W & J Riding Ltd Longridge Preston

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              Seddon Atkinson 401 Series

    Tom Riding reflects on the introduction of the first brand new Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit's to enter service with the fleet in 1983.....

"The '401 Series' of tractor units was a development of the old '400 Series', however, the American International influence was now very much apparent.

The chassis rails were now pressed out, as were all the frame cross members, and although the front bumpers were now made of a plastic compound they had a strong towing assembly incorporated behind them.

The fuel tank was now made of aluminium while the suspension was changed to all parabolic springs which reduced the tractor unit's unladen weight.

 The main running units were the same as the old '400 Series' and were sound in every way while the cab was at last now virtually rustproof so all things considered the Seddon Atkinson 401 was, in my opinion, a fine machine".

The first two brand new Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4X2 tractor units entered service with the fleet on the 25th March 1983 at a cost of £25,926 each.

One of those was Reg No DCW 590Y Fleet No 70 'Courageous', 
pictured above, which was driven from new by Norman Holland and is seen here on the A65 near Skipton.

Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.

  A colour shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No DCW 590Y Fleet No 70 'Courageous' as it heads back to Longridge with a brand new 40 foot Crane Fruehauf tri-axle flat platform trailer.

Note the total lack of spray suppression equipment on the axles which was the norm in those days.

Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No DCW 930Y Fleet No 71 'Vanguard' was the second of two brand new 401 Series 4x2 tractor units to enter service with Riding's along with Reg No DCW 590Y in March 1983.

Registered new on the 25th of March 1983, at a cost of £25,926, it remained in service with W & J Riding for eight years until it was sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn on the 4th of September 1991 for £2,250 plus vat.

 Driven from new by Ted Woods it is pictured taking Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4X2 tractor unit Reg No S630 SFV back to Longridge depot for repair.

Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.

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

Pictured in the depot while coupled to one of the many 40 foot tri-axle curtain-siders in the fleet DCW 930Y was driven from new by Ted Woods.

Registered new on the 25th of March 1983, at a cost of £25,926, it remained in service with W & J Riding 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 Geoff Milne.

  Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 43W Fleet No 40 'Mammoth', powered by an E290 Cummins big cam engine, was registered new on the 10th of July 1981.

 Originally new to London Carriers it was one of seven bought second-hand from local dealer Mr Syd Hartley, with OPL 43W costing £6,900 plus vat on the 23rd of April 1986.

 Pictured here coupled to a Carmichael 2000 cubic foot non tipping tri-axle powder tanker, in BP Chemicals livery, it would later become the yard shunter (see below) after which time it was scrapped in September 1993.

Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.

 Seen here towards the end of it's working life at Riding's ex London Carriers day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 43W Fleet No 40 'Mammoth' is pictured on yard shunting duties while coupled to a tandem axle tipping trailer on hire from R J & I Wells Ltd.

This particular trailer was used to take empty paper sacks generated from the rip and tip operation that Riding's undertook on behalf of ICI Ltd to their landfill site near Fleetwood.

After being in service with Riding's for just over seven years OPL 43W was eventually scrapped in September 1993.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 47W Fleet No 45 'Undaunted' was powered by a Cummins E290 big cam engine.

It is pictured here in the depot at Longridge while coupled up to Riding's single axle recovery trailer, an ideal piece of kit for recovering broken down tractor units at the side of the road.

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

OPL 47W cost £7,100 plus vat and was eventually scrapped in February 1991.

These ex London Carriers Seddon Atkinsons proved to be very useful machines and did a good job doing the work that could not justify the cost of brand new equipment.

Photograph courtesy of the late Jim Taylor archive.

  Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 48W Fleet No 41 'Royal Scot' was another ex London Carriers tractor unit bought from Mr Syd Hartley in April 1986 for £6,900 plus vat.

 Originally registered new on the 1st of June 1981 it was powered by a Cummins E290 big cam engine and spent its life at Riding's Motherwell depot being used as a shunt motor to tip and load trailers brought up on trunk from Longridge.

 It is seen here in February 1993 at Longridge waiting to be scrapped after seven years service with the fleet.

 Seen here having a good wash besides the workshop at Riding's Motherwell depot is another ex London Carriers day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No OPL 51W Fleet No 5 'Comet'.

Powered by a Cummins E290 Big Cam engine it was bought from local dealer Mr Syd Hartley on the 7th of March 1984 at a cost of £7,100 plus vat.

