Seddon Atkinson Strato

After coming under the control of ENASA, a Spanish conglomerate formed around Pegaso, Seddon Atkinson began to incorporate some components from Spain.


 The introduction of the Strato range saw the use of the CabTec cab which was shared with DAF and Volvo.


Tom Riding recalls below.......


 "The Seddon Atkinson factory at Oldham launched the new Strato and originally fitted it with a Cummins 14 litre engine which we thought was to heavy and to thirsty.


However later when the Strato became available with the Cummins L10 325 engine we had the first one out of the factory but due to the long delay we were committed to the large order that we had in place with ERF so this became just a one off.


We did later purchase a number of Strato's fitted with the Perkins 335TX engine but by then unfortunately the damage had been done to Seddon Atkinson".


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The first brand new Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit to enter service with Riding's on the 1st of May 1989 was Reg No F500 BFV Fleet No 24 'Invincible' at a cost of £30.027.65p plus vat.


 Powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine it was the first one off the production line fitted with this size of engine, all subsequent brand new Seddon Atkinson Strato's in the Riding fleet would be powered by the Perkins 335TX engine.


 Driven from new by Reg Nuttall is is seen here in July 1991 with a trailer load of plate steel while parked in the depot at Longridge.


Unfortunately F500 BFV 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.


 You can see the aftermath of the fire in the dedicated F500 BFV section.


In 2012 Corgi released a 1:50 scale model of this particular vehicle at a cost of £89.99 with a limited production run of 750.


 More details here on in Corgi Models


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F996 RCK Fleet No 77 'Sir Tristram' was powered by a Cummins 14 litre engine.


 It is pictured here at Longridge with a Metalair tank loaded with 25 tons of cement for Coatbridge.


  Tom Riding continues below....


 "This was one of five Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor units that i bought from my good friend Dick Wells.


His company originally had them on hire to British Nuclear Fuels at the local Springfield's site on a three year contract from 1988.


At the end of that period, in 1991, i purchased them from him and subsequently they all turned out to be good machines".


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F996 RCK Fleet No 77 'Sir Tristram'


Powered by a Cummins 14 litre engine it is seen here in the depot at Longridge while coupled up to 33 foot skelly tipping trailer with a 30 foot Verbrugge container on board.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Purchased second-hand in 1991 when three years old Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F997 RCK Fleet No 78 'Sir Galahad' had originally been registered new on the 1st of October 1988.


F997 RCK was another of the five Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor units that Tom Riding bought second hand from Dick Wells whose company originally had them on hire to British Nuclear Fuels at the local Springfield's site on a 3 year contract from 1988 until 1991.


It is pictured here heading North on the old A74 towards Beattock summit in the southern lowlands of Scotland while hauling a tri-axle Metalair cement tanker.


A close up colour shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F997 RCK Fleet No 78 'Sir Galahad' coupled up to aMetalair-Fiilliat tri-axle 25 ton payload cement tanker.


Originally registered new on the 1st of October 1988 F997 RCK was purchased second-hand by Riding's when three years old in 1991.


This was one of the five Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor units Tom Riding bought second hand from Dick Wells whose company originally had them on hire to British Nuclear Fuels at the local Springfield's site on a three year contract from 1988 until 1991.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F815 GNA Fleet No 17 'Highland Chieftain' was registered new on the 11th of November 1988.


 Driven by the late Bill Lambert it is seen here in European Vinyls Corporation Ltd contract livery coupled to a 2000 cubic foot non tipping tank built by Carmichael.


Bill Lambert, who lived in Longridge all his life and drove for Riding's for over forty years, sadly passed away on the 30th of December 2014.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F828 GNA Fleet No 112 'Defiant' was powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine.


Originally registered new on the 1st of December 1988 Tom Riding bought it second hand when it was just two years old from local dealer Syd Hartley on the 5th of November 1990 at a cost of £17,000 plus vat.


