Seddon Atkinson 400 Series

By the time Atkinson launched their all steel cab they had been taken over by Seddon which, in Tom Riding's personal opinion, was a bad move.


 However for quite a while Riding's still continued to badge all their tractor units with just the Atkinson name on the front grille.


The early 400 Series cabs suffered badly with corrosion and it was not until the company was again taken over, this time by International, that the American company sent their representatives over to the UK to examine the rust problems.


It was eventually solved and the later 401 and 411 models were generally free from corrosion.


With the Gardner/Cummins engines in line with Fuller gearboxes and Rockwell axles W & J Riding thought these were superb machines and fully fit for purpose. 


Seddon Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No RCW 400P Fleet No 46 'Precursor' was the very first 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit with a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine to come out of the Atkinson factory in 1976.


 Registered new by Riding's on the 3rd of March 1976, at a cost of £11,874 plus vat, it was driven from new by Ted Woods and was the first of many Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit's to enter service with Riding's.


 Notice the redesigned Riding's front grille baring only the 'Atkinson' name and the absence of all things Seddon.


After nine years service at W & J Riding RCW 400P was finally scrapped on the 31st of December 1985 and its Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine removed and sold on for £2000.


Another early Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit to enter service with Riding's was Reg No LVT 624P Fleet No 76 'Colossus'.


Registered new on the 1st of April 1976 it was purchased second hand when three years old from R Wells of Great Eccleston on the 1st of February 1979 for £8,050 plus vat.


 Pictured here parked up for the weekend in the town centre of Keighley West Yorkshire surrounded by cars LVT 624P remained in the fleet for a total of nine years until it was finally withdrawn in April 1988.


 The engine was removed and sold on the 11th of May 1988 for £300 with the rest of the vehicle sold as scrap to Walsh and Deardon of Darwen.


Photograph courtesy of PM Photography


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LVT 624P Fleet No 76 'Colossus' seen here during a carnival parade in Keighley West Yorkshire with driver Vinny Chambers taking time out for a photograph.


LVT 624P was in the fleet for nine years during which time it would receive Riding's more modern up to date livery as can be seen in the picture below. v


Originally registered new on the 1st of April 1976 Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LVT 624P Fleet No 76 'Colossus' was purchased second hand on the 1st of February 1979 and remained in the Riding fleet for nine years.


It is seen here in later life parked in the depot at Longridge after receiving Riding's updated livery.


Note the front grille, which like all of Riding's early 400 Series tractor unit's, was missing everything Seddon related.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SFR 950P Fleet No 49 'Peerless' was purchased brand new by Riding's on the 1st of July 1976 at a cost of £12,760 + vat.


Pictured here parked at Toddington Services on the M1 it was driven from new by Bill Coolican and was powered by an eight cylinder Gardner 240 engine.


Seen here pulling a 1450 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf non tipping tandem axle powder tanker this particular photograph was taken by renowned lorry photographer Peter J Davies.


An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SFR 950P Fleet No 49 'Peerless' which was purchased brand new by Riding's on the 1st of July 1976 at a cost of £12,760 + vat.


Seen here heading South between Keele services and Junction 15 on the M6 the tanker it is hauling would later be fitted with complete new tri-axle running gear to operate at 38 Tons GVW.


After nine years service SFR 950P was sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £3,500 + vat.


Photograph courtesy of Mark S Bailey  


With driver Bill Coolican at the wheel this splendid on the road shot captures Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SFR 950P Fleet No 49 'Peerless' it as it negotiates the roundabout on the A40 at Longlevens Gloucester as it heads East towards the M5. 


This particular tanker that it is hauling would later be fitted with a complete new set of tri-axle running gear to operate at 38 tons GVW.


Photograph courtesy of Paul C Gee


A final shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SFR 950P Fleet No 49 'Peerless' pictured here towards the end of it's nine years working life with Riding's.


Note the number of changes from the previous pictures since it joined the fleet in 1976 including revised livery, the addition of a sun visor and also the re-positioning of the exhaust system behind the cab.

After nine years service with W & J Riding Reg No SFR 950P 'Peerless' was eventually sold on to Tom Riding's close friend John Killingbeck of Blackburn for the sum of £3,500 + vat where it became Fleet No 25 in John Killingbeck's mixed and varied fleet. >


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No URN 420R Fleet No 10 'Triumphant' was reg new to W & J Riding on the 1st August 1976 at a cost of £12,606.55p.


 Powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with an eight speed David Brown gearbox and the usual Kirkstall double reduction rear axle, another £2,500 was spent fitting it out with blowing equipment before it entered service with the tanker fleet. 


Driven from new by Frank O.Connor it was sold on after nine years  service In December 1985 to John Killingbeck Transport of Blackburn for £3,200 plus vat in 1985.


Pictured above in 1979 it is just about to get on the M50 Motorway at Ross on Wye as it heads North for home back in Lancashire.


Photograph courtesy of Paul C Gee.


 Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 300R Fleet No 42 'Herculean' was registered new to Riding's on the 20th of August 1976 at a cost of £13,781.35p.


Before it could enter service with the fleet a further £2,308.65p was also spent on tanker blowing equipment.


  Driven from new by Jack Lucas it was powered a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with an eight speed David Brown gearbox and Eaton axle. 


 It is pictured above while pulling a 1450 cubic foot tandem axle Crane Fruehauf pellet tank.


Not content with taking the picture of the wagon alone photographer John Dickson-Simpson also took it with his lovely wife Ebba standing alongside.


After being in service with Riding's for nine years WCK 300R was sold on the 24th of September 1985 to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £3,500 plus vat,


An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 300R Fleet No 42 'Herculean'.


 Powered by a Gardner 240 engine and driven form new by Jack Lucas it is seen here in later years with an updated livery and the exhaust moved from beneath the front to a vertical stack behind the cab.


 Unfortunately these stacks had the tendency to dis-colour the tankers resulting in a black residue on the front as can be seen above.


 Needless to say Riding's did not adopt this kind of exhaust system as standard.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VHG 570R Fleet No 62 'Mammoth'.


