Reg No PTC 440K
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 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.
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.