Driven by Joe Gannon, a driver from Burnley who was employed by Riding's for quite fair while, it is pictured here while coupled up to one of the many standard forty foot flat tri-axle crane Fruehauf trailer's that Riding's had in their fleet at that time.


After being in the fleet for six years it was sold on to J Commercials of Liverpool for £1,800 plus vat on the 27th of November 1996.


An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F828 GNA Fleet No 112 'Defiant'.


 Seen here hauling a tri-axle curtainsider trailer it is pictured at the Windy Harbour crossroads on the A585 between the M55 and the ICI Hillhouse plant at Thornton on a wet winters day.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F833 LJR Fleet No 71 'Vanguard' was registered new on the 7th of February 1989 and was powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine.


This was another Strato purchased second hand by Tom Riding who bought it from local dealer Syd Hartley on the 23rd of July 1991 for the sum of £15,000 plus vat.


 It is pictured here parked in Longridge depot on the 9th of April 1994 coupled up to a 33ft tri-axle skelly trailer with a standard 30ft Bell container on board.


Driven on a regular basis by the late David Fletcher it was finally sold on the 19th of March 1998 to D G Taylor of Driffield long after Tom Riding retired from the company.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


A motorway shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F833 LJR Fleet No 71 'Vanguard'.


 Seen here heading East at Junction 3 of the M55 it is hauling a tri-axle step frame curtainsider trailer in the contract livery of Timax exhaust systems.


Registered new on the 7th of February 1989, and powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine, it remained in service with Riding's for almost seven years until it was sold on in March 1998, two years after the retirement of Tom Riding.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Another motorway shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F833 LJR Fleet No 71 'Vanguard'.


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


 It is pictured here hauling one of Riding's many forty foot tri-axle flat trailer's which is loaded with empty GKN pallets.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F881 RRK Fleet No 111 'Sir Bedivere' was powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine.


 Registered new on the 2nd of May 1989 it entered service with the Riding fleet on the 24th of September 1990 after being bought second hand at a cost of £17,750 plus vat from Ryland North West Ltd who had utilised it as their demonstrator tractor unit.


Driven by Alan Greenwood it is seen here at Longridge depot in April 1993 while coupled up to a newly re-furbished Carmichael tipping tank for use on the RMC contract.


 It would have been loaded with Castle cement for delivery in Scotland on its way to Riding's Motherwell depot.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G891 HFR Fleet No 83 'Great Northern' was originally registered new on the 1st of August 1989 with Tom Riding having bought it from local dealer R J & I wells Ltd on the 1st of August 1992 when three years old.


 It had been on hire to British Nuclear Fuels at Salwick and when the time came that the three year hire agreement was complete Riding's purchased a total of five of them.


Driven by the late Jimmy Milsom, out of Riding's Teesside depot, G891 HFR was normally used on general haulage but unusually for some reason is seen here coupled to one of the company's 1450 cubic foot non tipping powder tankers.


As this particular tractor unit was not fitted with any discharge equipment it could only have being used to move the tanker inter depot or may be for an MOT.


Note the new white bumper assembly which must have just been fitted and had yet to be painted.


    Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor               unit Reg No G891 HFR Fleet No 83 'Great Northern'


It is pictured here in 1994 while parked on the Ferrybridge Service area just off the A1 in West Yorkshire coupled to a      forty foot tri-axle trailer loaded with raw timber for the                             manufacture of wooden pallets.


 Seen here parked on the West bound side of Hartshead  Moor Service area, on the M62 in West Yorkshire, Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G891 HFR Fleet No  83 'Great Northern' takes a break during it's journey after      collecting a 30 foot Bell Line container from Teesside                                                          Docks.   


This final shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G891 HFR Fleet No 83 'Great Northern' shows it here in November 1996 towards the end of its working life at Riding's.


At the time this photograph was taken quite a large number of the tractor unit's and trailers had been re-branded into the TDG Nexus scarab green livery following the retirement of managing director Tom Riding some twelve months previously.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G892 HFR Fleet No 84 'Preston Guild' was powered by a Cummins 320 engine big cam engine and driven by Ted Bamber.


