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NFKG50 AEC/Maudslay Regent MK3
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No: 15957   Contributor: Andy McVean   Year: 2008   Manufacturers: AEC, Maudslay   Country: United Kingdom
NFKG50 AEC/Maudslay Regent MK3

FKG50, AEC/Maudslay Regent MK3, Dual Purpose Pump Escape. Delivered in 1950 to Cardiff City Fire Brigade, was kept in reserve until the early 1970's for fighting ship fires due to their greater pumping capacity of 1000 gallons/min(4500 litres/min), which was greater than that of the new pumps at the time. It carries a 50 foot escape ladder. Unusually for a fire appliance of the time is that it was fitted with a AEC diesel engine, compared to most at the time being petrol.
Picture added on 11 March 2009 at 15:53
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Where is it please?

Added by Bob on 11 March 2009.
The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, Lathalmond, search for svbm and you will get their website.

Added by Andy McVean on 12 March 2009.
Thanks,rather a long way for me.

Added by Bob on 12 March 2009.
Yep, on this pic it's clearer, it does seem to be carrying the all metal Merryweather 50 ft escape too, just as it did in the Cardiff days. Who nicked the warning systems?

Added by Tony Madsen on 26 April 2015.
These were a fairly popular alternative to the Dennis F12 with some brigades. About 120 were supplied to many brigades including London, Middlesex, Newcastle, Oxford, South Shields and several other cities and county boroughs.

The chassis was a shortened double deck bus chassis, which offered a low profile and center of gravity. Almost all were pump escapes, but there were also a few canopy cab turntable ladders and at least one fully enclosed emergency tender, but no water tenders.

They never achieved the sales of the Dennis, because in the early and mid 1950s most fire brigades still insisted on petrol engines - a preference which lasted well into the early 1970s.

This gave the advantage to Bedford, Commer and Dennis during those early years. Diesels were considered to be slow to warm up, to have poor acceleration and limited top speed - and were thought to be difficult to maintain as they required specialized mechanics...

If Merryweather had built fire appliances on these commercial petrol chassis, they may well have been a much more serious contender and survived a lot longer in business. Instead, loads of small firms built hundreds of appliances on these chassis.

Added by Rob Johnson on 20 September 2018.
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