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Cork County Ireland Austin FG 40
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No: 2248   Contributor: Andrew Quinn   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Austin   Country: Ireland
Cork County Ireland Austin FG 40

Built in 1964 by Doody & Murphy,Cork Street, Dublin, for
Cork County Fire Service. This appliance is an Austin FG40.

Served in Cobh till 1988

Restored in 1998 (2 Years)
Picture added on 22 February 2007
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Andrew it's Looking well.
Martin

Added by Martin Thompson on 22 February 2007.
It looking as good as it was when I remembered it, great restoration Andrew, I'd love to own it myself.

Added by Paddy Dunne on 09 March 2007.
What a unique-looking Front-Mount Pumper (to us in North America)- love those lower panel windows for manoeuvring.

It must have a Water Tank in back, feeding the Pump.

Good to see her in good hands.

Regards, from Canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 25 November 2008.
Does anyone know where AZB 17 was stationed?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 31 August 2010.
I have the comrade of this fire engine AZB 16,
it was station in Castletownbare in Cork.

Added by Bartley Horan on 14 October 2011.
This truck has a very modern look to it for something that date's back to the late 60s.

Added by Jerry Morrison on 28 August 2013.
Is that a Barton front mounted pump?

Added by Michael G on 29 August 2013.
Yes, but with some modifications to include a tank feed, a side inlet for 2.75 inch hydrant supply line and piping to feed a hose reel.

This unique industrial appliance was supplied to the J S Fry chocolate factory and also carried a portable pump in the rear. The Barton front-mount pump freed up the necessary space in the rear for this installation.

At the time, Coventry Climax offered a 500 GPM pump, which was front-mounted on Austin Gypsies and Land-Rover pumps, but this Barton was probably taken off an old NFS appliance and would have been a cheaper alternative, although it was rated at 350 GPM - which made it a bit marginal for any really serious firefighting. At the time, the Home Office required a 500 GPM rated pump on municipal appliances, but the chocolate factory could of course do whatever they wanted.

Added by Rob Johnson on 29 August 2013.
Rob, are you sure this was supplied to JS Fry? Wasn't the Fry one built by HCB Angus? I'm sure Aiden Fisher will clarify this for you.

Added by Michael G on 29 August 2013.
Certainly Aiden Fisher owns an FG with HCB bodywork built for Frys - I'd be surprised if this one was originally with Frys !

Added by Rick Loudon on 30 August 2013.
This is not the Frys fire engine, that one is shown on picture #16191.

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Added by Bristol Bob on 30 August 2013.
Yes, you are right! I guess there were so many of these (at least three!) that I got them confused.

I find this Irish design to be more than a little weird, with its rear-entrance crew cab and Barton pump - which must have been twenty years old when it was installed on this unit. Presumably British Home Office pump capacity regulations were not relevant in the Irish Republic.

Added by Rob Johnson on 30 August 2013.
From memory, the Fry's machine runs on 16" wheels.
This is running on 20" wheels. I think the Fry's machine still attends the shows.

Added by Tony Jones on 30 August 2013.
The Fry appliance BAA 778C is elsewhere on this site. It was a Morris HCB. See picture #21194 for instance but there are others.

Added by Peter Williams on 30 August 2013.
Beautiful rig! Love the cab, very interesting. The body work is well done and the brass on the pump is very eye catching to a North American. Our pump caps are chromed. Also you got to love the wooden ladder for looks.

Added by Les Davis on 31 August 2013.
The above appliance was as the owner Andrew Quinn states above built by Doody & Murphy , Cork Street. Dublin in 1964, it was a batch with regs AZB and another small batch with regs GZB they were built to the design of the Cork County Fire Chief at that time. They were never built for any other brigade either in the Republic or the UK. It is not to be confused with 3 FG's that were built by HCB/Angus on short wheel bases and badged either Morris or Austin Aiden Fisher ownes the Frys appliance appliance, from memory the second appliance was built for a Scottish brigade and is in a Museum in the UK ( Sorry cant recall from memory which one ) the third was built for Kildare County Fire Brigade in Eire, it was based in Naas Fire Station and later served with Galway Fire Brigade.The appliance was owned by my family for quiet a number of years and it is now in the ownership of the son of the station officer who was stationed at Naas when it first arrived there and served front line until 1977. Hope this comment clears up a bit of the confusion.


Added by Martin Thompson on 31 August 2013.
By chance the Scottish one was built for the 'Western Area Fire Brigade' and is currently with the museum trust at Weedon - I saw it yesterday - it was not possible to take photographs because of crowding of appliances

Added by Rick Loudon on 01 September 2013.
That's it!
Frys appliance is op's, The Naas one is undergoing restoration, What condition is the one in Weedon.
Thanks for filling in the gap Rick.

Added by Martin Thompson on 02 September 2013.
Spot on Rick , I was just away to say the same thing , western area which was swallowed up by Strathclyde many years ago were famous for having some out of the ordinary appliances.

Added by Donald Maclean on 02 September 2013.
where would I get a curved replacement glass for these have a 1962 fire tender.

Added by Joss on 10 October 2014.
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