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A special thank you to the late Thomas William Riding, former managing director and chief executive of W & J Riding for 25 years, to whom this website is dedicated.

Over the years Tom was kind enough to supply a vast amount of detailed historical information along with many of the superb rare photographs featured and without his invaluable help and dedication this website would not have been possible.

The site now contains over 2500 images, complete with in depth details, all of which are accessible via the main menu & side menu (marked with the mobile menu icon of 3 lines on a mobile & tablet).

Seddon Atkinson KPF 421W

Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 6×2 tractor unit Reg No KPF 421W Fleet No 50 (Chassis No FC 42505) was unique in being the one and only three axle tractor unit that W & J Riding operated while Tom Riding was managing director of the company.

Named ‘Alfred the Great’ and powered by Cummins E290 engine it was used on general haulage then later used hauling a tandem axle tipping trailer at 38 tons GVW

Registered new on the 1st of August 1980 KPF 421W is seen here in its original form when operated by Ifield Transport of Sussex.

Riding’s purchased it second hand when three years old from Yardley of Kidderminster for £9,400 plus vat on the 7th of August 1983.

In October 1984 KPF 421W was fitted with a Norde bogie third axle conversion which cost £3,270 plus vat.

Seen here on the fuel island at Longridge depot it had been converted by R J & I Wells who also fitted a Norde bogie to one of their own Seddon Atkinsons at the same time.

Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

May 1985 and KPF 421W waits to turn right into the depot on Whittingham Road in Longridge. 

Powered by Cummins E290 engine KPF 421W was later used on a regular basis pulling a tandem axle tipping trailer at 38 tons GVW.

Photograph courtesy of the late Michael Deuchars.

Seddon Atkinson 400 Series 6×2 tractor unit Reg No KPF 421W Fleet No 50 is seen here at Shackleton Mill in the village of Lucan near Dublin Southern Ireland while loading up with gluten which was destined for the factories of Heinz at Wigan or Harlesden in London.

In later life KPF 421W came to grief in the wet when it ran into the rear of a Fleet Haulage tanker when travelling unit only at Grimsargh about 3 miles from the depot at Longridge.

After the accident it was rebuilt using the cab from Seddon Atkinson 400 Series Reg No UJP 758S Fleet No 79 ‘Hardwicke’ which had been scrapped in June 1986.

Another shot of KPF 421W came to grief in the wet when it ran into the rear of a Fleet Haulage tanker when travelling unit only through the village of Grimsargh Lancashire.

Seen here parked in Longridge depot after six years service with Riding’s KPF 421W was eventually sold to John Killingbeck of Blackburn on the 1st of August 1989 for £2,700 plus vat where it started its third life.