Registered new by Riding's on the 4th October 1976, at a cost of £11,788.98p plus vat, this was a very early sleeper cabbed unit powered by a Cummins 250 engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gearbox and Kirkstall D 85 rear axle.


Driven from new by the late Tommy Lambert, who worked for Riding's for 30 years, he decided after a week that "the cab was as big as a ballroom" and not to his liking so driver Fred Squires took it over while Tommy Lambert went back to driving the rebuilt Atkinson Mk II Reg No PTE 630L.


 VHG 570R is pictured above with no name on the doors and an unusual illuminated headboard sourced from Harrisons of Dewsbury.


 After eight years service in the Riding fleet VHG 570R was finally sold on to B B & H Transport Ltd, later to become  Norman Billington of Heysham, for £2,500 plus vat on the 24th of August 1984.

 

  Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No XCK 610R Fleet No 66 'Tireless', pictured on the left, was registered new on the 7th of January 1977 at a cost of £14,852.20p plus £2,453 for the additional blowing equipment. 


Driven from new by John Aspinall, who drove for Riding's for forty years, it was powered a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with an eight speed David Brown gearbox and Eaton axle.


 It was used mainly on the ICI Ltd Plastics division contract delivering to customers throughout the UK.


 In 1986, after nine years service, XCK 610R was withdrawn and broken up for spares.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 544R  Fleet No 5 'Comet' was originally registered on the 1st of February 1977. 


Powered by a Cummins 250 engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gearbox and group axle Tom Riding bought this one from Harry Parkinson of Preston in September 1981 when it was three and a half years old for £3000 +vat. 


On arrival Tom sent it over to Geoff Yates of Leyland who made the cab into a full sleeper after which time it was assigned to the general haulage fleet for the following three years. 


Scrapped on the 30th of October 1984 it is pictured above with a full loads of drums in very wintry conditions.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No YFR 560R Fleet No 30 'Relentless' was registered new to Riding's on the 1st March 1977 at a cost of £16,001.10p plus vat.


 Powered by a Gardner 240 engine in line with an eight speed David Brown range change gearbox a further £2,841 was spent on it before it entered service with the fitting of a compressor for discharging powder tankers.


 Driven from new by the late Miles Ward it is pictured here hauling a Crane Fruehauf 1540 cubic foot tandem axle powder tanker.


After just over eight years service with the fleet YFR 560R was sold to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £3,200 plus vat in December 1985.


Photograph courtesy of Roy Beecher


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No YFR 560R Fleet No 30 'Relentless'.


 Pictured here on the M61 Anderton service area near Bolton it's driver, the late Miles Ward, is clearly seen in the cab while taking a break.


 The particular photograph shows YFR 560R in its second phase at Riding's with a new style livery which Riding's didn't use for long.


A cracking motorway shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No YFR 560R Fleet No 30 'Relentless' which was a brand new addition to the fleet on the 1st of March 1977.


 Powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine it was driven from new by Miles Ward and used on the ICI Ltd plastic contract working out of Hillhouse and Runcorn.


Seen here on the M6 in Lancashire in the early 1980's it is in the third phase of it's life at Riding's with a new style grille and the later style illuminated headboard.


Tom Riding recalls below.....


 "Notice the absence of all foreign stuff on the motorway a stark contrast to today, with all the British truck building companies having now gone out of business.


Mark Rimmer, who helped me get some sort of order with my photographs, called this David Brown publicity shot 'Getting the better of Gillies' referring to the Scammell Crusader in the slow lane which was operated by Gilbraiths of Accrington".


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No AHG 820R Fleet No 90 'Silver Jubilee' was driven from new by Bill Tyson.


 Registered new on the 1st of June 1977 it was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine and was painted in a special livery to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee which took place in 1977.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No AHG 820R Fleet No 90 'Silver Jubilee' is pictured here when new taking part in the annual Longridge Field Day parade in 1977.


Longridge Field Day is a long standing annual event that consists of a parade through the town and various attractions being held on the town's recreational playing field.


Photograph courtesy of the late Jack Draper.


Registered new on the 1st of June 1977 Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No AHG 820R Fleet No 90 'Silver Jubilee' is pictured here in the depot at Longridge coupled to one of the company's forty foot tandem axle curtain sider trailers.


 Driven from new by Bill Tyson AHG 820R was painted in a special livery to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee which took place in 1977.


Photograph courtesy of the late Jack Draper.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No BCW 600R Fleet No 45 'Undaunted' was painted in an experimental livery which wasn't applied to many of Riding's vehicles.


Powered by a Gardner 8LXB engine it was registered new on the 1st of July 1977 at a cost of £16,442 plus vat and driven from new by Kenneth Moon who worked for Riding's almost his entire life.


 Seen here on the A59, approaching the top of Blubber Houses, BCW 600R is pulling a 1540 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf powder tank loaded with Corvic.


 This tanker would later be fitted with complete new tri-axle running gear to operate at 38 Tons GVW.


Note the Wellworth W S 9 compressor fitted in front of the rear axle which were renown for running very quietly.


BCW 600R was later sold on to Tom Riding's brother in law L J & M Ball on the 24th of February 1986 for £1,800 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of David Chalker.  


An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No BCW 600R Fleet No 45 'Undaunted'.


It is pictured heading South down Keele bank towards Junction 15 of the M6 in Staffordshire where it is seen in the middle lane with it's Gardner 8LXB engine keeping pace with a Volvo F89.


Photograph courtesy of Mark S Bailey


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SMM 733S Fleet No 33 'Phoenix', powered by an eight cylinder Gardner 240 engine, was originally registered new on the 2nd of September 1977.


 Tom Riding continues....


 " I don't recall how badly damaged this tractor unit was but when new originally belonged to Leggett Freightways before its accident.


 I bought it for £7,500 plus vat on the 1st of July 1979 spending £4,946 on parts and if memory serves me right it could have been for a new cab shell.


 After the rebuild it was driven by Mick Spencer and is seen here preparing to deliver a load of Heinz products somewhere in the North East where it spent its days between there and the North West.


