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Bedford  Pump ELG479
Fire Engine Photos
No: 13155   Contributor: Bob Graham   Year: 1999   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford Pump ELG479

I wonder if anyone can help to identify this rare classic Bedford fire truck from the mid 1930s which apparently showed up at several fairs and historic vehicle runs or displays in southern England. A couple of people sent me this type of frontal view only; I'd be interested to know where it served, if it is in a museum etc. Also I would hope someone might post on this site a good shot of it with three quarter front view. Thanks
Bob Graham
Picture added on 15 December 2008
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ELG is a Cheshire Reg I am fairly certain it's not Northwich the had a Morris Commercial with a Hatfield pump.

Added by Neal Glover on 04 December 2010.
ELG is certainly Cheshire. Neal, Northwich had GMB 731, Morris Commercial but I have no details of the above photo. Does anyone know if the Congleton UDCFB Thornycroft/Lawton PE is still in existance?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 05 December 2010.
This is a 1937 Bedford WLG that spent all its working life at ICI Mond Division, Northwich, Cheshire. Bodywork is reputedly by either Duple or Harrington, both better known for their coaches. Photo was taken at the HCVS London-Brighton run by the look of it. The vehicle was certainly there in 1972 but I can't date this particular photo. It's still licensed so must be around somewhere.

Superb 1930s photos submitted by Bob Graham - thanks for sharing.


Added by Roger Mardon on 20 February 2011.
Hello! I can help with this. My father bought this fire engine and restored it, the photo is from the London to Brighton rally. My family still own it, unfortunately it isn't in such good condition now. We used to go on lots of historic vehicle rallies in it, and it was always greatly admired. We have a wonderful cine film of us driving down the Northwich bypass (in Cheshire) taken when I was a child. If anyone would like more information please let's know.

Added by Sally Kershaw on 27 September 2015.
Currently for sale on Ebay in 'barn find' condition. Someone please save it !

Added by CraigW on 08 December 2017.
Craig - can you post a link please?

Added by John C on 08 December 2017.
My father and I purchased this vehicle today. I will upload some pictures of it's current condition when we bring the vehicle back to our workshop on Tuesday next week if anyone is interested.

Added by Lee on 08 December 2017.
Yes sure there will be much interest on here !

All pre-war Bedford's are thin on the ground , mainly because the army requisitioned thousands from their civilian owners during the war and either left them in France or wrecked them , still needs must !

Added by CraigW on 12 December 2017.
In later years ICI seemed to usually buy ex local authority appliances. The Cheshire reg would certainly fit with Mond Division

Added by Neal Glover on 12 December 2017.
18 months after we purchased this vehicle it is now finally coming together, all the chrome work has been redone, engine all running, many many hours spent on restoring this fine vehicle, it has been a pleasure restoring her, looking forward to taking this lovely vehicle to a few shows, Sally Kershaw, i would love to see the cine film you have, if anyone wants to see some pictures of this vehicle please email me as I don't know how to upload them onto here

Added by ALLAN BALSDON on 11 June 2019.
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