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Dennis Metz 125' TL's
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No: 2069   Contributor: Dr. B.A. Hutchinson   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Dennis Metz 125' TL's

The only surviving 125' Dennis Metz TL's seen side by side at Chasewater in the early 90's. On the right is ex-Belfast OZ9607 and on the right is the Rochdale machine PDK717.
Picture added on 29 January 2007
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Barry, don't forget our 1956 Dennis/Metz 125' TTL that served Auckland City New Zealand faithfully for many years. This beautiful machine was preserved in Christchurch (NZ) with the Fire Service Historical Society but may have been re-located to the Museum of Transport and Technology in Western Springs, Auckland. Perhaps our New Zealand friends can help us out here, , , ,

Added by Pavel Zaremba on 30 January 2007.
Pavel, I was rather blinkered when I wrote the above, I was just thinking about the 125' TL's here in the U.K.
In fact I include the Christchurch machine on my web page which shows OZ9607. See;

Added by Barry on 30 January 2007.
I am happy to confirm that the Dennis Metz is now at Motat in Auckland. It has been returned to it's original colour scheme and the RR engine has been fully reconditioned (ouch) The ladder systems have been overhauled and it works as well as it did when in service. The steering wheel is somewhat closer to the drivers seat than I remember it

Added by John Walker on 17 February 2007.
.....the steering wheel is somewhat closer to the drivers seat than I remember it....shame that the old drivers couldn't be sent for reconditoning too!

john, would you have opportunity to post an up to date picture of it?

Added by Barry on 17 February 2007.
Will do Barry, after next weekend

Added by John Walker on 18 February 2007.
125' seems pretty high, is the normal height for a TL or ALP around 30'?
Also, are there any 125' TL or ALP's still operational today?


Added by David jones on 01 June 2010.
the 125 refers to the height of the ladder in feet, modern TL/HP/ALP/CARP/etc are measured in meters and are mostlty around 30m in the UK although not all one example being RX57DJD, the BAA Heathrow ALP is 42m. Though 125 feet is 38.1 meters.

Added by Andy on 02 June 2010.
thanks for correcting me, I got the measurements of feet and meters muddled up.
I didn't know BAA operated ALP's,Is the Heathrow ALP the tallest in Britain?

Added by David Jones on 03 June 2010.
I don't want to say yeas but I can't think of any others in the UK that are bigger than that, most ALP's are 32m in height. I believe the ALP for Heathrow is due to the size of the terminal now and the A380 are reasons I have heard mentioned for it's existence, probably will be the least used ALP in the UK though.

Added by Andy on 04 June 2010.
I can confirm that there is an ALP at Heathrow.
I csn say the cab is a Scania but the boom and body I do not know. It is able to reach over the top of an A380.

Added by David Jones on 28 June 2010.
Does anyone on this site have a photo of the 42m Heathrow machine?

Added by Grant Melville on 29 June 2010.
The Scania ALP at Heathrow is a 6x8 with a 42m boom by Bronto, the Bodywork was built by Angloco.
There is a picture of it on there web site.

Added by Simon Gunning on 29 June 2010.
See picture #2081 of the same Belfast TL.

Added by Stephen Chapman on 09 December 2010.
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