It was eventually scrapped on the 19th of September 1986 and the Gardner 240 engine was sold to Translitre of Burton upon Trent for £1,650.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No EBV 674S Fleet No 31 Flamboyant was registered new on the 1st of October 1977 to W.H. Bowker Ltd of Blackburn.


 Pictured with an empty trailer at Longridge depot it was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gear box and Eaton single speed axle.


 Tom Riding recalls.......  


I bought it from W H Bowker Ltd on the 7th of January 1982 for £5750 plus vat when it was five years old. 


I think this one had been the only Gardner eight cylinder in their fleet which was almost all Volvo by that time. 


We used it in the general haulage fleet and it came to a sticky end on Christmas Eve 1985. 


Loaded with a full load of 40 foot steel tubes from BSC Hartlepool it failed to get round the sharp left hand bend on the top of Blubberhouses and finished up on its side with the tubes in the field. 


It was never used again by our company and I sold the damaged unit to John Killingbeck on the 31st of December 1985 for £3,100 plus vat.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No UJP 754S Fleet No 16 'North Briton' was powered by a Gardner eight cylinder 240 engine.


Tom Riding continues.....


 " I bought this along with Reg No UJP 758S Fleet No 79 'Hardwicke' (pictured below) from Caunce Farm products of Melling near Liverpool.


 Both were originally registered new on the 1st of February 1978 and I got them when they were two years old on the 8th of April 1980 at a cost of £12,125 plus vat each.


UJP 754S was allocated to Derek Tunney, who took the photo, and he was obviously quite proud of his charge with its sun visor, two knights heads, spot lights and a '401 Series' type front grille.


 It spent its life on general haulage running between Teesside and the North West until it was scrapped in March 1986.


UJP 754S was scrapped in June 1986 with it's Gardner engine sold on to Hartwood Exports of Barnsley.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No UJP 758S Fleet No 79 'Hardwicke', powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine, was purchased second hand along with 400 Series UJP 754S from Caunce Farm products of Melling near Liverpool.


 Both were originally registered new on the 1st of February 1978 and both purchased when just two years old on the 8th of April 1980 at a cost of £12,125 plus vat each.


Pictured here parked up on the M6 Knutsford Service area in Cheshire while hauling a 40 foot tandem axle flat trailer UJP 758S was scrapped after eight years service in June 1986.


It's Gardner 240 engine was removed and sold on to Hartwood Exports of Barnsley while cab lived on to fight another day as it was used to replace the cab on KPF 421W after it had been badly damaged in an accident after running into the back of a tanker while traveling unit only through the village of Grimsargh see Accidents Happen.   


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FFV 680S Fleet No 91 'Western Star' was registered new on the 1st of March 1978 at a cost of £18,613 and 63p.


Powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gearbox and Eaton 19320 rear axle it was driven from new by Jack Kelly.


Pictured here parked up on the M62 Hartshead Moor service area It is coupled up to one of Riding's trademark 1450 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf tandem axle powder tankers carrying Corvic plastic granules for ICI.


After being in the fleet for eight years FFV 680S was scrapped and the Gardner 240 engine was removed and sold on to local dealer Syd Hartley for £1,700.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FFV 680S Fleet No 91 'Western Star' this time taken from a rather unusual angle.


It is pictured while discharging it's load of ICI Corvic plastic powder from a 1450 cubic foot Crane Fruehauf powder tanker at the premises of I.M. Swindon.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GCK 870S Fleet 92 'Cock o' the North' was registered new on the 1st of March 1978 and was powered by the reliable Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine.


 This Teesside based tractor unit was driven from new by Jimmy Renton and spent most of its life with a non tipping powder tank moving nylon chip on behalf of ICI from Wilton to Pontypool.


 Seen here in Longridge, while taking a break from tanker work, it is coupled to a tandem axle step-frame trailer with a skelly trailer riding piggy back being returned to Teesside depot.


Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne. 


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VRM 444S Fleet No1 'Auld Reekie' was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine.


Originally registered new on the 1st of April 1978 to Geoff Stamper of Penrith Tom Riding bought it when it was three and a half years old from Seddon Atkinson agents Blackwood Hodge of Penrith for £5,750 plus vat on the 3rd of October 1981.


 Before joining the fleet Geoff Yates of Preston converted it into a full sleeper cab.


The late Albert Brown of Accrington, a long time Riding's man, was allocated this vehicle when he decided to come off the Atkinson Mk 1 that he had driven for 14 years.

After four years in the fleet VRM 444S was sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn on the 31st of December 1985 for £3,200 plus vat were it is pictured here heading down the M6 at Junction 12 in 1987. 


Photograph courtesy of Roger Pickering.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HFV 780S Fleet No 72 'Vulcan' was powered by a Gardner eight cylinder 240 engine.


 Registered new on the 1st of June 1978 and driven by Alan Bretherton it is pictured here while on road test with a fully loaded trailer at Birk's Brow above the reservoir at Longridge near Preston.


 This photograph was one of a series that were taken as part of an aborted David Brown advertising campaign in the summer of 1978.


 Tom Riding recalls.......


 "The eight speed David Brown gearbox was good to operate and light in weight but it did have some design faults that could quite easily have been sorted.


 Unfortunately the makers seemed to lose heart and thus left the market wide open for the Fuller 9609 gearbox which turned out to be very good".


Another one of the David Brown publicity shots taken of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HFV 780S Fleet No 72 'Vulcan' while on road test with a fully loaded trailer at Birk's Brow above the reservoir at Longridge near Preston.


 This photograph was one of a series that were taken as part of an aborted David Brown advertising campaign in the summer of 1978.


Driven by Kevin Jordan Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LFR 310T Fleet No 73 'North Star', powered by an eight cylinder Gardner 240 engine, was registered new on the 1st of September 1978.


 It is pictured here heading a convoy of six vehicles awaiting a police escort while carrying wide steel plates from Motherwell to the British Steel pipe mill at Stockton on Tees.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LFR 310T Fleet No 73 'North Star'.


