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Berkshire & Reading Fire Brigade AMO 654
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No: 13488   Contributor: Ian Moore   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
Berkshire & Reading Fire Brigade AMO 654

In response to the request for a shot of AMO 654, here's a post-war one of it in Berkshire & Reading livery.
Picture added on 26 December 2008
add commentComments:
Ian, thanks on finding a shot of this Leyland pump escape which appeared back
in that 1960's Benny Hill sketch.Richard Yokley(Tucson Arizona)E.Mailed me
for information, etc.I had very little info on this one and certainly have
not got a picture.It went into presevation, but I don't know today if this
lovely old Leyland PE is still around.Thanks very much again Ian, Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 27 December 2008.
I have a colour slide of it in preservation somewhere - I'll see if I can dig it out !

Added by Ian Moore on 27 December 2008.
The last time i knew, AMO was owned by Keith Nickols who lived in Thorpe Green, Surrey.There was a possible interest by someone in Sussex!
This vehicle is of interest to me as it was used as a reserve to cover Stn 1 Caversham Rd Readings 1951 Dennis P E (where this photo was taken)where I had the "pleasure" of riding her, happy days!
Keep up the good work
Happy & fruitful New Year .Alan,

Added by Alan Jones ex Sub O,B R F B on 27 December 2008.
Thanks very much Alan for the information on the 1937 Leyland PE(AMO 654)
and some of its history, its nice to know she may still be in preservation.
Ian, thanks again for tracking down this one, its a classic B/W photograph
of that time in history when it was still in service.Colour slide-WOW!.

Added by Pete Matten on 27 December 2008.

I would love some more info on this beauty of a motor.
I spent many a day at the back of Caversham Road when i was a kid.
This is a peach of a photo.

Best wishes to all on this site for 09.



Added by Chris Whitton on 27 December 2008.
Oh this is GREAT. Would love to see the colour photo of it preserved as well and its current location/owner.

Added by Richard Yokley on 27 December 2008.
my farther restored this appliance in the late 70s it was sold in the lat 80s and the las i know of the appliance it was in the essex area about 8 years ago and was missing the escape and marked up with a local village name any one with any information on this appliance please let me know

Added by Keith Nicholas on 02 April 2009.
Keith, When your father restored it was it done to livery of B&R or some other town? You have any restored photos form then?
thanks, richard

Added by Richard Yokley on 26 April 2009.
no he restored it back to the original town of wokingham in berks later B&R then RBFB
Do you have any information on the present location of the appliance

Added by Keith Nicholas on 29 June 2009.
Keith, Thanks for the info. I have no info as to its current owner/location as I live in the USA. Would be great if someone was able to track it down

Added by Richard Yokley on 01 July 2009.
Richard if you check out my web site there is a color photo of the appliance on there yes it wolud be good to find it as i would like the appliance back

Added by Keith Nicholas on 06 July 2009.
Keith, I sent you a msg over at your site

Added by Richard Yokley on 09 July 2009.
Where did she start her career?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 13 December 2011.
AMO was purchased in 1937 by the Borough of Wokingham, following NFS service it was absorbed into Berks&Reading F.B. at Stn 10 Wokingham.
It went out of service about 1965 when stationed at Stn 21 Wallingford ( then in Berkshire) when a conrod went through the side of the engine.
I spoke to Keith Nicholas Jnr at Odiham this year , we are both very interested as to its whereabouts.

Added by Alan Jones on 13 December 2011.
I also spoke to Keith at Odiham this year regarding this appliance - I last saw it in Essex about 8 years ago - the diesel engine now fitted in it would be explained by the engine failure when still in service - it was near Mountnessing in Essex but the land it was on was being compulsory purchased for the M25 extension so it may well have gone - interestingly in the same shed was an ex Oxfordshire Leyland Cub

Added by Rick Loudon on 13 December 2011.
And before anyone asks - the ex Oxfordshire Leyland was UD 5356 an FK1 new to Banbury UDC Fire Brigade !

Added by Rick Loudon on 14 December 2011.
Rick - You did not happen to get any photos of the AMO at the time you saw in in the shed did you?

Added by Richard Yokley on 14 December 2011.

No I'm sorry I did'nt all the vehicles were 'nose to tail' as usual and it was very dark !

Added by Rick Loudon on 15 December 2011.
Thank you very much for the reply Alan. What a cock-up 1974 was.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 15 December 2011.
Still very interested as to the whereabouts of this machine, would appreciate any info or help in locating it.
It must be out there somewhere!

Added by Alan Jones on 11 February 2012.
Rick, I did not realize it until now, well I just did not check on it, but the other appliance in the shed with the AMO (the 1933 Leyland FK1, UD 5356, chassis number 1112) was the appliance that appeared in December 23, 1970, the 1st version of the Benny Hill classic, 'A Tribute to the Lower Tidmarsh Fire Brigade'. I find it interesting that both of these Benny Hill utilized appliances were actually housed together. The AMO appeared in the same titled sketch February 11, 1981.
A shame that both have come up missing

Added by Richard Yokley on 11 February 2012.
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