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Morris LOM 860 Austin DNX 958
Fire Engine Photos
No: 22395   Contributor: Petros   Year: 1990   Manufacturers: Austin, Morris   Country: United Kingdom
Morris LOM 860 Austin DNX 958

September 1990 Fire Brigade Society visit to Oxfordshire, Kidlington. I know no other details.
Picture added on 26 February 2010 at 09:16
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pretty sure the bedford on the right was ex Coventry and was repaired/recommisioned by itv salvage squad a few years ago

Added by Alan Ramsay on 26 February 2010.
Does anyone know the history of the Bedford? I have a small picture of a Bedford four-door pump that the Rover Co. had; it was one of a few prototypes built by Coventry Climax in 1939 that, according to the advertising brochure would bring state of the art fire protection for rural and small towns in the UK; the pump was skid-mounted at the rear, a fore runer of the Heavy Units that came about the same time. One of these pumps went to Finland with a full British crew of firefighters during their war was with Russia along with a crew of British firefighters; does anyone have more details of this?

Added by BOB GRAHAM on 27 February 2010.
All i am aware of is it was one of only ten ever made, and is the only known survivor of it's type. Made out of wood, it was built for the Rover factory in Solihull and is believed to have been used during the Coventry was restored with the help of the fire museum and if i can locate the episode of salvage squad i will do so and post any further info

Added by Alan Ramsay on 27 February 2010.
Bub...there was an extensive article about the Finish expedition in the FBS mag Fire Cover last year

Added by Barrie Green on 27 February 2010.
There is another, BAV??? converted post war to an escape carrying unit. Now in Ireland

Added by Peter McCombie on 13 May 2011.
DNX 958 was definitely with Rover, Solihull, whilst LOM 860 was with Fisher Ludlow.

Added by Ian Moore on 14 May 2011.
I'm glad to read the new input of these interesting Covenry Climax 1938/39 appliances.
My factory brochure seems to indicate it was qute popular with small semirural brigades. He Ian, how about them having wooden bodies? Good to hear Ian is still contributing All good wishes to all the oldtimers atill active.
Bob Graham.
Richmond, California

Added by Bob Graham on 15 May 2011.
Who were Fisher-Ludlow?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 15 May 2011.
Fisher and Ludlow was a British car body manufacturing company which was acquired by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1953. It was based in Castle Bromwich near Birmingham.
After the merger of BMC and Pressed Steel Company (PSC) in 1966, and the formation of the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) in 1968, the Fisher & Ludlow business was merged with the PSC business to form Pressed Steel Fisher under BLMC. Thanks to wikipedia.

Added by Peter Williams on 15 May 2011.
BAV 94 see picture #8361

Added by Peter McCombie on 15 May 2011.
Hi Bob,

Good to hear from you again - it's been some years now since we wrote to each other regularly. (About 45 years, I reckon !)

Added by Ian Moore on 16 May 2011.
Thanks very much Peter.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 16 May 2011.
DNX 958 came back to the Rover in Lode Lane back in the late 70's.
It was kept near to the garage in south works for a while but myself and others managed to move it to the rear of the fire station were we set about restoring it.
After it started to look cared for somebody in their opinion thought it was not right that firemen were not the right people to restore this nice old vehicle and it was removed from the factory.
Next time I saw it was on Salvage Squad.

Added by Jim Fraser on 05 August 2015.
Salvage Squad restoring the Rover FB Austin url - A very enjoyable show

Added by Bklyn Phil on 09 May 2017.
DNX 958 is Bedford ML supplied to Rover Group in 1940, first registered in 2/41 in order to use public roads and help with the blitz

Added by Peter Jarman on 11 March 2019.
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