Registered new on the 1st of September 1978 it is pictured in the entrance of Longridge depot coupled to a forty foot trailer loaded with steel slabs.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No NBV 110T Fleet No 37 ' Valiant' was registered new on the 1st of November 1978.


 Powered by a Gardner eight cylinder 240 engine it was driven from new by John Kellet and is pictured here parked up over night in Keighley town centre while coupled up to one of the many standard 40 foot flat trailers Riding's had in their fleet at that time.


Photograph courtesy of PM Photography


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No NCK 690T Fleet No 26 'Sans Pareil' was registered new by Riding's on the 1st of November 1978 at a cost of £19,296.73p.


 Pictured here at the Timax/Bainbridge factory in Blackpool on the 30th of November 1986 Tom Riding recalls....

 "NCK 690T was fitted with a Gardner 8LXB 240 engine, 9 Speed Fuller range change box and an Eaton rear axle with a 5.04 ;1 ratio when supplied from Seddon Atkinson.

 From the evidence on the photo sometime in its life it has been fitted with a replacement Sed Atki group hub reduction axle and if my memory serves me right, ( and I'm sure it does) this particular tractor unit was the very first one to painted in this style which immediately became the new company livery for many years".

 After nine years service NCK 690T was sold on 23rd of March 1987 to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £2,400 plus vat.

Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No LFR 330T Fleet No 95 'Morning Star' is pictured here heading west on the M4 near Bristol.


 This particular tractor unit was specified with a vehicle-mounted blower for bulk powder tank work as can be seen by the ancillary pipe work mounted on the chassis.


 Because of this 'Morning Star' had it's front-mounted silencer latterly replaced with a vertical exhaust stack to keep fumes away from the driver while the engine powered the blower.


 Several comments went around the yard and this wagon was labelled 'She's a Kenworth in drag' - even as far as it being added on the fleet list!


Seen in the picture pulling one of Riding's old 33 foot Municipal built coil-carriers the old company livery is still visible on the side raves.


 Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No NHG 840T Fleet No 52 'Lode Star' was powered by a Gardner 8LXB engine.


 Registered new on the 1st of February 1979 at a cost of £19,403 plus vat it was driven from new by Norman Brewer.


It is seen here coupled to a 40 foot tandem axle trailer while parked in the yard at Longridge.


It later spent the last eight months of its life shunting in the British Steel Corporation plant at Ravenscraig were it finished up being totally wrecked.


NHG 840T was scrapped in October 1987 with the Gardner 8LXB engine removed and sold on to Hartwood exports of Barnsley for £2,025 plus vat.


Tom Riding was always willing to lend vehicles to local groups for carnivals and parades.


 Not only was it a nice advert for the company it was also a way of keeping in touch with the local community.


 Pictured above in 1977 is Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No NHG 840T Fleet No 52 'Lode Star ' along with another unidentifiable Riding's motor as they make their way through the crowds at a local event in Preston.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ERH 553T Fleet No 20 'Royal Sovereign' 


Powered by a Cummins E290 engine ERH 553T was registered new on the 1st of April 1979 having been originally supplied to fellow TDG company Gilyott & Scott of Kingston upon Hull.


 Tom Riding recalls below..........


 "Gilyott & Scott decided to pull out of general haulage and i heard on the on the grapevine that three of their tractor units were for sale at book value.


 I drove over to Hull and liking what i saw bought ERH 553H along with ERH 554T and GAT 244T at a cost of £11,300 plus vat each on the 30th of November 1981.


After being in the Riding fleet for almost eight years ERH 553T was sold for scrap on the 1st of August 1989 to Translitre of Burton upon Trent for £1,600 + vat.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ERH 554T Fleet No 29 'Britannia'


 Pictured here in the yard at Longridge it is coupled up to a fully extended trombone trailer loaded with steel plate which had been collected from the British Steel works at Ravenscraig in Scotland.


Powered by a Cummins E290 engine ERH 554T was registered new on the 1st of April 1979 and like ERH 553T was another of the batch that had  originally been supplied to fellow TDG company Gilyott & Scott of Kingston upon Hull.


ERH 554T was sold on the 4th of June 1988 for £3,000 plus vat to a Mr J.A. Collins of Bognor Regis.


Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GAT 244T Fleet No 21 'Hal o' the Wynd' was another tractor unit originally operated by TDG group company Gilyot & Scott Ltd of Hull. 


Registered new in Hull on the 11th of June 1979, and powered by a Cummins E 290 Big Cam engine, this was one of three tractor units Tom Riding bought in November 1981 at a cost of £11,300 plus vat each.


 Seen here at the Thornaby depot, with a damaged front bumper and coupled to a 40 foot flat trailer with a couple of tote bins on board, it was driven by Ted Bamber and spent most of its working life galloping between the North West and the North East.


After seven years service with Riding's GAT 244T was finally sold on the 30th of April 1988 to J Hall & Sons for £3,000 plus vat.


 Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GAT 246T Fleet No 44 'Mons Meg'.


 Registered new on the 1st of July 1979 it was purchased second-hand on the 1st of July 1982 from Yardley Commercial Vehicles of Kidderminster at a cost of £9,250 plus vat.


A further £3,189 was spent installing pumping equipment to the vehicle and before it entered service it was painted in a bright yellow livery and subsequently operated on the Solrec Contract for a number of years. 

 

It is pictured above after returning to the general haulage fleet having being repainted in Riding's familiar livery.


After a total of nine years service with Ridings GAT 246T was finally sold on to a Mr J Williams of Blackrod on the 13th of June 1988 for £3,000 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of Marcus Lester.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GAT 247T Fleet No 64 'Earl Marichal'  was purchased second-hand on the 1st of July 1982 at the same time as GAT 246T from Yardley Commercial Vehicles of Kidderminster at a cost of £9,250 plus vat.


Originally registered new to TDG group company Gilyot & Scott Ltd of Hull on the 1st of July 1979 it is pictured above coupled to a tri-axle flat trailer loaded with heavy plate steel from the BSC plant at Ravenscraig in Scotland.


