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1954 Maudslay Merlin II Merryweather
Fire Engine Photos
No: 11747   Contributor: Bob Graham   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: AEC   Country: United Kingdom
1954 Maudslay Merlin II Merryweather

A few weeks ago there was discussion about AEC and Maudslay fire trucks; this is the only one I ever encountered although several were in use in the 1950s and following; this is a 1954 Maudslay Merlin II with all bodywork and fire equipment by Merryweather. It had an AEC AV470 engine, 500-800gpm pump, 400 gallons of water and should have a 45' alloy ladder, but this rig carries a wooden on e. At the time I saw it, it was a training machine in Edinburgh. Does anyone know of others that survived? Also, I wonder if the new 1:43 scale model of the 1938 Dennis Light Four pump escape by Yat Ming is available to the fire truck enthusiastsin the UK, ( soon to be joined by the 1932 Leyland Braidwood pump); they've just been released here in the US and are really great little replicas of these interesting fire trucks.
Picture added on 17 October 2008
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Bob, and anyone else thats interested in the YatMing models.There is a total at
this time of three British models being released by YatMing in there'Signature-
series', also two very nice German ones.
The first in the British series was a 1921 Dennis'N'Type and the second was a
1934 Leyland FK-1, both the mensioned are in shops now.The last in the series
which is the Dennis Light Four is due in the shops anytime now.
Thanks for sharing this brilliant picture with us-its a real gem of a classic.

Added by Pete Matten on 17 October 2008.
Nice picture bob, I think Leeds City had a Merlin, it carried a wheel escape circa 1959, unfortunately my fathers memory is vague but he recalls several Merryweathers at the time being there.

Added by John Stott on 17 October 2008.
Where was this photo taken? Lauriston?

Added by Scott on 17 October 2008.
Hi Pete Madden,
Happy to hear you've been able to get the new 1:43 fire trucks, as they are so very well done and over here cost so little---just US$15, about seven and a half or your pounds. I hope Yat Ming also makes available the similar replicas of our classic fire trucks as I notice on this site quite a number of enthusiasts say they know very little of our equipment.
And Scott asked if the Maudslay was photographed at Lauriston. Sorry to say that all I remember was that it was in back of the main station in Edinburgh; if someone from that city reads these comments maybe they recognize the buildings.
If anyone is interested in the working end of this Maudslay, I do have a photo of the controls and pump.
I wish that some person who knows more about this Maudslay fire truck, and if any are in museums. Also I'm a bit mystified over the differences between Merryweather AECs and the Maudslay, as I discovered that some of the earlier models that I thought were AECs are actually Maudslay including the large emergency truck for the London Fire Brigade is actually branded as a Maudslay

Added by Bob Graham on 19 October 2008.
I own the Emergency Tender you mention Bob, and I've often been told it's a Maudslay. However, as you may expect, it's badged as a Merryweather. I've yet to see evidence of it the Maudslay heritage...

We had a truck much like that one Bob, inherited from Surrey in 1965... swap a picture for some of yours of the 'business end'?


Added by Mike Cotton on 09 November 2008.
This is indedeed Laurieston Place, now home to our HQ and excellent museum.

Added by Stevie Murray on 09 November 2008.
Question for Stevie Murray,
Thanks for confirming location, and information alluded to of an excellent museum. Was this Maudslay preserved and put in the museum? Also, "back when"
they had a most interesting old timer: a Halley with brass fittings; it would be great to see it on this site if you have a pic==I have one frontal shot but it is dark.

Added by Bob Graham on 09 November 2008.
Hi Bob,
sadly the museum does not have this maudslay preserved within it, I'm not sure where it ended up. I can ask Ian McMourtrie ( curator and ex-FM ) and see if he knows. I will try and arrange a shot of the old timers in the museum next time am there.

Added by Stevie Murray on 09 November 2008.
Morning All,
I've posted two images of two of the three London Maudslay's I know of, in this Album. Just trying to find the other one. Only one of them though was a true London truck - two were inherited in 1965.

Added by Mike Cotton on 10 November 2008.
Hi all

The above WrT was based in Galashiels when I joined the South Eastern Fire Brigade in 1965. Once I became a driver this was the machine I mostly drove. Brings back many memories looking at it. It was replaced sometime in the '70s with a Dennis WrL

Added by John Payne on 11 December 2008.
Hi all
I think I may have made a mistake re the Maudslay. When I saw the photo of it at Lauriston I immediately assumed it was the one stationed at Galashiels but then I saw the photo of the wrecked one at Crew Toll and the info about it. According to the info there were two of them a P and a WrT. I wasn't aware of that fact. The one at Gala was a WrT. Reg. NSF 233.

It was identical to the one at Lauriston in looks. That's why I was mistaken.

I now know what happened to the WrT but I've no Idea about the P. There's now a museum at Lauriston perhaps it's there.

Sorry for the mistake

Added by John Payne on 14 December 2008.
further to John's remarks, when you saw NSF 233 (Galashiels WrT) and NSF 232 (Lauriston P (second machine), the Gala WrT was bigger in appearance, (probably due to having a 400 gal tank instead of the 100 gal tank on Lauriston's machine. Neither of these two appliances made it into the Museum.

Added by Colin McFarlane Foster on 12 October 2011.
I drove this machine at Lauriston as the second machine.Later to become a brigade spare It was a great performer on the road. I always remember that for a fairly light machine it had a large bus engine and could perform better than most in city traffic. When involved in a full turn-out ET, TTL, PE, and pump she had to be held back in the queue.

Added by Archie Hill on 12 November 2011.
When she was running as a Brigade spare, I recall being tasked in the middle of the night by the one and only StnO George Crawford to head for Tranent in the station van along with Tommy Knowles, to bring her back to Lauriston. On the way back somewhere within striking distance of the station, the hose reel nozzle somehow became detached from its stowage bracket and the reel started to unwind itself much to the horror of Tommy following in the van. If I recall correctly, she had a single rear-mounted reel and the unwinding tubing was not easily spotted in the mirrors (my excuse anyway !). By the time we turned into Lauriston's yard a few metres had unwound and the Meynell nozzle had seen better days ! I can hear the late George Crawford's crucifixion address to me to this day ... !

Added by Keith Richardson on 13 November 2011.
Thanks for that info. from the SEFB retirees I will add it to my scrap book.
Can you say what happened tp NSF233, see picture #30018 and picture #12248

Added by Ian Scott on 16 November 2011.
Ian, sadly picture #12248 shows the demise of NSF 233 at Crewe Toll, being used for a variety of cutting and extrication drills. She was considered a write off after being involved in an RTA. (I think). NSF 232 on the other hand seemed indestructible. She was the first brigade vehicle to be outlined in red light reflecting tape. I don't know where she went in the end

Added by Colin McFarlane Foster on 17 November 2011.
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