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Bedford TKEL at Bohemia Road.
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No: 19919   Contributor: Shaun R.   Year: 1980   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford TKEL at Bohemia Road.

This was taken around 1980 at Hastings fire station. PUF 418R, new in 1977 was the first new pump issued to Hasting after become part of East Sussex Fire Brigade in 1974. It was replaced in 1984 by another Bedford TK1260 HSC. PUF then went to Bexhill as the second pump.
Picture added on 10 October 2009 at 09:19
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This appliance is now owned by fire aid international in Hampshire.

Added by MORGAN CHAPMAN on 10 October 2009.
Thanks Shaun, the only "B type" worth a salt.

Added by John Stott on 10 October 2009.
Hi Morgan,is the Bedford still a runner and road worthy or was it used in a programe about the 1987 storm and had a tree dropped onto it?

Added by Shaun R. on 11 October 2009.
Perfect all-red TK. This HCB bodied TK was probably the classic British water tender of the sixties and seventies. Neat, purposeful and greatly liked by most of the lads who used them.

I sold D series Fords against them, and although we supplied Ds to around a dozen British brigades, the TK was always a tough contender - at least until we introduced the D1317 with the Perkins V8 engine, just as many brigades were switching to diesel...

Added by Rob Johnson on 01 December 2017.
Just a brief update. As a result of a question, I looked into the number of brigades who bought D series in the UK and have come up with twenty six so far. Some were one-off sales but many were multiple batches. Although most were water tenders, there were examples of most other types too.

Numerous others were sold overseas too, with the largest numbers going to New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece and Turkey, where they were assembled under license.

I lost track of their sales when I left Ford Truck Division in 1971, so my records are incomplete as far as to actual numbers of units. In addition, quite a few were built on locally modified standard truck chassis instead of the SVO build, especially in Turkey and New Zealand.

Added by Rob Johnson on 22 August 2018.
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