Atkinson Borderer Reg No PTC 440K
Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K Fleet No 8 ‘Faithful’ (Chassis No 20666) 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 6LXB 180 engine it was driven from new by Rex Rich after which time it 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 in the depot at Longrdige in it’s original livery Atkinson Borderer 4X2 tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K Fleet No 8 ‘Faithful’ was first registered for road use on the 1st of July 1972.
Pictured here towards the end of it’s working life at Riding’s PTC 440K was being utilised solely 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.
Original vehicle identification plate of PTC 440K.
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
On the 29th of March 2023 Reg No PTC 440K was up for auction at Mathewsons of Thornton le Dale North Yorkshire who have given it an estimate of between £18,000 to £20,000.
It failed to meet it’s reserve but was later purchased by Jo Coultas who already owns an Atkinson Borderer, Reg No KBU 375P, which he is in the process of restoring as of August 2023.
September 2023 and PTC 440K is pictured here at it’s new home in Nottinghamshire after being bought by Jo Coultas.