 On arrival it was fitted with a compressor along with a hydraulic pump to operate a tipping powder tanker and, after painting, it was dispatched to Riding's Motherwell depot to work on the Ready Mix Concrete delivery contract.

After six years service with Riding's it was finally scrapped in September 1990 with the engine sold on to Hartwood Exports for £1,000 plus vat.

Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FGK 582X Fleet No 31 'Flamboyant' was powered by a Cummins E 290 engine.

FGK 582X was one of five Seddon Atkinson tractor unit's that Tom Riding bought second hand which were originally owned by Watney Mann of London.

This particular tractor unit was at first allocated to the Incobulk contract

After a number of years it was down graded to the general haulage fleet in 1987 were it remained in constant use until July 1991 after which time it was taken off the road and scrapped.

 Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FGK 582X Fleet No 31 'Flamboyant'.

Powered by a Cummins E 290 engine this was one of five Seddon Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit's that Tom Riding bought second hand.

 Registered new in December 1981 by Watney Mann of London they had specified Allison automatic gearboxes but when it arrived at Longridge, along with the other four, Riding's converted them all to Fuller 9509 manual direct top gearboxes.

FGK 582X was withdrawn from the fleet in July 1991 and broken up and scrapped.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LYM 391X Fleet No 1 'Precursor' was powered by a Cummins E290 engine.

Seen here coupled to a 1540 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf non tipping powder tank this was another of the five second hand 401 Series 4X2 tractor unit's that Tom Riding acquired from George Wood of Huddersfield at a cost of £8,000 each. 

They had originally been new to Watney Mann in December 1981 and had been fitted, when new, with Allison automatic gearboxes.

Tom Riding recalls below........

"Having bought all five tractor units for £40,000 they had originally been fitted with Allison 5 speed automatic gearboxes.

We converted them to Fuller 9509 manual direct top gearboxes and coupled to their original 3.7 : 1 final drive ratio they all turned out to be superb machines.

Having been previously maintained by Watney's to a high standard all five were very successful for us".

After five years service with Riding's LYM 391X was sold on to Billingtons Transport on the 20th of July 1990 for £3,250 + vat

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LYM 391X Fleet No 1 'Precursor', powered by a Cummins E290 engine, is pictured here after being withdrawn from the fleet.

 Minus it's headboard, tax disc and operators licence it was used as a yard shunter for short period of time before being sold on to Billingtons Transport on the 20th of July 1990 for £3,250 + vat.

Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne. 

Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LYM 392X Fleet No 79 'Hardwicke', powered by a Cummins E290 engine, was another of the five second hand 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit's that Tom Riding acquired from George Wood of Huddersfield on the 1st of November 1985 at a cost of £8,000 plus vat each.

 Registered new to Watney Mann on the 1st of December 1981 LYM 392 had originally been fitted with an Allison 5 speed automatic gearbox while operated by Watney Mann. >

On arrival at Longridge Riding's converted them all to Fuller 9509 manual direct top gearboxes coupled to their original 3.7 : 1 final drive. 

 When eleven years old after seven years service with Riding's LYM 392X was sold on the 18th of May 1992 to a Mr Bond of Hesketh Bank near Preston for £1,750 plus vat.

Main photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.

 Purchased second hand in 1983 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LYM 251X Fleet No 9 was the second of three tractor unit's in the Riding fleet which, over the years, carried the 'Dreadnought' name - it replaced 400 Series Seddon Atkinson tractor unit Reg No WCK 546R.

The naming of Riding's vehicles began with Atkinson Borderer Reg No AMS 113K which was bought second hand from another TDG group company, Monklands, after they ceased trading.

AMS 113K was given the name 'Invincible' by Tom Riding who initially gave the tractor unit names corresponding with steam locomotives.

Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.

  Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 126X Fleet No 23 'Auld Reekie' was one of a batch of several ex London Carriers Seddon Atkinson 401 tractor units that Tom Riding purchased second-hand in April 1986.

 Powered by a Cummins E290 Big Cam engine it is seen here on the A59 Skipton by-pass returning to Longridge after recovering broken down Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No E230 NFR Fleet No 21 'Hal O' The Wynd'.

Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.

 Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 150X Fleet No 41 'Dauntless' was registered new on the 4th of November 1981 by it's previous owner London Carriers.

It was one of the batch of ex London Carriers Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor units that Tom Riding purchased second-hand in April 1986 with RPL 150X costing £8,350 plus vat.