 Originally registered new on the 1st of August 1989 Tom Riding bought it from local dealer R J & I wells Ltd on the 1st of August 1992 for £17,250 plus vat.


 This was another Seddon Atkinson Strato's that had been on hire to British Nuclear Fuels at Salwick and when the the time came that the three year hire agreement was complete Riding's purchased a total of five of them which all turned out to be superb machines.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G892 HFR Fleet No 84 'Preston Guild'.


 Living up to it's name it is seen here during the 1992 Preston Guild celebrations on the Preston inner ring road opposite the Timax offices.


 It is hauling a curtain sider trailer and with the curtains removed decked out as a Timax Exhaust advertising float.


 G892 HFR never normally pulled a Timax curtain sider as it was used almost exclusively on Riding's North West - North East service driven by Ted Bamber who i am reliably informed 'used to chase it on a bit'.


Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G21 WVT Fleet No 37 'Sir Lionel' was registered on the 1st of August 1989.


 Powered by a Cummins L10 engine G21 WVT was originally new to ANC Parcels and was one of four Stratocruiser's Tom Riding bought second hand from local dealer Syd Hartley in April 1992.


It is seen here parked in the depot at Longridge coupled to a forty foot tri-axle trailer with a 24 ton load of bagged cement for delivery to Coatbridge.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G22 WVT Fleet No 38 'Sir Lamorak' was registered on the 1st of August 1989.


Powered by a Cummins L10 engine and originally new to ANC Parcels G22 WVT was another of the four Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser's that Tom Riding bought second hand from local dealer Syd Hartley in April 1992 when they were three years old.


 Pictured here parked up on a motorway service area, as the driver takes a break, it is coupled to a 33 foot tri-axle skelly tipping trailer with a 30 foot container on board.

 

Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G23 WVT Fleet No 65 'Sir Gawain'.


Registered new on the 1st of August 1989 G23 WVT was another of the batch of four ex ANC Parcels Stratocruiser's that Tom Riding bought from local dealer Syd Hartley in April 1992.


It is pictured here in Longridge depot with a full load of GKN pallets destined for the Heinz food manufacturing plant at Wigan.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G23 WVT Fleet No 65 'Sir Gawain' which was originally registered new to ANC Parcels on the 1st of August 1989.


One of four puchased second hand from local dealer Syd Hartley in 1992, when three years old, G23 WVT was assigned to the general haulage fleet.


 It is seen here coupled up to one of the company's extending trombone tri-axle trailer's loaded with sheets of steel plate from the British Steel Corporation plant at Ravenscraig in Scotland.


Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G30 WVT Fleet No 75 'Sir Geraint' was registered new to ANC Parcels on the 1st of August 1989.


 Powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine Tom Riding bought it second hand on the 24th of April 1992 when three years old from local dealer Syd Hartley for £13,500 plus vat.


Originally new to ANC Parcels the opportunity arose for Tom Riding to buy four of these vehicles, which he duly did.


Driven by John Barker G30 WVT was based at Riding's Teesside depot and is seen here hauling a 2000 cubic foot Carmichael tanker which was used for the countywide distribution of plastic products on behalf of ICI Ltd Wilton Works.


On the 27th of January 1998 after being in service with Riding's for a total of six years G30 WVT was sold on to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for £2,000 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of Roy Beecher.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G30 WVT Fleet No 75 'Sir Geraint' which was originally new to ANC Parcels.


Powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine it was one of four Stratocruiser's that Tom Riding bought second hand on the 24th of April 1992 when three years old from local dealer Syd Hartley.


It is seen here preparing to tip at Mullards of Simonstone with powdered material for making television screens which was quite difficult stuff to blow out and they had to use 2 bar high pressure.


Teesside based Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G388 JKY Fleet No 104 'Iron Duke'.


Registered new on the 4th of August 1989 it is pictured coupled up to one of Riding's tri-axle 33 foot tipping skeletal trailers with an IBC 30 foot container on board.


