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Wallsend Fire Station - Dennis F12
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No: 10942   Contributor: Dr. B.A. Hutchinson   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Wallsend Fire Station - Dennis F12

Outside the Town Hall to attract the passing people into the exhibition inside was parked this magnificent Dennis F12. In service from 1952 to 1973 it of course features the powerful but thirsty Rolls Royce B80 8 cylinder engine.
Picture added on 10 September 2008
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Dr. I absolutely love this photo, but? Now you know I am a bit of a budding artist, if I was to reproduce this machine, in the roof line sign 'FIRE' would I not be more correct to display two amber lamps, , , , , ??

Added by Pavel on 20 September 2008.
Pavel, yes behind the fire sign are two amber lamps. You have to remember that when these appliances were built the normal turn signal was a 'trafficator' which was a mechanical arm which popped out ouf the side of the machine containg a small (3 watt) bulb in an amber plastic case. Flasher units had not been invented then. When flasher units became available, many machines like the F12 above had their trafficators were replaced by flashing turn signal lamps.

Now, to the point of the story... the amber lamps behind the fire sign never flashed or wig-wagged (what a lovely North American description) but just stayed constantly illuminated, so by putting a 'fire' sign in front of them hardly detracted from their attention atracting capabilities. In later years when flasher units were available they were often inserted into the circuit to makes the lamps flash.

Added by Barry on 20 September 2008.
Barry, once again I learn something from this site. I had just assumed that the amber lights had always been designed to flash. I have a pair fitted with blue lenses which I suspect were changed in the 1960s.

Added by Chris Wood on 21 September 2008.
That's right Chris, some brigades did have the lenses amended to blue in the early 1960s, as an interim until such time as beacons were installed.

Added by Ian Moore on 22 September 2008.
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