 It is seen here coupled up to one of two special tri-axle trailers built by Wheelbase Engineering to move cylinders of phosgene gas manufactured at ICI Ltd Burn Naze.

 The cylinders were held by strong screwed clamps to the main chassis section of the trailer.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards

 Another shot of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 150X 'Dauntless' which was registered new by it's previous owner London Carriers on the 4th of November 1981. 

 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine it is seen here with a nice tidy tautliner being used on pvc bagged stock transfer from the ICI Ltd Hillhouse plant near Blackpool to Riding's depot at Longridge for transfer into Riding's bulk tankers.

Driver Ron Williams took this picture after stopping outside his house for dinner.

  Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RPL 151X Fleet No 65 'Conquerer' was registered new by London Carriers on the 4th of November 1981.

This was another of the batch of nine ex London Carriers Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor units that Tom Riding bought second-hand.

Purchased in April 1986, when five years old, from local dealer Syd Hartley RPL 151X cost £8350 plus vat.

 It then spent all its remaining life with Riding's based at their Motherwell depot shunting the trailers that were sent up overnight from Longridge.

After five years service with Riding's RPL 151X was finally scrapped in 1991.

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ERP 160X Fleet No 91 'Phoenix 11' was powered by a Cummins E290 engine and driven by Ian Smith.

Originally new in March 1982 Tom Riding bought it second hand for £4,500 plus vat in August 1986 from Translitre of Burton on Trent when it was four years old.

 Pictured above it is seen parked in the depot at Longridge coupled to a tri-axle trombone extending trailer loaded with steel plate but normally it hauled a powder tanker, like in the picture below, as it was fitted with blowing gear. 

 In October 1990, after four years service, ERP 160X was sold to Thomason Transport of Hindley Green for £3,500 plus vat.

 Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ERP 160X Fleet No 91 'Phoenix 11'.

 Fitted with blowing gear it is seen here coupled to a 1450 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf non tipping powder tank to which it was normally allocated while in the Riding fleet.

 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

  Another second-hand purchase by Riding's was Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No KHW 979X Fleet No 104 'Iron Duke'.

 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine it was originally registered new on the 1st of June 1982 and purchased second-hand when just two years old in 1984.

 KHW 979X remained in service with Riding's for four years until it was sold on to Translitre of Burton on Trent on the 15th of August 1988 for £2,600 plus vat.

It is seen here leaving the yard at Longridge looking quite smart hauling a tandem axle curtain-sider in a variation of the Timax/Bainbridge livery.

 Another shot Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No KHW 979X Fleet No 104 'Iron Duke'.

 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine it was originally registered new on the 1st of June 1982 and purchased second-hand by Riding's when two years old in 1984.

It is pictured above parked in the depot at Longridge while coupled to a 40 foot tri-axle flat trailer loaded with steel plate from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.

 KHW 979X remained in service with Riding's for four years after which time it was sold on the 15th of August 1988 to Translitre of Burton on Trent for £2,600 plus vat.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VPM 233Y Fleet No 15 'Black Douglas' was originally registered new on the 1st of August 1982 to London Carriers and bought second hand by Riding's in April 1987 when five years old.

 It is seen here after arriving at the British Steel Corporation Ravenscraig steel works in Lanarkshire with a loaded tri-axle powder tanker.

 Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 tractor unit Reg No VPW 233Y Fleet No 15 'Black Douglas'.

Seen here while the driver takes a break, on the old A6 on top of Shap Fell in Cumbria, this particular tractor unit would normally be pulling a powder tanker but on this day was having a change hauling a tri-axle flat trailer loaded with smaller separate tanks. 

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VPM 235Y Fleet No 61 ' Highland Laddie' was registered new on the 1st of August 1982.

 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine Tom Riding bought it second hand from London Carriers in April 1987 for £4,500 plus vat unfortunately on arrival at Longridge it was found to have a crankshaft problem which was quickly sorted out in Riding's own workshops.

 Scrapped in October 1996, when the engine was removed and sold to Hatwood exports, it is seen here towards the end of its working life on shunting duties at Longridge depot during the transfer of bagged ICI powder into a powder tanker for onward delivery.

 Previously to this it had worked hard out hauling steel of the Motherwell depot for quite a number of years.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 Throughout the 1980's Riding's invested heavily in brand new Seddon Atkinson tractor units.