Registered new on the 29th of August 1989 Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G26 LRM Fleet No 82 'Sir Lamiel' is seen here parked up on the west bound side of the M62 Hartshead Moor service area in West Yorkshire.


It is coupled up to a brand new Metalair tri-axle powder tanker in the corporate white and grey livery of ICI.


Photograph courtesy of the late Jim Taylor.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G26 LRM Fleet No 82 'Sir Lamiel'.


Registered new on the 29th of August 1989 it is pictured here parked up in Penrith while coupled up to a forty foot tri-axle flat trailer loaded with a 24 ton load of bagged cement from the Castle Cement plant at Clitheroe.


Seddon Atkinson Stratocruiser 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G194 AFA Fleet No 46 'Great Western', powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine, was first registered on the 7th of September 1989.


Purchased second hand when three years old from local dealer Syd Hartley in May 1992 for £13,500 it was based at Riding's Teesside depot.


Fitted with tipping and blowing equipment it is seen here on the A59 Skipton by-pass hauling a 20 foot demountable liquid tank which is sat on a 20 foot - 30 foot sliding tri-axle skelly trailer.


Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.


Seen here on trade plates when brand new day cabbed Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G916 UYV Fleet No 80 'Majestic' was a new addition to the fleet on the 1st of November 1989.


 Parked up at Longridge depot it is coupled to a Timax Bainbridge livered tautliner trailer.


 This particular tractor unit was assigned to the Falkirk night trunk trailer changeover during the early years of it's life and was driven by David Edwards.


Another shot of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G916 UYV Fleet No 80 'Majestic' which was a new addition to the fleet on the 1st of November 1989.


It is seen here at the Timax exhaust plant at Glasson Dock near Lancaster on the 9th of August 1993 after dropping it's step frame curtain sider trailer.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson Strato Reg No G820 KCW Fleet No 110 'Endeavour' was powered by a Perkins TX 335 engine.


Registered new on the 1st of November 1989, at a cost of £32,659 plus vat, it was driven from new by the late Joe Gornall who was a long time Riding's man and also a Morris Minor fanatic as can be seen by the strap line along the top of the windscreen.


G820 KCW spent its whole life on general haulage and is seen here at rest in Longridge depot loaded with steel from the British Steel Corporation plant at Ravenscraig Scotland.


 After being in service for just over eight years it was sold to on to J.C. Commercials of Liverpool for £2,000 plus vat on the 23rd of January 1998.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G921 UYV was registered new on the 1st of December 1989 and was originally operated by Esso Petroleum.


On the 8th of March 1993 Tom Riding bought it off Seddon Atkinson for £12,000 + vat after a three year buy back scheme that Esso had with Seddon Atkinson.


Powered by a L10 325 Cummins engine it was one of several low mileage former Esso 4x2 tractor units bought by Riding's at that time.


G921 UYV went into the paint shop shortly after this picture was taken and emerged as Fleet No 81 'Dominant' which can be seen in the picture below. v


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Pictured here shortly after receiving it's Riding livery day cabbed Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G921 UYV Fleet No 81 'Dominant' was originally registered new to Esso Petroleum on the 1st of December 1989 and joined the Riding fleet in March 1993 when just over three years old.


Normally based at Riding's Teesside depot it is seen here parked at Longridge coupled to one of the company's standard forty foot Crane Fruehauf tri-axle flat trailers.


The funeral of company founder Jim Riding took place on the 13th May 1991, three days before his 89th birthday.


 Jim's son Tom Riding recalls....


 "As a tribute to my father we used one of our Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor units, Reg No G830 OEO Fleet No 89 'Langdale Pikes,' as a stand in hearse.


 The picture above was taken when it stopped respectfully in the front of the depot at Longridge which was barely 300 yards from my fathers home.


The driver of the unit was the late Richard Walton who was chosen as he was the longest serving driver at the time. 


Richard had over 40 years service with the company when he eventually retired".