Note the tin-worm has claimed squatters-rights in the old girl's cab which had already resulted in the replacement of the front grille panel with one from a 401 Series, an easy remedy for the renowned 'soluble' Seddon Atkinson's.


After six service in the Riding fleet GAT 247T was sold on the 30th of June 1988 to a Mr Riley of Settle for the sum on £3,000 plus vat.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No NBR 164T Fleet No 15 'Black Douglas' was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine.


Originally registered new on the 11th of April 1979 Tom Riding bought this particular tractor unit when it was four years old from S. Hartley of Whittingham in January 1983 for £9,400 plus vat.


Having spent its life with Riding's on general haulage it was finally sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £2,700 plus vat on the 30th of June 1987.

Doctor John then worked his magic on the machine and it emerged from his workshops as a full bloodied double drive 6x4 tractor unit as can be seen in this picture which was taken on the M62 Birch Service area.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No SCK 913T Fleet No 62 'Pegasus' was purchased second hand from LJ & MD Transport of Fleetwood.


 Tom Riding recalls below....


"Originally registered new on the 1st of June 1979 i bought SCK 913T on the 12th of September 1984 when it was five years old at a cost of only £1,000 plus vat due to the Rolls Royce 265 engine having trouble.


 However we slotted a Cummins NT 250 engine into it, had Geoff Yates of Preston convert it into a sleeper cab, and it was back on the road with the whole project costing £3,302.


It was used on the general haulage fleet for a further four years after which time it was sold on the 28th of June 1988 to a Mr A Robinson of Immingham for the sum of £2,500 plus vat".


Driven from brand new by Basil Kirkman, and registered new to W & J Riding on the 1st August 1979, Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No UCW 500V Fleet No 24 was named 'Invincible'.


 Tom Riding continues below....


 "I was once again cajoled by Seddon Atkinson into evaluating this particular tractor unit.


 Powered by a Cummins E290 big cam engine in line with a Fuller direct top gearbox and 3.7:1 prototype International axle the set up was just right and it turned out to be a superb reliable tractor unit.


Pictured above when a couple of years old it is seen coupled to a forty foot tandem axle flat trailer loaded with steel slabs while parked in our old Scottish yard which, at that time, was located on Summerlee Road in Wishaw".


Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.


A close up shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No UCW 500V Fleet No 24 'Invincible'.


 It is seen here in later years after being refurbished and painted in Riding's updated livery.


Don't be fooled by the badge on the front as it had been modified and fitted with a '401 Series' type front grill panel to replace it's original worn out and rust ridden one".


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series day cabbed 4x2 tractor unit Reg No GAU 345V Fleet No 37 'Trojan'.


Registered new on the 24th of September 1979 it was purchased second hand by Riding's for £800 plus vat from local dealer Syd Hartley on the 17th of March 1987.


 Fitted with a Rolls Royce Eagle 265 engine Riding's needed a shunt motor urgently as the shunter they were using in the silencer distribution centre at Squires Gate Blackpool, Reg No WFR 370V, was fitted with it's original Gardner turbo charged unit which had been round the world and was smoking badly.


WFR had to be changed and as GAU had a good clean engine the problem was solved.


A good tidy up and a nice paint job and hey presto GAU 345V ran faultlessly for five years until it was scrapped in January 1992.


 Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series day cabbed 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WFR 370V Fleet No 96 'Novelty' was registered new to W & J Riding on the 7th of November 1979 and would remain in service with the company for over a staggering seventeen years.


 It was fitted with one of the prototype turbocharged Gardner engines that the company were developing at that time, in this case it was the Gardner 6LXCT.


The picture below shows WFR 370V when 13 years old following a few modifications and being utilised as the yard shunter at Longridge. v


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series day cabbed 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WFR 370V Fleet No 96 'Novelty' entered service with W & J Riding on the 7th of November 1979 and was fitted with the prototype Gardner 6LXCT turbocharged Gardner engine that Gardner were developing at that time.


 Seen here when 13 years old, in November 1992, it is parked on the steam cleaning ramp at Longridge depot.


 After being taken off the road in November 1987 it was being utilised as the yard shunter within Longridge after previously being used as the shunt vehicle at the Timax/Bainbridge exhaust factory at Squires Gate Blackpool for five years from 1987 until 1992.


During the seventeen years it was in service with Riding's it had many modifications, including the fitting of a wrap round air deflector, rear mounted exhaust stack and 401 series front grill to name but a few.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No COL 628V Fleet No 14 'Iron Duke' was powered by a Cummins E290 engine. 


Seen here parked in the depot at Longridge it was originally a day cab which was registered new to the Dunlop Company on the 13th of August 1979 who used it as a mobile test outfit to gain experience with their Maxaret anti jack knife braking system.


When bought by W.J. Riding it was sent over to Geoff Yates of Preston who successfully converted it into a full blown sleeper cab.


A fine on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No COL 628V Fleet No 14 'Iron Duke' seen here in later life sporting a '401 Series' front grill after the original one had succumbed to the tin worm.


 It is pictured here hauling a 45 foot tri-axle flat trailer with a nice load of steel plates collected from the British Steel Corporation plant at Motherwell.


 Photograph courtesy of PM Photography. 


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JUE 510V Fleet No 54 'Mercury' is seen here at the junction of the A65 and A59 on Skipton bypass.


 Tom Riding recalls below.....


 "I bought this vehicle from a very good dealer friend of mine Syd Hartley who used to look out for reasonably new Sed/Atki tractor units for me especially like this one which had an 8 cylinder Gardner engine.


Originally registered new on the 14th of September 1979 we got it when just over three years old on the 31st of January 1983 for £7,200 plus vat.


We scrapped it eight years later on the 6th of August 1987 and sold the engine for export for £2,100.


 Steve Martin was its regular driver and it is seen here with a full load of drums on pallets from ICI Wilton".


To see this exact location today click HERE


Photograph courtesy of the late Colin Wright.


Driven by Steve Martin another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JUE 510V Fleet No 54 'Mercury' shows it loaded with a heavy load of plate steel from Motherwell.


