Atkinson Borderer
Reg No PTC 440K

 Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K Fleet No 8  'Faithful' was purchased new direct from Atkinson Vehicles Ltd on the 17th of June 1972 at a cost of £5,625. 59p and registered for road use two weeks later on the 1st of July.

 Powered by a Gardner 180 engine this particular tractor unit had a long and eventful life during it's 21 years in the  Riding fleet.

In that time it was used o general haulage and later became one of the company's shunt vehicles at Thornaby depot on Teesside after which time it had a spell shunting at the H. J. Heinz factory at Kitt Green Wigan.

It then returned to Longridge where it was given a new lease of life and was utilised to take trailers for their annual MOT test at Kirkham midway between Preston and Blackpool.

Fortunately PTC 440K escaped the blow torch and was saved for preservation.

Forty seven years after it joined the Riding fleet the aptly named 'Faithful' was used on the 22nd of July 2019 at Tom Riding's funeral to carry his coffin from his home in Ribchester to the church in Longridge.

Pictured in the depot at Longrdige in it's original livery Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K Fleet No 8  'Faithful' was first registered for road use on the 1st of July 1972.

1989 and PTC 440K with an updated livery is seen here in Riding's Thornaby depot on Teesside while being used as a yard shunter.

Photograph courtesy of Bob Tuck.

1990 and PTC 440K is seen here shortly after being brought back down to Longridge depot again to be used on shunting duties. 

1991 and having returned to Longridge depot after a spell as shunter at Teesside depot PTC 440K is seen at Kirkham test station while taking a trailer for it's annual MOT.

Pictured here towards the end of it's working life at Riding's PTC 440K was being utilised as the yard shunter and is seen here parked up in the depot at Longridge on the 29th of August 1993, when 21 years old.

 Fortunately PTC 440K, which was the last remaining Atkinson Borderer in the fleet, was saved for preservation and fully restored.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.

After serving W & J Riding for over 21 years PTC 440K was fortunately saved from the blow torch and fully restored.

Today, safe in preservation it is owned by Tony Brierly of Great Harwood near Blackburn and can still be seen at various rallies across the country.

The funeral of the late Thomas William Riding took place on Monday the 22nd of July 2019 at St Lawrence's C of E Parish Church in Longridge. 

Preserved Atkinson Borderer tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K, aptly named 'Faithful', was used to carry Tom's coffin from his home in nearby Ribchester to the church in Longridge.

Driven at the time by Alan Dixon the cortege was also made up of Tom's fully restored Scammell Rigid 8. 

R.I.P. Thomas William Riding 1933-2019

PTC 440K seen here after carrying Tom Riding on his final journey from his home in nearby Ribchester to Longridge Church for his funeral on the 22nd of July 2019.

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