought this along with seven sister machines when they was almost five years old on the 7th of March 1986 from local dealer Syd Hartley of Whittingham.


Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


The remains of Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 122X Fleet No 16 'North Briton' which finished it's life at Riding's as the yard shunter in Longridge depot.


 Scrapped in February 1991 RPL 122X was one of a batch of ex London Carriers day cabbed 4x2 tractor units Tom Riding bought in 1986 which were all fitted with Cummins E290 Big Cam engines.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards. 


Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 126X Fleet No 23 'Auld Reekie' is pictured here while on shunting duties in the depot.


One of a batch of several ex London Carriers Seddon Atkinson 401 tractor units that Tom Riding purchased second-hand in April 1986 it was powered by a Cummins E290 Big Cam engine.


 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


Pictured here at Longridge on the 13th of January 1993, while in the process of being broken up for scrap, the remains of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No TTB 341S Fleet No 38 'Perseverance'.


It was originally owned by Reliance Tankers of Manchester who ran it for 10 years after registering it new on the 1st of September 1977.


Powered by Rolls Royce 220 engine Tom Riding recalls......


 "I bought it for just £50 on the 1st of August 1987 and after a tidy up it then spent it's last years on internal work at the British Steel Corporation plant at Ravenscraig moving hot slabs around the site on a 24 hour basis.


I can't quite remember how it acquired the chrome bumper bar which was a bit flashy in a steel works to say the least".


Pictured behind is Leyland Beaver Reg No 880 FTF


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 

Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D60 WRN        is seen here on the 26th of November 1994 after being                     demoted to yard shunter at Longridge depot.

Registered new on the 2nd of February 1987 when used on the road it was formerly Fleet No 26 'Sans Pareil II' as can be seen here. >


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.



Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VPM 235Y Fleet No 61 ' Highland Laddie' is pictured here towards the end of its working life at Riding's.


It is seen here on shunting duties in the depot at Longridge during the transfer of bagged ICI powder into one of the company's powder tankers for onward delivery.


A busy Saturday morning scene on the 9th of April 1994 at Longridge depot.


In the centre of the picture is ERF E10 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G790 JCW Fleet No 2 'Knight of the Thistle'.

 

 New on the 1st of September 1989 it was powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine and is seen here having just arrived back home coupled to a Murfitt 1600 cubic ft non tipping powder tank.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


This Marion crawler crane was used in the depot to unload steel plates collected from British Steel Corporation plants and place them in the yard for temporary storage.


 It was also used to reloaded outside hauliers trailers for onward deliveries down South were Riding's didn't normally venture.


 Capable of lifting 40 tons with the jib upright Tom Riding bought the crane off Garston Dock and it was still in operation when he retired in October 1995.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


This was the steam cleaning ramp in the depot were vehicles were steam cleaned in preparation for their annual MOT test.


On the ramp is Seddon Atkinson 301 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No C150 BKP Fleet No 92 'Sir Lancelot' Tom Riding bought this tractor unit from Translitre of Burton on Trent for £16,150 plus vat on 18th of May 1987.


 More details in Seddon Atkinson 301.


Another shot of the steam cleaning ramp at Longridge depot were vehicles were, amongst other things, steam cleaned in preparation for their annual MOT test.


On the ramp on this particular day, the 25th of July 1992, is Seddon Atkinson 301 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No C150 BKP Fleet No 92 'Sir Lancelot'.

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Both photographs courtesy of Chris Richards.


Longridge depot Seddon Atkinson line up!


From left to right........


Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B131 TND Fleet No 6 'El Capitan'.


Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No DCW 930Y Fleet No 71 'Vanguard'.


Seddon Atkinson 4-11 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E420 MFR Fleet No 101 'Implacable'.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ORH 90W Fleet No 12 'Tornado'.


The fuel island at Longridge shows driver Alan Margerison fueling up Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E80 HFV Fleet No 99 'Hercules' which is coupled up to a Timax liveried curtain-sider trailer.


Registered new on the 17th of October 1987, at a cost of £27,459 plus vat, it remained in service until the 13th of February 1995 E80 HFV when it was sold on to J.C. Commercials of Liverpool for the sum of £2,750 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards. 


Seen here in Longridge depot, in front of the garage, is Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E440 NCK Fleet No 34 'Black Prince ' which was registered new on the 1st of May 1988 at a cost of £29,355 plus vat.


 Powered by a Gardner 6LXDT engine and driven by Tim Dewhurst it is pictured here on the 25th of July 1993 when five years old about to depart Longridge with a full 24 ton load of cement loaded earlier at the Castle Cement plant at nearby Clitheroe.


At the end of its working life with Riding's E440 NCK was sold on to a dealer in Liverpool for £1,500 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E440 NCK Fleet No 34 'Black Prince ' parked up in the depot at Longridge.


This busy scene on the 25th of July 1993 shows the variety of work Riding's undertook at that time which included curtain-siders, flats and containers.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E420 MFR Fleet No 101 'Implacable'.


 Driven from new by Rex Rich it is seen here loaded with drums of Cereclor, chlorinated paraffin, on board a 45 foot tri-axle curtain sider trailer.


 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


Taking time out in the depot is Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E470 NFV Fleet No 18 'Apollo'.


Powered by a Gardner 6LXDT engine in line with a Fuller twin splitter gearbox E470 NFV was registered new on the 1st of June 1988, at a cost of £29,355 plus vat.


