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Tyne and Wear TL/F03
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No: 1781   Contributor: Mark McMullen   Year: 1984   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Tyne and Wear TL/F03

1984 Dennis DF133 30m Turntable ladder. Ex Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Spent most of it's active life at Newcastle East (Station Foxtrot, Fossway, Walker) and Tynemouth (Station Juliet).
Now in preservation in the North East of England.
Picture added on 28 December 2006
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Its rare to see TL mounted on a Dennis chassis.

Added by Bomba Boy on 28 December 2006.
Bomba Boy is actually incorrect. In the U.K. it was common for T.L's to be on Dennis chassis. The Dennis 'Delta' chassis of the 1970's was specifically designed for TL's and this is carried through today with the Sabre HD chassis.

Added by Barry on 28 December 2006.
Bomber Boy, the first appliance I rode on to a fire call after intake to the Auckland Metropolitan Fire Board was a 1956 Dennis F12, 125' Turn Table Ladder (TTL) by Metz, the most striking fire appliance in the front line of Pitt Street, Auckland Fire Brigade Headquarters. This machine gave many years of loyal service and is still preserved as new today with one of the fire museums in New Zealand.

Added by Pavel Zaremba on 28 December 2006.
Bomba Boy, Up here in Northern Ireland there is no Dennis chassis TL's (they are on Iveco Magirus & Volvo FS7 chassis), however in Southern Ireland there are quite a few Dennis chassis TL (& HP) appliances, many on there "2nd life" after leaving fire services in England. Dublin Fire Service has 2 Dennis Sabre TL's & at least 1 Dennis DLR/DF TL, it had an older Dennis chassis TL, think it was possibly a F127 or Delta chassis. The old Belfast Fire Brigade in N.Ireland many years ago had a Rolls Royce powered Dennis/Metz 125ft TL, same as the 1 Pavel mentioned, although it was downgraded to 100ft due to stabilty problems.

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 29 December 2006.
Thanks for the response.What i meant is that i rarely see Dennis TL in action.What i know is that some UK fire brigade(s) still use Dennis TL.While the Ireland fire own a Dennis Sabre TL which is stationed at their HQ.

Added by Bomba Boy on 29 December 2006.
Bryan, just a note to say that I have the Belfast 125' Dennis Metz. I bought it straight from the Brigade. It has the closed in cab at the rear to give additional protection. If you have any pictures of it in service I would love to see them. You can email me directly at
Best wishes,


Added by Barry on 29 December 2006.
Bomba Boy, the 2 Dennis Sabre TL's are both in Dublin in Southern Ireland at Townsend Street Fire Station. See the Blues & twos website at www.blues-twos. com/Dublin-Echo-District for pictures.

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 29 December 2006.
Nice to see "Batty" (A726 BTY) can generate so much conversation.
All the Best, Mark.

Added by Mark McMullen on 29 December 2006.
I forget to add Dublin at my earlier comment.What i'm referring are about the Dublin Dennis Sabre TL.Thanks for the website.

Added by Bomba Boy on 30 December 2006.
What make is the Ladder of this vehicle? Dennis did not make the actual ladder & turrret - is this a Merryweather or imported?

Added by Neil Bennett on 28 June 2007.
Neil, If you refer to picture #2658

You can improve your TL ladder identification skills.

Added by Barry on 28 June 2007.
Every year at Preston Park its always good to see this machine! One of my favourites at the event. The engine sounds very nice, aswell as the sirens! lol

Added by Adam Plumb on 05 May 2009.
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