End of an Era.
This section of the website documents the end of an era with the demolition of W & J Riding's old depot in 2017 which was located on Whittingham Road Longridge.
Today the depot is long gone and has been replaced with a new housing estate, aptly named 'The Riding's', along with an Aldi supermarket which opened for business in November 2018.
Inside the 'rip and tip' shed at Riding's old depot showing one of the last Van Benton tankers to be loaded at the soon to be demolished Longridge depot.
Pallets were lifted onto the gantry and individual sacks were dropped onto the conveyor belt which were then slit open allowing the powder to fall into the tank below.
Riding's started this particular operation back in 1983 at the request of ICI Ltd and it continued until the final day of operations on the 28th October 2017.
During that period of 30 years in which time they did five loads a day there was never a single complaint.
It was also possible to discharge 1 tonne bags or containers using an auger and the equipment on the left of the picture.
ERF EC11 6X2 tractor unit Reg No S153 RNB, which was new in August 1998, stands in the deserted yard at Longridge after performing it's final shunting duties and awaits it's fate on the day the depot closed down on the 28th of October 2017..
Fortunately it was saved for preservation so may appear on the road again sometime in the near future..
A rather sad looking view of the decommissioned fuel pumps as they await being ripped out of the ground and sent for scrap during the demolition of Longridge depot in 2017.
There was also another pump on either side of the entry so it was possible to fill up four vehicles at the same time.
If the drivers left the vehicle straight it was also possible to accommodate four more behind the ones fueling up, thus taking eight lorries off the adjacent main road.
Originally these pumps were made in house and each one was capable of dispensing 18 gallons per minute.
The old garage and service bays are all but gone in this picture taken in Autumn 2017.
The scene in February 2019 with the depot now long gone the site now contains an Aldi supermarket which opened in November 2018 along with a new housing estate.
Walter Carefoots yard still remains in Longridge and can still be seen just to the right of Aldi.
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