 A brand new addition to the fleet on 1st of September 1983 was Reg No A900 KFR Fleet No 81 'Dominant'.

 Powered by an eight cylinder Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine it was driven from new by Bill Coolican.

 Registered new on the 1st of September 1983, at a cost of £26,725, it gave ten years service until it was scrapped in January 1993 with the engine removed and sold on for export for £2,500.

 On the right Reg No E180 NBV Fleet No 29 'Britannia' was a Seddon Atkinson 411 4x2 tractor unit powered by Gardner 6LXDT 290 bhp engine which was registered new on the 1st of May 1988 at a cost of £29,355 22p plus vat.

 Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.

 

Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A360 KFR Fleet No 80 'Majestic' was a brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of September 1983 at a cost of £23,369.90p.

It was powered by a Gardner 300 eight cylinder turbo engine, in line with a Fuller 11609 gearbox and Rockwell axle which was Riding's standard spec at the time.

 Pictured above parked in Accrington, while carrying a load of double decked pallets from ICI Wilton, it was driven from new by Albert Brown who also lived in Accrington.

 Albert drove for Riding's for 28 years but had a stroke whilst driving this vehicle over Blubberhouse resulting in it running off the road.

Unfortunately Albert never recovered enough to return to work and died shortly after.

 As for A360 KFR it remained in service with Riding's for 10 years after which time it was dismantled and the Gardner engine sold on to Hartwood exports of Barnsley for £2.500 plus vat on the 11th November 1993.

 Registered new on the 1st of March 1984 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A190 OCW Fleet No 58 'Resolute' is pictured parked in the depot at Longridge one weekend in 1988.

It is coupled to a forty foot tri-axle flat trailer loaded with sheet steel from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.

Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester. 

 Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A190 OCW Fleet No 58 'Resolute' this time pictured on the road at Longridge with a load of Heinz goods whilst waiting to turn into the depot.

 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

 Registered new on the 1st of April 1984 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A350 PCW Fleet No 82 'Jubilant' is seen here rounding the roundabout at the Eastern end of the Skipton by-pass.

Powered by a Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine and driven on a regular basis by Fred Squires it is pictured hauling a forty foot tri-axle trailer with a nice and tidy well sheeted 24 ton load of bagged cement from the Castle Cement plant at Clitheroe in Lancashire destined for their facility at Teesside.

 Photograph courtesy of PM Photography and the late Colin Wright.

  A close up colour shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A350 PCW Fleet No 82 'Jubilant'.

 Seen her parked up in the yard at Longridge it is coupled up to a forty foot tr-axle trailer fully loaded with pallets of Heinz products from Wigan.

 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

 Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A390 RFR Fleet No 84 'Borderer' was powered by a Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine.

 Registered new on the 1st of June 1984 this particular tractor unit operated 24 hours a day and had quite a busy life.

During the day it would run from Penrith taking Heinz products up to the Dundee area and would then reload steel from Motherwell back to Penrith.

On nights it would bring its loaded trailer of steel down to Longridge, take a trailer to Teesside and bring one back to Longridge, and then collect its own trailer for the following day and take it back home up to Penrith.

It was allocated to Peter Fallowfield on days and is seen here at Penrith while loaded with steel plates from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.

Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

Another shot of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No A390 RFR Fleet No 84 'Borderer'.

Don't be fooled by the replacement 301 grille, as with most Seddon Atkinson parts, they were fully interchangeable on different models.

 Powered by a Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine and registered new on the 1st of June 1984 this particular tractor unit operated 24 hours a day.

 During the day A390 RFR ran from Penrith taking Heinz products up to the Dundee area and would then reload steel from Motherwell back down to Penrith.

On nights it would bring its loaded trailer of steel down to Longridge, take another to Teesside and bring one back to Longridge, and then collect its own trailer for the following day and take it back home up to Penrith.

Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B131 TND Fleet No 6 'El Capitan'  was driven on days by Ted Bamber and originally registered new by Seddon Atkinson on the 12th of November 1984.

 This particular tractor unit was actually a prototype built by Seddon Atkinson that was fitted with a Pegaso 360 engine in line with a 16 speed ZF gearbox.

 It was sent to Riding's on extended trials for fuel consumption were it was used on days on the North East runs and Motherwell on nights running 24 hours a day.