Registered new on the 14th of Sept 1979 Riding's purchased it second hand on the 31st of January 1983 for £7,200 plus vat.


It was scrapped eight years later on the 6th of August 1987 with the Gardner engine sold on for export for £2,100.


Registered new on the 19th of September 1979 Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JFK 388V was powered by a Cummins 250 engine and was one of only a handful of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 400 Series in the fleet at that time.


 Seen here emerging from Riding's in house paint shop at Longridge it was originally on hire to ICI Ltd Plastics Division at Hillhouse for a while and used by them on stock transfer down to the Squires Gate warehouse.


 On termination of the hire period it was repainted into the familiar Riding livery and named  'Highland Chieftain' as can be seen in the picture below. v


After coming off the ICI contract, and now repainted into Riding's familiar livery, day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JFK 388V Fleet No 17 'Highland Chieftain' is pictured here at the Timax/Bainbridge plant at Blackpool.


Powered by a Cummins 250 engine this was one of only a handful of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 400 Series in the fleet at that time. 


Another shot of day cabbed Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JFK 388V Fleet No 17 'Highland Chieftain' shows it here towards the end of it's working life with Riding's.


It is seen here on shunting duties at Thornaby depot, while coupled to a ICI liveried Pontypool nylon tanker.


After twelve years service JFK 388V was finally withdrawn from the fleet in January 1991 and scrapped.


 Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No NGD 648V Fleet No 18  'Apollo' was registered new on the 14th of January 1980 to C.R.S. Transport Ltd. 


Powered by a Cummins E290 engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gearbox and group axle it looks quite resplendent in the picture above but all is not what it seems as Tom Riding explains below....

"I had a phone call off Ken Howard from Translitre at Burton on Trent, from whom i had bought several damaged vehicles off in the past, he went on to explain that he had a 400 Series in their yard that had been in his words 'knocked about a bit'. >


I travelled down to Burton on Trent and on closer inspection decided that, amazingly, there was nothing mechanically wrong with it.


 After paying Translitre £4,000 plus vat for the heap on the 1st of December 1982 we loaded it up and brought it home to Longridge for my mechanics to set about turning it into a workhorse once again. 


Costing a total of £5.354 in parts to sort it out and get it back on the road again we ran it in our fleet for six years until the end of 1988 after which time we sold it on to D G McWalters of Balmullo St Andrews for £3,000 plus vat."


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FVR 671V Fleet No 51 'Lighting' was originally registered new to Harry Nuttall of Heywood on the 4th of February 1980 and was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with a Fuller 9509 gearbox and Eaton rear axle. 


When Harry Nuttall ceased trading in 1983 some of the fleet finished up at Malcolm Harrison's of Stone in Staffordshire. 

Tom Riding went down on the 19th of May 1983 and liking what he saw bought two tractor units. 


FVR 671V cost £9,250 plus vat and remained in service for 5 years after which time it was sold to Translitre of Burton on Trent on the 25th of July 1988 for £3,000 plus vat.         FVR 671V when operated by H Nuttall.


The other tractor unit Tom purchased at the same time was Reg No MJA 690W a day cab Seddon Atkinson of the same mechanical spec and at the same price.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No XCK 890V Fleet No 34 'Black Prince' was powered by a Gardner 240 engine.


 Registered new on the 1st of April 1980 at a cost of £23,339.25 plus vat it was driven from new by Ken Marle.


 Pictured here parked up on the Toddington Service area on the M1 in Bedfordshire it is hauling a tri-axle Murfitt 1600 cubic foot non tipping tank which was used for the movement of Corvic from ICI plants at Runcorn and Barry to destinations across the whole of the UK.


At the end of its life with Riding's it was sold on the 6th of May 1988 for £2,900 plus vat to Tom Riding's good friend John Killingbeck of Blackburn.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No DWN 481V Fleet No 39 'Lord President' is pictured here in the lay-by just outside Skipton golf club on the A59.


 Driven by Billy Lambert, who took the photograph, it is seen here with a Crane Fruehauf 40 foot tri-axle trailer loaded with 22 tons of drums being moved between ICI Burn Naze factory at Fleetwood and the ICI plant at Billingham in the North East.


DWN 481V was one of five second hand Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor units Tom Riding bought from Entress transport of Swansea.


 (More details below}


In 1982 TDG decided to close down Entress transport of Swansea so Tom Riding dashed down and bought five superb two year old Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor units Reg No's DWN 481, 482, 483, and 484 while unbelievably selling the other one to Buckley's of Warrington on his way home.


 Pictured above is the first of the four Reg No DWN 481V Fleet No 39 'Lord President' which was driven by Billy Lambert, a driver with Riding's for over 40 years.


Originally registered new on the 14th of May 1980 at a cost of £21,750 it was purchased by Riding's on the 1st of March 1982, when two years old, at a cost of £13,000.


After seven years service with Riding's it was sold on in November 1989 to Translitre of Burton on Trent for £2,250.


 The picture above was taken in the yard at Thornaby were it is seen loaded with two massive concrete pipes which had been loaded at Biley in Cheshire and were for destined for Hartlepool.


 For safety's sake, with a load of this type, Tom Riding insisted that all his drivers only used the M62, A1 and A19 and as a result they moved a large amount of these loads with no trouble what so ever.


Driven by Joe Masrerson Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No DWN 482V Fleet No 56 'Victorious' was one of four, all the exact same model, purchased second hand from Entress Transport of Swansea.


 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine in line with a Fuller 9 speed gearbox and Rockwell axle DWN 482V was first registered on the 2nd of June 1980 and cost £21,750.


 Purchased by Riding's in February 1982 at a cost of £13.250 it was in the fleet for seven years after which time it was sold on to Translitre of Burton upon Trent for £1,750 on the 27th of Oct 1989.


Driven by Rex Rich Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No DWN 483V Fleet No 53 'Robert the Bruce' was another of the four tractor unit's that were purchased second hand from Entress Transport of Swansea.


 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine in line with a Fuller 9 speed gearbox and Rockwell axle DWN 483V was first registered on the 2nd of June 1980 and cost £21,750.


