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RSA193 teesside rally
Fire Engine Photos
No: 17287   Contributor: Chris Hall   Year: 1987   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
RSA193 teesside rally

This picture of RSA193 was taken c1987 at Teesside Fire Engine Rally, when it was held at Teesside Airport.
I photographed this at two or three Rallies in the late 80's.
Picture added on 29 May 2009 at 02:27
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Great photo! There seems to be quite a few ex Grampian/North Eastern Fire Brigade appliances in preservation - At least 11 that I know of..

Added by Andy on 29 May 2009.
this now lives in yorkshire and i have just fitted a new engine to her it had been sat since 1987 in a barn in yorks until last year will be good as new soon!

Added by Jason on 29 May 2009.
Jason, that's great news! I remember climbing over this as a kid! Can you tell me who manufactured the Ladders? Was it Metz?

Added by Andy on 30 May 2009.
Hi Jason good to see an old Scottish motor being preserved. Are you taking it to any shows? What F series is this? It looks like an F28?

Added by Grant Melville on 31 May 2009.
yes its a metz 100 ft ladder a work of art but mighty heavy!!

Added by Jason on 31 May 2009.
Looking at the Hand-wheels, is it "Armstrong Patent" aka "Handraulic"; or is it a powered Aerial ?

Great-looking truck; and good to hear from Jason, that it is still with us.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 02 June 2009.
hi this is a metz hydraulic/mechanical ladder of the DL30 type fitted to a dennis f27 chassis with coachwork by dennis powered by a rolls royce B80 mk50a petrol engine and four speed crash box
it would be on the scene shortly after its big tidy up!
it is like its been in a time capsual the signs in the cab detailing places and roads it fits down bridges it will pass under will post some up to date pictures shortly

Added by Jason on 02 June 2009.
Thanks for the info Jason so we might see it at truckfest Ingilston sometime then?

Added by Grant Melville on 03 June 2009.

How are you getting on with the TL? Any more photos or an update on the restoration....



Added by Andy Bain on 13 November 2009.
i have been busy on this machine fitting new brakes and trying to bleed the clutch which is proving to be a pain!
she has run with her brand new engine although the electrics are proving a problem but we soldier on!
i will add photos as soon as i can

Added by Jason on 15 November 2009.
As I recall the F27 chassis was introduced in 1957 but Metz were building hydraulic ladders after 1959, replacing these chain driven designs which had been around for several decades.

This suggests that - unless this was a remount - it must have been built in a rather narrow time window in the late fifties.

Added by Rob Johnson on 21 August 2018.

I don't think these were a remount? The previous TL Was Reg:LSA9 which was a Dennis F17? Its still around as is the old war time Leyland Merryweather TL Reg GLW410. The other one I know of A Dennis F7 Reg:GSA999 which had wooden ladders was quickly converted to a Pump Escape .

Added by Andy on 23 August 2018.
Your right about the F27 Rob. Had a Look at History of Scottish Fire Brigades sight, and it's an 1959
Dennis F27/Metz based at the old Aberdeen Central Station in King Street.

Added by Grant Melville on 23 August 2018.

Thanks. This makes this F27 with a Metz mechanical ladder a rather rare combination! There were also two F27 Magirus mechanicals supplied to Surrey as I recall.

So it is really important that Jason went to the trouble and expense of preserving and restoring it. A new B80, among other things, is like buying a new car...

Added by Rob Johnson on 25 August 2018.
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