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GXA 97  MERRYWEATHER DENNIS
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No: 12503   Contributor: Bob Graham   Year: 2008   Manufacturers: Leyland, Merryweather   Country: United Kingdom
GXA 97 MERRYWEATHER DENNIS

I thought it might clarify matters by providing a photo of the 1943 MERRYWEATHER-DENNIS 100FT aerial ladder truck, commonly referred to in the UK as a TL-Turntable ladder provided by Merryweather & Sons with a 500 IGPM pump. took several pics of this machine as it has the looks of toughness and durability which impressed me at the time; I have a slide of a sister machine GKA 95 which was given to me by a good Welsh friend, the late John Hughes, a police officer, of Cardiff. These GXA models were later-production than the GLW series, one noticeable difference being the lack of the large chromed headlights which on some models could swivel for site lighting. Too, the GL and GX license plates were put on all sorts of ancillary and support vehicles. In Fire Force 16, B Division, we had a new Austin ATV that was built up a a Mobile Telephone Unit( that would ultimately replace dispatch riders), and sometimes I would be attached to it when I wasn't the duty DR; its license was GXA 221. At a large fire, the Dispatch Rider had to gather the license plate numbers plus the designated identification codes( e.g.17B1X-H.U) and record this at the Control Unit). Too, the DR often had to log all petrol delivered in the same manner---the odd job boy!
Picture added on 20 November 2008
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Another nice picture Bob, thanks for sharing it with us, it helps with filling
in the gap of appliances that were produced during the war for the war effort.
Even though many did survive going into post-war active service well into the
late 1960's/early 1970's, many people will not remember these classics.

Added by Pete Matten on 20 November 2008.
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