 Purchased by Riding's in March 1982, at a cost of £13,000, it was sold on a number of years later to Abrams of Ormskirk for £3,000.


Pictured above is the last of the four Seddon Atkinson 400 Series tractor unit's purchased second hand from Entress of Swansea, Reg No DWN 484V Fleet No 57 'Formidable'.


 Powered by a Cummins E290 engine in line with a Fuller 9 speed gearbox and Rockwell axle DWN 484V was first registered on the 6th of June 1980 and cost £21,750.


 Purchased by W & J Riding in February 1982, at a cost of £13,250, it was sold on in August 1989 to Translitre for £1,600.


Driven by Jack Moon it is pictured in Longridge depot having the final touches made to its load of Heinz products.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WCW 700V Fleet No 55 'Rising Star' was fitted with a Gardner 240 engine and allocated to driver David Ireland when new in November 1979.


 It is pictured here in the yard at Longridge ready for the off coupled to a 30 foot box on a tipping skeletal trailer complete with rotary feeder at the rear to facilitate discharging plastic products.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No WCW 700V Fleet No 55 'Rising Star' as it heads the line up of this convoy of six outfits loaded with steel plates destined for Stockton on Tees from Motherwell.


 Pictured here on the A74 at Gretna Green the convoy had been parked up, as due to the width of their loads, they could not use the diversionary route which was in force due to a closure of the A74 at Metal Bridge.


 The third vehicle from the front (maroon colour) belonged Preston Roadways who regularly subcontracted to W & J Riding.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JLK 602V Fleet No 22 'Hermes' powered by a Gardner 8 cylinder 240 engine was registered new on the 8th of January 1980.


 Purchased second-hand when just over two years old from local dealer Syd Hartly & Sons for £8,750 on the 31st of January 1983 it was driven by the late Albert Hammond and was assigned to the Timax/Bainbridge contract.


After six years service JLK 602V was eventually sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn for £3,000 plus vat on the 28th of February 1989.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No JLK 602V Fleet No 22 'Hermes'.


Powered by a Gardner 8 cylinder 240 engine, and registered new on the 8th of January 1980, it is pictured above in the depot at Longridge ready for the off with a trailer loaded with steel plate.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ORH 90W Fleet No 12 'Tornado' was purchased second hand in 1982 when two years old at a cost of of £6,000.


 Driven regularly by Billy Procter it is pictured here on the M62 motorway passing Hartshead Moor service area with a load of steel plates loaded at Motherwell and destined for Sheffield.


At the time this picture was taken this was another example of Riding's fitting a standard 401 Series type front grille, as had the majority of the older 400's by this time, due to the serious rust issues.


A close up colour shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ORH 90W Fleet No 12 'Tornado'.

This particular vehicle was purchased accident damaged from Translitre of Burton on Trent at a cost of £6,000 on the 1st of December 1982 when it was only two years old as can be seen in this photograph here on the right >


ORH 90W was totally rebuilt in Riding's own workshops at Longridge with the rebuild costing £5,269 54p.


After the rebuild it remained in service for almost seven years with Riding;s after which time it was withdrawn and sold back to Translitre of Burton on Trent on the 27th of October 1989 for £1,750 + vat


Pictured here in the depot at Longridge is Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 6x2 tractor unit Reg No KPF 421W Fleet No 50 'Alfred the Great' was powered by Cummins E290 engine.


Registered new on the 1st of August 1980 it was purchased second hand when three years old from Yardley of Kidderminster for £9,400 plus vat on the 7th of August 1983.


KPF 421W was unique in being the one and only three axled tractor unit that W & J Riding operated while Tom Riding was managing director of the company and was used on a regular basis pulling a tandem axle tipping trailer plated at 38 tons GVW.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 6x2 tractor unit Reg No KPF 421W Fleet No 50 'Alfred the Great' is pictured here unit only while parked up for the weekend in the depot at Longridge.


Powered by Cummins E290 engine it was registered new on the 1st of August 1980 and was purchased second hand when three years old from Yardley of Kidderminster for £9,400 plus vat on the 7th of August 1983.


KPF 421W was unique in being the one and only three axled tractor unit that W & J Riding operated while Tom Riding was managing director of the company and was used on a regular basis pulling a tandem axle tipping trailer plated at 38 tons GVW.

Unfortunately KPF 421W later came to grief after running into the back of a tanker while traveling unit only through the village of Grimsargh. >


More details can be found in Accidents Happen (3)



Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No CTC 803W was originally registered new to Wilkinsons Parcels of Rochdale in September 1980.


 After the resulting accident Tom Riding bought the wreck and after a complete rebuild it became Fleet No 2 'Knight of the Thistle' in the Riding fleet.


 Tom Riding recalls.....


" I went down to Translitre of Burton on Trent to look at two smashed up tractor units.


 I checked out CTC 803W, pictured above, as best i could and convinced myself that the bell-housing wasn't broken so the crank should be ok and not bent.


On the 8th of June 1983 at a cost of £3,000 plus vat we brought it home to Longridge and spent £5,093 on parts to sort it out.


The rebuilt unit, pictured below, was allocated to Mick Spencer and it remained in service with us for six years, until the 1st August 1989, when it was sold on to a Mr Harrison of Bury for £2,700 plus vat.


These standard Seddon Atkinson tractor units with the E290 Cummins engine, Fuller gearbox and Rockwell axles were excellent vehicles".

 

Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No CTC 803W Fleet No 2 'Knight of the Thistle' is seen here after shortly after being rebuilt.


Driven by Mick Spencer it is coupled up to a tautliner loaded with Corvic sacks for delivery to the North East from the Longton depot of BRS.


It remained in service with Riding's until the 1st August 1989 when it was sold on to a Mr Harrison of Bury for £2,700 plus vat.


Photograph courtesy of driver Mick Spencer.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No CTC 803W Fleet No 2 'Knight of the Thistle' delivering some 60 foot long rebar, with coils on top, from Bidston steel in Birkenhead to Gateshead during the building of the by-pass in 1985.