 Seddon Atkinson eventually decided to stop the trials and sold it on to Riding's, the only drawback being that it had a long cable gear change which was heavy and was the worst aspect of the tractor unit.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B131 TND Fleet No 6 'El Capitan' is pictured here again this time at Wakefield in West Yorkshire.

Driven on days by Ted Bamber this particular tractor unit was a prototype built by Seddon Atkinson who registered it new on the 12th of November 1984. 

Powered by a Pegaso 360 engine in line with a 16 speed ZF gearbox it was sent to Riding's on extended trials for fuel consumption were it was used 24 hours.

 On days it was allocated to North East runs and Motherwell trunk on nights.

It is shown here one weekend on a unusual job, loading railway lines at Wakefield destined for Skipton.

Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B800 YFR Fleet No 75 'Great Western', powered by a Gardner 8LXCT 300 bhp engine, is pictured here coupled to a forty foot tri-axle flat platform trailer delivering the last 4 bags of cement to a ship berthed in Tees dock.

This was part of an order for 20,000 tons from Castle Cement at Clitheroe which went to the Ascension Islands to build a runway after the Falklands war.

 Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B240 VCW Fleet No 25 'Night Hawk' 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 who is pictured here after coming in to the depot with a max load of Heinz products from Wigan for onward movement to Scotland.

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

Another shot of 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.

Parked up for he weekend in Longridge Depott in 1988, it is coupled up to one of the many tri-axle curtain sider trailer's that Riding's operated at that time.

Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.

 Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B520 VCK Fleet No 85 'Caledonian' was fitted with a Gardner 8LXCT 300 engine in line with a Fuller 11609 gearbox.

 Registered new on the 1st of September 1984, at a cost of £24,826 90p plus vat, this particular tractor unit spent its working life on Motherwell change over during the night while shunting trailers to Lancashire and the Midlands during the day.

It was driven on nights by Thurston Greenall and on days by Tom Ibison who were both long serving Riding's drivers.

It was finally laid to rest on the 10th of August 1993 with it's Gardner engine unusually sold on to well known Scammell operator S Harrison of Sheffield for £2,700 plus vat.

 Normally most of Riding's old Gardner engines were exported to the far east to power junks in Hong Kong Harbour.

 Another shot of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No B520 VCK Fleet No 85 'Caledonian'.

 Fitted with a Gardner 8LXCT 300 engine in line with a Fuller 11609 gearbox it is seen here in the yard at Longridge loaded with sheet steel from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.

Note the Carefoot Seddon Atkinson tipper in the adjacent yard operated by Walter Carefoot who was the late Jim Riding's brother-in-law.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4X2 tractor unit Reg No B380 YRN Fleet No 86 'Great Northern' was fitted with a Gardner 8LXCT 300 engine.

Registered new by Riding's on the 1st of March 1985 at a cost of £25,412 it was driven from new by Joe Keir and based at Thornaby depot.

This particular tractor unit was normally involved on the Wilton - Pontypool movement of Nylon chip running in tandem with Seddon Atkinson 401 Reg No B 800 YFR.

It is seen here heading South on the A1 at the old Wetherby roundabout in West Yorkshire hauling a 20 foot tandem axle skeletal trailer carrying a 20 foot ISO chemical tank on its way to the American Air Force base at Lakenheath.

On arrival at Lakenheath it swapped trailer's so they can use the product as and when required, returning home to Teesside with the previously dropped trailer.

 After being in service for seven years B380 YRN was scrapped in September 1992 and it's Gardner engine sold on.

Photograph courtesy of Roy Beecher.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C850 GFV Fleet No 88 'Challenger' was registered new on the 1st of September 1985. 

Powered by a Gardner 320 16 litre engine it is seen here parked in the depot at Longridge loaded and ready for the off the following morning.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C200 HRN Fleet No 94 'Ark Royal' was powered by the reliable Gardner 6 LYT 16 litre 320 engine.

Registered new on the 1st of October 1985, at a cost of £26,496, it was out based at the Runcorn works of ICI Ltd and was driven all of it's life by the late Jack Kelly who lived in Widnes.

Pictured here at Longridge depot, coupled to a Carmichael 2000 cubic foot non tipping tank, the outfit spent its life doing a load a day down to YIP at Swindon in Wiltshire.

 Jack, who had previously driven 180 and 240 Gardner's, could not believe the power that the big Gardner 320 delivered and said to Tom Riding that he looked for hills to climb to experience the power of the engine.