Contrast in style seven years apart!


 The first Seddon Atkinson 401 Series 4x2 tractor unit intorduced into the fleet in 1983, Reg No DCW 590Y Fleet No 70 'Courageuos' is parked on the left next to Seddon Atkinson Strato Reg No G830 OEO Fleet No 89 'Langdale Pikes' which was registered new on the 1st of June 1990.

 

 They are both loaded with 24 tons of Castle cement on its way to Coatbridge in Scotland from Clitheroe in Lancashire.


 Unbelievably Riding's moved a staggering 200 tons a day of bagged cement between the two plants for many years.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G750 UEC Fleet No 7 'Indomitable' was was powered by a. Perkins TX engine.


 Registered new on the 1st of June 1990 at a cost of £32,882 plus vat it was driven from new by Rodney Preston.


 It is seen here in the yard at Longridge while being loaded with ICI Corvic on pallets.


 Tom Riding recalls.....


 "This particular trailer had been fitted with a sliding curtain-side body by Nortec of Telford the intention being to carry canned goods to Scotland and return with steel plates.


 Unfortunately the scheme came to an abrupt end as we lost the Heinz traffic and the British Steel Corporation  plant also closed down which was bad news at the time."


A colour shot of Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G750 UEC Fleet No 7 'Indomitable'.


Registered new on the 1st of June 1990 at a cost of £32,882 plus vat it was driven from new by Rodney Preston.


 It is seen here parked in the depot at Longridge coupled to one of the many forty foot tri-axle flat trailers that Riding's had in their fleet at that time.


Photograph courtesy of Bill Reid.


A pair of 1990 registered Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit's are seen here parked in the depot at Longridge in 1991.


Left... Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No G750 UEC Fleet No 7 'Indomitable', registered new on the 1st of June 1990 at a cost of £32,882 plus vat, was driven from new by Rodney Preston.


Right... Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No H840 VFR Fleet No 1 'Precursor' was registered new on the 17th of August 1990.


 Painted in European Vinyl's Corporation (EVC Ltd) livery it was driven by Mick McKay and was the first Strato operated by Riding's that was fitted with a Perkins TX engine.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No H840 VFR Fleet No 1 'Precursor' was registered new on the 17th of August 1990 and was painted in European Vinyls Corporation (EVC Ltd) livery.


Pictured on the pumps at Longridge depot, with driver Mick McKay, it is seen pulling a tipping and blowing skeletal trailer.

This was the first Strato Riding's had that was fitted with a Perkins TX engine and subsequently this engine proved to be very durable and very efficient.


After being in service with Riding's for eight years it was sold on in 1998 and exported to the island of Malta >


Day cabbed Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No H765 HPF Fleet No 88 'Pavey Ark' was originally registered new on the 1st of March 1990.


 Powered by a Perkins TX engine It was purchased second-hand when four years old from local dealer Syd Hartley on the 27th of October 1994 for £13,950 plus vat.


 The particular tractor unit had chassis No FC88888 and was allocated fleet No 88 to match.


Out based at Thornaby depot it ran mainly between Workington in Cumbria and Wilton on Teesside.


Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No K103 XVT Fleet No 59 'Shooting Star', powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine, is pictured here at Longridge depot while hauling a 40 foot step frame tandem axle trailer in Timax contract livery.


Registered new on the 31st of July 1992 this was one of the last Seddon Atkinson's to enter service with Riding's with ERF and Foden now becoming the preferred tractor unit of choice.


 Tom Riding continues below......


 "I hardly remember this machine as it was out based at our North East Thornaby depot.

It was an attempt by Seddon Atkinson to build a fleet motor which was cheaper and lighter than a normal Strato which is why it looks slightly different in appearance than the other Strato's in our fleet.


I bought it from Sydney Hartley as a very low mileage tractor unit on the 6th of June 1994.


According to my records i paid £24,568 plus vat for this machine which seems an awful lot of money at that time, i think i must have been having a bad day".


Photographs courtesy of Chris Richards.


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