 The trailer was one of four Crane Fruehauf 40-60 foot trombones that Tom Riding bought from McKelvies of Paisley, a TDG group company, who had decided to come out of the steel haulage business.


 Photograph courtesy of driver Mick Spencer.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No FCK 580W Fleet No 27 'Lord of the Isles' powered by a Gardner 8 cylinder engine was driven by Tommy Lambert.


Pictured here loaded with drums of Lissapol from ICI Wilton it is seen heading East on the M62 Motorway at Milnrow in 1981. 


Tom Riding recalls below....


 "FCK 580W was first registered on the 1st of October 1980 but unfortunately i just can not remember how this one came about but seem to think we built it in house using material that we had accumulated over the years.


 My records show it cost a total of £11,148 to rebuild when brand new ones from the factory at that time were in excess of £24,000.


 It carries a day cab that had been converted to a sleeper by Geoff Yates of Longton Coachcraft and is also fitted with what looks like an AEC fuel tank.


 We ran it until the 19th of July 1986 when it was scrapped and the engine sold on to Mr Syd Hartley".


 Photograph courtesy of Craig Berriff


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No AJV 582W Fleet No 48 'Swiftsure' was bought second-hand having originally been registered new on the 4th of November 1980.


 Pictured here parked in the depot at Longridge it was powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine and driven on a regular basis by Reg Cookson.


 Purchased from local dealer Syd Hartley when two and a half years old on the 3rd of March 1983 for £10,000 plus vat a further £1,774 was spent sorting various things out before it went into service.

After five years in the Riding fleet AJV 582W was sold on to John Killingbeck of Blackburn on the 12th of December 1988 for £3,000 plus vat.


It then started a new life when Doctor John extended the chassis sides and fitted it with a double drive Eaton bogie.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HCW 140W Fleet No 38 'Perseverance' was powered by a Gardner eight cylinder 240hp engine.


 This particular tractor unit was bought brand new on the 1st of May 1980 but wasn't registered until some 10 months later on the 1st of March 1981 because it was a very quiet period and it just wasn't required.


Driven from new by Alan Hyde this was the last Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit to be introduced into the fleet.


Note the fitting of a sun visor and also the usual Riding modifications to the front grille.


 The painting of the cab is also slightly unusual in that it has silver lining in place of the more usual gold line but all this would change when it received a face lift after it had been in service a few years as can be seen in the picture below.


 The original cost when new was £23,389 plus vat and it remained in service for eight years after which time it was sold on in 1989 for £3,515 plus vat.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HCW 140W Fleet No 38 'Perseverance' is seen here in 1986 after receiving a major face lift and overhaul including the fitting of a standard 401 Series type front grille.


This was common practice at the time as the majority of the older 400 grille's were by now suffering very serious rust issues and all needed replacing.


The original cost of HCW 140W, when new in 1980, was £23,389 plus vat and it remained in service for a total of eight years with Riding's after which time it was sold on in 1989 for £3,515 plus vat. 


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No MHG 160X Fleet No 3 'Goliath' was one of two brand new 4x2 tractor units supplied by Seddon Atkinson on the 1st of May 1980.


Due to poor trading conditions at the time this particular tractor unit did not go on the road until sixteen months later on the 1st of September 1981 and due to this it was the was the only X registered '400 Series' tractor unit in the Riding fleet.


 Powered by a Gardner 240 eight cylinder engine in line with a Fuller 9509A gearbox and a single speed Eaton axle it cost £23,389.25p plus vat.


 Pictured above parked in the depot at Longridge it was driven from new by Harold Hornby and spent all it's working life on general haulage.


After eight years service it was sold on to Translitre of Burton on Trent for £2.500 plus vat on the 27th of October 1989.


Pictured here, in a rather sorry state, is Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4x2 tractor unit Reg No EMB 304X.


 Registered new on the 1st of January 1982 Tom Riding took this picture when it was three years old after he had purchased it from Translitre of Burton on Trent on the 4th of April 1986 at a cost of £4,250.


 Owned and used intensively for three years by Tunnel Glucose trunking between Glasgow and London it was taken up to Longridge depot and amazingly transformed into the tractor unit pictured below... v


After undergoing extensive restoration in Riding's own workshops Reg No EMB 304X reappeared as Fleet No 89 'Great Central'.


 It had the standard spec of the time which was a Cummins 290 Big Cam engine in line with a Fuller box and Rockwell rear axle.


Pictured here with a nice load of wide steel plates from the BSC plant at Motherwell it remained on the general haulage fleet for four years until it was sold back to Translitre of Burton on Trent for £1,600 plus vat on the 7th June 1990 who broke it up for scrap.


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 730Y Fleet No 68 'Wolf of Badenoch' was powered by a Cummins E290 engine and driven by Ken Fell.


Originally registered new over in Northern Ireland as Reg No EIB 6484 it was reregistered in England on the 1st of August 1982 as WCK 730Y.


This particular tractor unit was one of two Seddon Atkinson's that Tom Riding bought second hand from Yardley Commercials of Kidderminster on the 1st of July 1984 for £10,250 plus vat each.


Tom Riding continues below......


"They had originally belonged to Persitt International of Points Pass Northern Ireland hauling reefers between Ireland and Europe and seemed to have been abandoned on Fleetwood Docks.


After almost five and a half years service with Riding's WCK 730Ywas sold on to Translitre of Burton on Trent for £2,250 plus vat on the 29th of November 1989".


Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 4X2 tractor unit Reg No WCK 620Y Fleet No 67 'Thane of Fife' was originally registered new in Northern Ireland as Reg No EIB 6916.


Re-registered in England on the 1st of August 1982 as WCK 620Y this was the second of the two Seddon Atkinson 400 Series tractor unit's Tom Riding bought second hand from Yardley Commercials of Kidderminster on the 1st of July 1984 at a cost of £10,250 plus vat each.


Both WCK 620Y and WCK 720Y originally belonged to Persitt International of Points Pass Northern Ireland hauling reefers between Ireland and Europe.


Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.



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