At the end of its working life at Riding's C200 HRN was sold to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for £2,075 plus vat on the 23rd of December 1993.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4X2 tractor unit Reg No C300 HFV Fleet No 63 'Great Britain' was originally fitted with a Gardner 6LYT  320 16 litre engine.

Registered new on the 1st of October 1985, at a cost of £26,496 plus vat, it was was based at Riding's Thornaby Teesside depot and driven from new by Jimmy Renton.

 Unusually, for some reason, it's Gardner 320 engine was removed in February 1994 and replaced with a Cummins E290 big cam unit.

The picture above, taken on the old A1 South at Wetherby roundabout in West Yorkshire, shows it coupled to a 1600 cubic foot Murfitt tank with the outfit used on the countrywide delivery of plastic products from ICI Ltd Wilton.

 After nine years service C300 HFV was sold on to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for £2,250 plus vat on the 4th of November 1994.

Photograph courtesy of Roy Beecher.

  A winters shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 4X2 tractor unit Reg No C300 HFV Fleet No 63 'Great Britain' seen here with driver Neal Dunning from Thornaby depot stuck in snow on the A65 outside Skipton.

 Driver Mick Spencer, who took the photograph, recalls.....

 "Three of our night trunk drivers, Neal Dunning, Eric Spence, & John Aspinall were all stranded due to the heavy snow that night.

 I picked all three of them up, from Skipton police station, and took them back to my house for the night.

 I gave them all a good breakfast in the morning then took them back to their vehicles the next day when the road had been cleared.

Happy Days".

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C970 JBV Fleet No 97 'Polar Star' was registered new on the 1st of November 1985.

Powered by the reliable Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine it is seen here at Hayes Pipes of Lurgan in Northern Ireland.

 Tom Riding recalls....

"Sometimes our drivers had to shift a fair bit of rubbish to get access to their delivery point's as this picture clearly shows".

Photograph courtesy of Fred Bretherton.

 A close up shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C970 JBV Fleet No 97 'Polar Star' which was driven Fred Bretherton.

 Registered new on the 1st of November 1985, and powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine, it is pictured here parked in the depot at Longridge while coupled to a Carmichael 2000 cubic foot non tipping tri-axle powder tanker.

Photograph courtesy of the late Jim Taylor. 

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C980 JCK Fleet No 30 'Patriot' was a brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of November 1985 at a cost of £26,458 50p.

 Pictured above coupled to an EVC liveried 2000 cubic foot non tipping tri-axle powder tanker, built by Carmicheal, it was powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine.

 Fitted with blowing equipment C980 JCK was driven from new by the late Jimmy Holden who had been another long time Riding's man.

 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne

Another fine shot showing Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C980 JCK Fleet No 30 'Patriot' seen here later in life.

A brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of November 1985 at a cost of £26,458 50p it was powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine, and was driven from new by the late Jimmy Holden.

Pictured above parked in the depot at Longridge, coupled up to a 1540 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf powder tanker, it was late in 1992 when C980 JCK was finally withdrawn from service and rather than being sold on was for some reason broken up for parts as can be seen here. >

The Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine was sold on to Hartwood Exports for a customer in Honk Kong while the cab was sold on the Longton Coach Craft.

 

  Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C490 JHG Fleet No 10 'Relentless' was registered new by Riding's on the 1st of December 1985.

 Powered by the reliable Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine it is seen here when relatively new parked in the depot coupled to a tri-axle flat trailer loaded with steel plate from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.

 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.

 Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C490 JHG Fleet No 10 'Relentless'.

Pictured here in later days you will notice how the Seddon Atkinson logo has faded away, a common problem which occurred with the front grills of the 401 Series.

 Registered new on the 1st of December 1985 it is pictured in Longridge depot while coupled up to a forty foot tri-axle flat trailer loaded with steel castings. 

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C50 OBV Fleet No 72 'Vulcan' was powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine.

 Registered new on the 1st of June 1986 at a cost of £27468 plus vat it was driven from new by Alan Bretherton and used on general haulage.

Pictured above with a fully loaded tri-axle flat trailer it was later involved in an accident coming out of Edinburgh when it went off the road into a ditch resulting in the vehicle being totaly written off >

 

Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C50 OBV Fleet No 72 'Vulcan'.

Powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine it is pictured here in Longridge on the 14th of February 1993 with a full load of GKN pallets destined for the Heinz factory at Wigan.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C450 OCK Fleet No 32 'Illustrious' powered by a Gardner 6LYT 16 litre 320 engine was registered new on the 1st of June 1986 at a cost of £27,468 plus vat.

Seen here parked up on the M6 Motorway Southwaite Service area in Cumbria it is hauling a tri-axle Murfitt 1600 cubic foot non tipping powder tank.

 Driven from new by Ken Marle, a man with many years service at Riding's, he is pictured in the passenger seat while having his statutory break.

Unusually for some reason C450 OCK was scrapped in March 1993 after only seven years service with Riding's.

Photograph courtesy of Bill Reid.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D570 SFR Fleet No 27 'Valliant II' was powered by a 16 litre Gardner 6LYT engine and was registered new on the 1st of August 1986.

 It is pictured here parked up for the weekend in the depot at Longridge while coupled up to a fully loaded forty foot tri-axle flat trailer ready for the off first thing Monday morning.

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D570 SFR Fleet No 27 'Valliant II', powered by a 16 litre Gardner 6LYT engine is seen here again parked in the depot at Longridge.

 Registered new on the 1st of August 1986 it is seen here after being in service for six years while coupled up to a fully loaded forty foot tri-axle trailer on the 21st of November 1992.

 Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D570 SFR Fleet No 27 'Valliant II'.

 Driven from new by John Kellet it is seen here approaching the southern end of the A65 Skipton by-pass hauling a York built pillar less tandem axle curtainsider trailer.

Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D880 SHG Fleet No 90 'Cock o'The North' was registered new on the 1st of September 1986 at a cost of £30,023 plus vat.

 Tom Riding continues below....

"I seem to remember this was the first Gardner 6LXDT we operated and it covered a massive amount of mileage with no problems.

 This engine had been built at Patricroft before they decided to have them built by London Transport workshops an act of folly which caused many problems with subsequent engines until production reverted back to Patricroft.

This particular tractor unit spent years on the Bainbridge contract running to Enfield and back on nights and Birmingham and back on days.

Paul Spearriett drove it from new on nights and Neil Jackson was it's day man.

 Another very interesting fact is that the Bridgestone M711 pattern tyres fitted when new on the drive axle did a massive 262.000 miles with just a regroove."

  An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D880 SHG Fleet No 90 'Cock o'The North' seen here on the M6 near Keele.

 Registered new on the 1st of September 1986, at a cost of £30,023 plus vat, it spent years on the Bainbridge contract running to Enfield and back on nights and Birmingham and back on days.

 Paul Spearriett drove it from new on nights and Neil Jackson was it's day man.

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D400 SRN Fleet No 33 'Lord of the Isles' was powered by a Gardner 6LXDT engine in line with a Fuller twin splitter gearbox.

Registered new on the 1st of September 1986 at a cost £30,023 80p plus vat it is seen here as a dedicated Timax contract motor pulling a 40 foot tandem axle tautliner trailer.

 Driven on days from new by Tim Dewhurst
it would also have been used on nights as and when it was available.

On the 1st of April 1993 it's original engine was removed and a Gardner 6LYT 320 out of the wreck of Seddon Atkinson 401 4x2 tractor unit Reg No C50 OBV Fleet No 72 'Vulcan' was fitted in its place.

The unit at this time was also uplifted from 32 to 38 tons GVW after which time it was assigned to the general haulage fleet.

 in August 1995 it was decided to scrap D400 SRN with its cab transferred on to Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D570 SFR Fleet No 27 'Valliant II'.

 'Quite an eventful life'.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D30 MVR Fleet No 67 'Thane Of Fife', powered by a Cummins big cam E320 engine, was originally registered new on the 1st of December 1986.

 D30 MVR had originally been a Seddon Atkinson demonstrator tractor unit first purchased by R.J. Rich of Longridge.
 
Tom riding continues in detail below....
 "Ron drove for us quite a while before leaving to start his own powder haulage business which is still successful today.
 
Unfortunately D30 MVR was badly damaged in an accident just south of Ripon whilst being used by his company.
 
I went over to take a look at the damaged unit and convinced myself that the engine and gearbox assembly were fine so i bought the mess from Ron for £3,000 plus vat on the 25th of October 1989.
 
When we went to collect it the chassis broke in two as we attempted to pick it up, however, we took it back to Longridge were we rectified all the problems and it turned out to be a first class machine which we continued to use for seven years until the 30th of September 1996 when it was sold to a dealer in Liverpool for £1,500 plus vat. 
 
