Verbrugge UK Ltd Contract

In 1987 Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten of the Netherlands wanted to gain a foothold in the UK market.


 To enable the company to do so they initially acquired Incobulk later changing the name to Verbrugge UK Ltd and relocating from Eastleigh in Hampshire to Felixstowe in Suffolk. 


After the takeover of Incobulk W & J Riding continued to transport Verbrugge bulk containers for many years and allocated a number of Verbrugge livered Seddon Atkinson & ERF tractor units to the on going contract. 

Today Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten has developed into a preferred logistic services provider for many customers in the paper & wood pulp, chemical steel & metals producing industry.

You can visit their web site HERE.



The first day of the contract in 1988 see's Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable', with driver David Ireland and Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn' driven by the late Vic Mason.


The late Tom Riding took this picture of the brand new vehicles in August 1988 when the contract first began and always called this photograph 'The Likely Lads'.


Both tractor unit's were purchased new from Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Ltd on the 20th of May 1988, each one costing  £28,878 plus vat, but were not registered until two months later on the 1st of August shortly before the start of the contract. 


Another shot taken on the first day of the contract in August 1988 shows Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable' and Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn'.


Both tractor unit's were purchased new from Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Ltd on the 20th of May 1988.


Each one cost  £28,878 plus vat but were not registered until two months later on the 1st of August in preparation for the contact which began later that same month. 


 Seddon Atkinson 4-11 tractor unit Reg No E40 GFR Fleet No 55 Rising Star, powered by a 290 LXDT Gardner engine had originally been purchased brand new for the Incobulk contract on the 31st of July 1987 at a cost of £28,716 plus vat but was not registered until the 1st of September 1987.

Seen here when brand new E40 GFR was allocated to the Incobulk contract and was painted in their brown and yellow livery >


A couple of years later it was brought into the workshops, repainted and allocated to the Verbrugge contract in October 1989.



Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 tractor unit Reg No E40 GFR Fleet No 55 Rising Star.


Seen here on the 26th of March 1995, when eight years old, it is now looking rather the worse for wear as rust begins to eat into the cab.


Just three months later, after this picture was taken, E40 GFR was withdrawn from the fleet and sold on the 6th of June 1995 to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for £2.600 plus vat.


It was later bought by France and Wood of Marsden near Huddersfield who ran it on general haulage until it was finally scrapped in 1999, see Life after Riding's.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Pictured here when relatively new is Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable'.


Driven by David Ireland it was purchased new from Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Ltd on the 20th of May 1988 at a cost of £28,878 plus vat but was not registered until two months later on the 1st of August shortly before the start of the contract. 


After eight years service F630 SFV was sold on to local dealer Sid Hartley of Whittingham near Preston on the 30th of March 1996 for the sum of £2,300 plus vat who in turn sold it on to a local fairground operator.  


Photograph courtesy of Geoff Milne.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable' seen here on Thursday the 13th of July 1989 while parked up outside a container base at Grangemouth Scotland.


Photograph courtesy of Alan Fleming.


Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable' is seen here some years later still working on the Verbrugge contract.


It is coupled up to a 33 foot skelly tipping trailer with a 30 foot Verbrugge container on board. 


Note the Seddon Atkinson grill logo has now virtually disappeared with constant washing of the vehicle over the years.


An on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable' hauling one of the familiar Verbrugge containers down the motorway.


 Registered new by Riding's on the 1st of August 1988 it's regular driver for many years was David Ireland.


W & J Riding's Seddon Atkinson 401 4X2 tractor unit Reg No DCW 930Y Fleet No 71 'Vanguard' is pictured here after coming to the rescue of Verbrugge livered Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4X2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV 'Great Gable'.


 It was destined for Riding's workshop's within Longridge depot were it would be going for repair.


 A final shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F630 SFV Fleet No 51 'Great Gable' seen here in it's final days at Riding's being used as a yard shunter in February 1996.


Just two months after this photograph was taken it would be sold on to local dealer Sid Hartley of Whittingham near Preston on the 30th of March 1996 for the sum of £2,300 plus vat who in turn sold it on to a local fairground operator.


More details in the Life After Riding's gallery.


 Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn' was purchased new from Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Ltd on the 20th of May 1988 at a cost of £28,878 plus vat but was not registered until two months later on the 1st of August that year. 


Driven by the late Vic Mason it is pictured here tipping an old liveried Incobulk box on a 33 foot tipping skelly trailer while discharging it's load at Mold in North Wales.


After seven years service Reg No F780 SFR was sold on to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for the sum of £3,000 plus vat.


Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn' seen here tipping an old liveried Incobulk box on a 33 foot tipping skelly trailer while discharging it's load at Mold in North Wales.


Another shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn' which was first registered for road use on the 1st of August 1988 and driven from new by the late Vic Mason.


Pictured here when just over four years old on Sunday the 14th of February 1993 it is seen here while parked up for the weekend in the depot at Longridge.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


A nice on the road shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn' as it heads West along the A1033 Hedon Road Kingston upon Hull in August 1994.


   Driven from new by the late Vic Mason Reg No F780 SFR was six years old at the time having been registered new some six years earlier on the 1st of August 1988.


Seen here sporting a new front bumper and a recycled front grill, different to the ones it has in the previous pictures, these had been fitted due to it suffering some accident damage in 1993.


A final shot of Seddon Atkinson 4-11 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F780 SFR Fleet No 76 'Helvelyn'.


Seen here in April 1995 it was withdrawn two months later and sold on to J.C. Commercials of Bootle for the sum of £3,000 plus vat on the 6th of June 1995.


 Driven by the late Vic Mason it is seen here after reversing its 33 foot tipping skelly trailer on to the tyre bay in the depot at Longridge.


 Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards


ERF E10 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F560 ACK Fleet No 106 'Scafell Pike' was powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine.


 Purchased new from ERF on the 12th of January 1989 at a cost of £30,056 plus vat it was first registered for road use the following month on the 10th of February.


This was one of only a handful of ERF 4x2 tractor units that were assigned to the Verbrugge contract.


After nine years service with Riding's F560 ACK was sold on the 20th of March 1998 to D.G. Taylor of Driffield in East Yorkshire for an undisclosed sum.


 Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.


Another shot of ERF E10 4x2 tractor unit Reg No F560 ACK Fleet No 106 'Scafell Pike'.


Powered by a Cummins L10 325 engine, and registered new on the 10th of February 1989, it is seen here on the 21st of November 1992 while parked outside the tyre bay at Longridge depot.


Photograph courtesy of Chris Richards.



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