AEC Mercury 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 470 OTB Fleet No 54 was a brand new addition to the fleet in 1960.
Nicknamed 'Our Tom's Baby' it was bought in preference to a Super-Comet and was in fact the only AEC vehicle to enter service with W& J Riding.
The late Tom Riding recalled below.......
"Fitted with a 5 speed gearbox and 2 speed axle it had excellent brakes and was very nice to drive.
Unfortunately, in my experience, the AEC engine could not take the same pain as the Leyland or Gardner engines and engine life was always it's problem.
We purchased it new from Tillotsons but it was only on the road for a week when we had to have it towed back to Longridge after the cylinder liners failed and subsequently fitted it with a brand new engine.
Beset with even more engine problems over the following months and years this resulted in us only ever having this solitary AEC tractor unit in our fleet".
Another shot of AEC Mercury 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 470 OTB Fleet No 54 while parked up in Longrdige depot.
A brand new addition to the fleet in 1960 it was the only AEC to enter service with the company due to it's poor reliability.