Seddon Atkinson Strato 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F954 YBV was one of five ex British Nuclear Fuels Strato's to enter service with W & J Riding in 1991.
This particular page documents the vehicles life before, during and after it's life at W & J Riding.
F954 YBV is pictured above parked at the Forton Service area on the M6 in it's original BNFL livery.
Tom Riding continues below.....
"F954 YBV 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 turned out to be very good work horses for our company".
After coming out of the paint shop and receiving it's Riding livery F954 YBV was assigned Fleet No 79 and named 'Sir Gareth'.
Purchased from local dealer Dick Wells at a cost of £16,950 on the 6th of February 1992 it is is pictured above loaded with 24 tons of pallets containing packed chemicals from the ICI works at Wilton.
F954 YBV spent all it's working life running out of Riding's Teesside depot on general haulage duties after which time it was sold on to Brands Scaffolding of Blackpool as can be seen in the picture below.
Pictured here again, now with it's W. & J. Riding livery completely painted out on the headboard and doors, F954 YBV heads out of Blackpool on the A585.
Taken in January 1998 it was nearing the end of it's working life with Brands Scaffolding of Blackpool and was finally withdrawn and scrapped six months later in July 1998.
Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.