It is seen here pulling a tandem axle step frame Timax curtainsider trailer which was normally a task allocated to our Gardner or Perkins engined vehicles as they were normally more fuel efficient".

 Pictured at the Bainbridge exhaust plant, at Glasson Dock near Lancaster, driver Ronnie Wiliams is about to depart in Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D30 MVR Fleet No 67 'Thane Of Fife' hauling a tandam axle curtain-sider trailer in Timax contract livery.

Registered new on the 1st of December 1986 D30 MVR had originally been a Seddon Atkinson demonstrator tractor unit first purchased by R.J. Rich of Longridge. 

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D30 MVR Fleet No 67 'Thane Of Fife' sees it running solo on the A585 as it leaves Fleetwood on the 16th of June 1993.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D70 XBV Fleet No 52 'Lode Star II' was registered new on the 1st of February 1987 at a cost of £27,878 52p plus vat.

 Powered by a Gardner 6LXDT engine, in line with a Fuller twin splitter gearbox, it was driven from new by long time serving Riding's driver Norman Brewer and was used on the Timax contract as a day roamer but would have also been used on nights when it was available.

This particular tractor unit was fitted with a new 6LXDT engine on the 7th of December 1989 after suffering a premature engine failure.

After seven years service with Riding's D70 XBV was finally sold on the 4th of November 1994 for £2,250 plus vat to J.C. Commercials of Bootle.

 Driver Norman Brewer prepares leave the depot in Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D70 XBV Fleet No 52 'Lode Star II'.

 Registered new on the 1st of February 1987 at a cost of £27,878 52p plus vat it was powered by a Gardner 6LXDT engine in line with a Fuller twin splitter gearbox and remained in service with Riding's for seven years.

Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne. 

 Registered new on the 1st of March 1987 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D100 XHG Fleet No 69 'Hotspur II' was powered by a Gardner 6LXDT 290 engine.

 It was driven from new by the late Richard Walton who was another life time Riding's man.

D100 XHG is seen here resting at Penrith while coupled up to a 1540 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf tanker that had been converted from a tandem axle to a tri-axle configuration.

 The particular outfit at the time was based in Penrith and was used on Castle Cement work doing two trips every 24 hours between Clitheroe and Coatbridge.

 D100 XHG was sold on the 18th August 1995 to J.C. Commercials of Liverpool for £2,200 plus vat and must have been almost the last vehicle that Tom Riding sold before his retirement in October 1995.

  Another picture Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D100 XHG Fleet No 69 'Hotspur II' which was registered new on the 1st of March 1987.

 Pictured in the depot at Longridge it is seen here after just coupling up to a fully loaded forty foot tri-axle trailer as driver, the late Richard Walton, winds the landing gear up before departing.

 After eight years service with Riding's D100 XHG was withdrawn and sold on the 18th August 1995 to J.C. Commercials of Liverpool for £2,200 plus vat.

Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.

  Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D950 XFV Fleet No 19 'Flying Dutchman II' was registered new on the 6th of March 1987. Powered by a Gardner 270 engine it was driven from new by Ted Dixon.

Chris Richards, who took this picture on the 25th of July 1992 when D950 XFV was five years old, captured it just coming off the fuel island at Longridge depot.

 Originally, when new, this vehicle was one of several in the Riding fleet that were used on contract to Solrec and painted in the company's striking yellow livery. >

 Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D60 WRN  Fleet No 26 'Sans Pareil II' was the last 401 Series to enter service with Riding's shortly before the updated 4-11 Series was launched by Seddon Atkinson.

Registered new on the 2nd of February 1987 it is seen here coupled up to a tandem axle curtain-sider in the livery of Timax Exhaust Products with whom Riding's had a major contract which ran out of the company's production facilities located at Squires Gate Blackpool and Glasson Dock near Lancaster.

Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.

 Towards the end of its working life at Riding's Reg No D60 WRN became the yard shunter at Longridge as can be seen here in this photograph taken in November 1994.

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 A nice on the road working shot of Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No D60 WRN Fleet No 26 'Sans Pareil II'

Registered new on the 2nd of February 1987 it is seen here heading South down the M5 in Gloucestershire hauling a 40 foot tandem axle curtain-sider in the contract livery of Timax/Bainbridge Exhaust Products.

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