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Leyland Cub ex Middlesbrough XG2450.
Fire Engine Photos
No: 18386   Contributor: Chris Hall   Year: 1987   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
Leyland Cub ex Middlesbrough XG2450.

This former Middlesbrough Leyland (formerly named 'The Lady Sadler')is seen at Preston Park c1987, in the livery of it's second owner the 'Universal Printing Company'.
I understand it currently lives at Tynemouth Fire Station, and will be restored in it's Middlesbrough livery.
Apologies for the sub-standard print.
Picture added on 18 July 2009 at 01:17
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Hi Chris, do you know Road Signature models have a model of LADY SADLER in 1/43 scale also the DOCs DENNIS LIGHT 4 + DENNIS N type price £12 to £16 pounds regards ian mc

Added by Ian Mc on 19 July 2009.
Chris, I wonder if this was once owned by a Mr Keech of West Yorkshire who had a company with that name in the 1970s. He is no longer with us but his son told me he had a barn kitted out as a fire station and a number of appliances including former Huddersfield Dennis F7, EVH 680.
He also told me that he didn't operate a works fire brigade as such but did obviously add the company's name to his vehicles.

Added by Chris Wood on 19 July 2009.
Tynemouth Fire Station is in the throes of 'Redevelopment'. All of the Brigades preserved appliances (The Lady Sadler, Leyland Cub and Dennis F12) lived in what used to be the Ambulance station garage behind the main fire station. As this has now been demolished all three appliances are now in unaccessible long term storage at the old Brigade Workshops. They should re-emerge in 12-18 months time.

As Ian has said there is an superb model of the Lady Sadler in the Yatming Road Signature series. However due to a slip in translation the model is sign writtern 'LADY SADLEP' on the hose lockers. At the time the Yatming photographer worked on her, he also took photographs and notes of both the Leyland Cub and the F12. So quite possibly in the future we will be able to collect all of Tyne and Wear's preserved fleet in miniature.

Best wishes, Barry.


Added by Dr. B.A. Hutchinson on 21 July 2009.
Well I found out this week that Corgi have just introduced a 1/76 scale Dennis F12! I can't wait for it to appear in the North East liveries.

Added by Chris Hall Teesside. UK. on 25 December 2009.
I have seen this model Chris and don't build too many hopes up!It looks OK from a distance is all I can say! Shame,we need some really good diecasts.

Added by Gary Simpson on 26 December 2009.
I bought the model of The Lady Sadler yesterday (just saw it by chance in Modelzone). I remembered that back in 1986 I went with teh Curator of The Museum of Science and Engineering (as it was called) in Newcastle, John hallam, to the Fire Engine rally at Batley. It was the weekend England played Argentina in the World Cup aand Maradona cheated by handling the ball, a game I watched in a pub in Batley. On the way back we went via the North York Moors asJohn wanted to visit the owner of this appliance with the view of acquiring it for the museum service. He told me the owner had made his fortune by inventing the original ink for Biro pens. He lived in a very remote farm and it was very foggy...I couldn't find my way to it again if I was to look for a 100 years!! I'm sure. As I remember it the fire engine went to Tyne and Wear Museums and I am sure I have a photo of it in store somewhere but that in later years, after John had left, the collection was rationalised and that this and a new world bodied machine was disposed of. At the times there were plans to have a museum of firefighting in the north east and some plans were produced to put it in Tynemouth Railway Station.

Added by Martin A. Routledge on 29 December 2011.
I seem to remember that last year ( 2016) on e-bay a chap was selling hose and general fittings he claimed were marked Lady Sadler and were from this engine. Does she still survive or has she been dismantled?

Added by Paul Bundy on 10 March 2017.
No she is still in the car of Tyne and Wear fire brigade

Added by Ian mc on 17 March 2017.
The fittings were for sale...from this vehicle..the previous owner still had them from his ownership !

Added by Rick Loudon on 18 March 2017.
Martin...I agree that farm is very remote...I visited the previous owners son there last year after buying some of the items he had listed for sale...I also came away the proud owner of the engine and pump from a Merryweather Steam Fire engine ex Flowers Brewery Cheltenham !

Added by Rick Loudon on 21 March 2017.
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