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1st Sabre in presevation
Fire Engine Photos
No: 13161   Contributor: Simon Gunning   Year: 1996   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
1st Sabre in presevation

This is my Dennis sabre, it used to serve with Warwickshire FRS.
I have refurbished it myself including the spray job and stripes all cut by hand. I decided to paint it the same as the one South Yorkshire FRS had on trial from Dennis's, personally I think this was the best ever paint design on a sabre, and it was a one off. It used to be at a station where a family member worked so getting pics of it was never a problem.
Picture added on 15 December 2008
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forgive me if im wrong but the point of preservation is to preserve an appliance in its original livery and state and re livering or painting a preserved appliance is not right its actually modifying an appliance to your own liking.. just my opinion ..anyone else

Added by Mick M on 15 December 2008.
You certainly have matched the livery well Simon. My first thought when I saw this picture was that it was S542 APH, the demonstrator you speak of. It spent some time here in Norfolk during 2000 and I believe it found a permanent home in Ireland.

Added by Chris Wood on 16 December 2008.
Thanks for your comment chris, S542 APH is now serving in Limerick city, you can find it on blues and twos web site, although they have changed the stripes and painted a bit more white on it. After it left Norfolk it went to BAA fire service at Heathroww for a while also, before they purchased the Scania pumps.

Added by Simon Gunning on 16 December 2008.
Simon, thats a brilliant job you have done. congratulations and dare I predict you now own a future classic!

Added by John Stott on 16 December 2008.
well done its a beauty of a machine i give you that
anyway i have a family member who works at leaminton spa fire station
anyway loverly applience
how old is it 1997?

Added by Jake Caswell on 16 December 2008.
Hi Jake, It served at Stratford W/T(3yrs), Leamington W/T(1yr) & shipston RTD(8yrs) It's a 1996 (P) This was the first of two that we bought the second one N172 WRW we sold to Wessex Fire and Rescue in Dorset.

Added by Simon Gunning on 17 December 2008.
ok thank you for the info :)

Added by Jake Caswell on 17 December 2008.
Goodness me!! A Sabre in preservation already?! We still have these on the run on Teesside as front line machines! You've done a wonderfull job on it, but thanks for making me feel ten years older lol!

Added by Chris Hall Teesside UK. on 24 January 2009.
Fantastic job... like Chris, I remember when these first came in to replace the SS's... now I do feel old.

Added by Pete Gardner on 14 February 2009.
Is this the one that's been sold to Kent international airport for further use

Added by Rg on 31 March 2010.
Simon, would you be repainting her into her original brigade livery? Looks like a South Yorkshire machine at the mo. Served at Stratford-upon-Avon and then Royal Leamington Spa retained and finally at Shipston-on-Stour retained station where I photographed her. Fleet Number PRL 74.Chassis no. SFD122B12TGS40212.

Added by Andy Middleton on 01 April 2010.
this is now in service in this livery with kent airport

Added by Calvin Fox on 01 April 2010.
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