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Bedford Water Ladder Harrogate Fire station
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No: 15452   Contributor: Paul Warnock   Year: 1979   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford Water Ladder Harrogate Fire station

1979 Bedford Water Ladder, based at Harrogate fire station, North Yorkshire. Looking in a bit better condition than in picture #15442. Paul.
Picture added on 24 February 2009
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Thanks for adding this Paul, i remember York having YVN468T which looked like this apart from the York machine had a stem light above the cab front, always thought these looked ugly and was glad when York got rid and got either DPY592/ 3 V as it's replacement, ok, yes a Bedford but ....

Added by John Johnstone on 26 February 2009.
North Yorkshire seemed to like ugly appliances, they had their fair share of them over the years. But the good thing was they were built on the Bedford chassis and engine which proved most reliable over the many years they were in service.

Added by Paul Warnock on 27 February 2009.
Too true Paul, far better than the current fleet .... any news on when the Merc 4 x4 's are going and what's replacing them ?

Added by John Johnstone on 27 February 2009.
John, I have heard recently a TAG (Technical Appraisal Group) is being set up to look at a number of replacement items within the Brigade. One of these are to look at "none standard" fire appliances which will replace the Mercedes 4x4's, no idea what they will get but will let you know if I hear anything. Paul.

Added by Paul Warnock on 28 February 2009.
What was the attraction of these (and so many other) full custom cabs on the TK chassis?

HCB Angus and several others - including some brigade's own workshops - built perfectly fine appliances using the standard Bedford cowl and even the windscreen and front doors, and a few Merrywreather ladders had beautifully executed four door cab extensions.

It can't be that these custom cabs were less expensive, and apart from the few reinforced "safety cabs" which were sold, I really don't see the point...

Added by Rob Johnson on 12 March 2018.
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