Driven on a regular basis by John Fawcett, 'aka Cumberland John', it remained in service with Riding's for just over eight years until it was sold on the 28th of September 1996 to J. C. Commercials of Liverpool for the sum of £1,500 plus vat.


At this time Gardner's were not everyone's favourite engine and the premium prices that they once used to command were no longer available on the second hand market.


Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


Michael Brewer, who was in charge of tyre maintenance at      Riding's, is pictured here on the fuel island in the depot checking the pressure on Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor               unit Reg No E530 NHG Fleet No 44 'Royal Star'.


ERF E10 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F540 THG Fleet No 102 'Skiddaw' is seen here near to the end of it's working life with Riding's when seven years old in 1995.


Registered new on the 1st of October 1988 and powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine it was the first ERF tractor unit to enter service with the company.


 Originally based at Riding's Thornaby depot on Teesside, where it spent most of it's working life, it is seen here outside the garage at Longridge depot.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F500 BFV Fleet No 24 'Invincible' is pictured on the steam cleaning ramp at Longridge depot undergoing cleaning for it's annual MOT test.


Reg No F500 BFV Fleet No 24 'Invincible' was the first Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit to enter service with Riding's on the 1st of May 1989 at a cost of £30,027.65p + vat.


Unfortunately it did not live up to it's name of 'Invincible' as it was written off in May 1996 after being burnt out following a fire which started in a front wheel hub.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F996 RCK Fleet No 77 'Sir Tristram', powered by a Cummins 14 litre engine, is pictured here in August 1994 returning to the depot with a well sheeted and roped 24 ton load of bagged cement from the Castle Cement plant at nearby Clitheroe.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Registered new on the 1st of September 1989 Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G881 GFV Fleet No 95 'Morning Star' swings round in the yard in the depot at Longridge.


 In the background you can see the variety of trailers that Riding's operated at that time which included curtain siders, powder tankers, flats and tipping skelly trailers.


G881 GFV was one of a number of Riding's Seddon Atkinson Strato's that were painted in the contract livery of European Vinyl's Corporation Ltd (EVC).


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G881 GFV Fleet No 95 'Morning Star'.


In the contract livery of EVC it is pictured here after reversing one of Riding's trailer's into the tyre bay in the depot.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G750 UEC Fleet No 7 'Indomitable', driven from new by Rodney Preston, makes it's way across the yard at Longridge while coupled to a tri-axle flat trailer loaded with steel plate from Motherwell.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


The busy fuel island at Longridge depot, with driver Mick McKay doing the honours.


Mick is seen fueling up Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No H840 VFR Fleet No 1 'Precursor' which was another of the batch of Seddon Atkinson Strato's that were painted in the contract livery of European Vinyl's Corporation Ltd (EVC). 


'E' Series ERF 4x2 tractor unit Reg No K730 URN Fleet No 6 'Sir Lancelot' spins round in the yard at Longridge while coupled up to a Crane Fruehauf built 1450 cubic foot non tipping tri-axle powder tanker.


 To the left is part of the garage complex while to the right is one of the transit sheds.


 Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


ERF EC12 4X2 tractor unit Reg No L390 KHG Fleet No 58 'Resolute', which was registered new on the 1st of July 1994, is pictured here in the yard at Longridge as the driver secures the curtains ready for the off.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Another shot of the fuel island, which was located just inside the entrance of the depot off Whittingham Road, enabled vehicles to fuel up on entering or leaving the premises.

 

Pictured here fueling up is Foden 4335 4x2 tractor unit Reg No M430 URN Fleet No 11 'Coeur-de-Lion' which was powered by a Perkins 335TX engine and assigned to the European Vinyl's Corporation Ltd contract.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Foden Line Up at Longridge.


Seen here parked in the depot are three of the ten Foden 4335 4x2 tractor unit's introduced into to the fleet in 1994/5.


All powered by Perkins 335 TX engines these were part of an order of a total of ten Foden 4x2 tractor units which were all fitted with tipping gear and powder discharge equipment, more detailed information in the Foden Section

From left to right....

Reg No M920 UCW Fleet No85 'Hardwicke'

Reg No M240 WRN Fleet No 66 'Sir Winston'

Reg No M760 WRN Fleet No 99 'Hercules'.


ERF EC12 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No N340 ERN Fleet No 19 'Flying Dutchman' was registered new on the 1st of September 1995 only a month before the retirement of Tom Riding.


 Powered by a Perkins TX325 engine it is seen here parked adjacent to the vehicle wash in the depot.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards. 


October 1995 and managing director Tom Riding took this photograph of the main entrance to the depot on the day of his retirement from the company.


In 2017 the whole site above was completely leveled in preparation for the building of an Aldi supermarket and a housing estate.  


Longridge depot December 1995 and pictured in the foreground is Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F833 LJR Fleet No 71 'Vanguard' which was registered new on the 7th of February 1989.


 Purchased second hand by Tom Riding from local dealer Syd Hartley on the 23rd of July 1991, at a cost of £15,000 plus vat, it was driven on a regular basis by the late David Fletcher who met his wife to be Pauline who worked in the offices at Riding's continuously for 40 years.


 Already looming in the background is a sign of things to come with a re-liveried curtain-sider trailer now in TDG scarab green livery just two months after the retirement of Tom Riding.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


This photograph, showing the entrance to Riding's depot at Longridge, was taken on the 23rd of December 1995 two months after Tom Riding retired from the company.


In 2017 the whole site was completely leveled with nothing in the picture left standing in preparation of the building of a new Aldi supermarket and a new housing estate.  


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.



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