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Photo of Odiham Fire Show in 1990
Fire Engine Photos
No: 22992   Contributor: Morgan Chapman   Year: 1990   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Photo of Odiham Fire Show in 1990

AFS Fire Appliances i photoed .
RYX482
Picture added on 23 April 2010 at 09:28
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This picture shows a Bedford S-Type Control Unit of the AFS,and on the left is a Bedford Emergency Pump(Green Goddess).The appliance just out of view to the right is a 1954 Commer Q4 Bikini Unit and they all appeared together actually at the second Odiham Fire Show which was held in 1993.

Added by Pete Matten on 23 April 2010.
Hello Peter thankyou for your comment i was not sure on the date when i took this photo i knew it was early 1990 at Odiham fire show .Since Nigel and Glen Tipping have now left the AFS preserved preservation not many AFS vehicles now attend this show.

Added by Morgan Chapman on 24 April 2010.
The Bedford pictured above is a 1957 RL, ex-AFS radio box RYX482.
It was originally registered in Somerset and was found languishing in a municipal car park in Surrey in 1991.
I bought it in 1992 and used it to ferry my young family around festival sites and continued to show it around Kent and the Southeast until finances forced a reluctant sale in 1995.
I have wondered many times what had happened to "Truckie" as the subsequent owner lapsed in his promise to keep me posted in restoration news.

Added by Ed on 28 November 2011.
it cant have been originally registered in Somerset as any vehicle registered there ends with YA, YB, YC and YD not YX.

Added by Paul Pickford on 01 December 2011.
The book -"The Green Machine" states that RYX482 was a (CU) and ended up in the Maidstone /Larkfield area and also moved on to Canterbury call sign was FC45,
NYV435 (P)went to M Rose Ltd, then onto LW Vass in 1986 and and in 1990 to Edenbridge so both appear to of ended up in Kent!

Added by Michael G on 01 December 2011.
I agree with Paul - the vehicle couldn't have been Somerset registered originally, as all AFS appliances had London plates, RYX 482 being an example.

Added by Ian Moore on 02 December 2011.
All AFS vehicles of the 50's & 60's were registered by the Home Office with LCC London registrations. The photo shows RYX482 as a Control Unit as specified in the 'Green Machine' book with its original London Number.
The Green Goddess NYV435 is an S type Bedford of 4x2 configuration which are quite rare survivors compared to the 4x4 RL Bedford version.

Added by Mike Hebard on 02 December 2011.
I comment merely as one who held the registration documents and owned the vehicle in question for two years. Possibly my misconception is in the V5 data but Somerset was clearly typed on that V5 and a previous owner had a Somerset address.
I bought it from a friend, who found RYX482 abandoned in a public car park in Coulsdon, Surrey, in a sorry state, no interior, electrics ruined, purple wheels and decals and all the checkerwork painted over and had had a squatter living in the empty body.
He moved the RL to Kent to begin restoration but sold to me instead. I moved her back to Thornton Heath in 1992 and restored her to a working level over the Spring. The interior being fitted by ADM furniture of Somerset, the mechanicals sorted by an excellent engineer from Hampshire.
I spent that entire summer travelling the West Country, Wales and South Coast back to Sussex and home to Kent. A series of storage issues and a vandal attack in 1994 forced me to sell to a neighbour who promised to keep me updated on the progress.
Despite enquiries to HCVS (of which I was a member) no trace has been found until I saw this picture, which appears to date from before my ownership and shows her in much better condition than I bought her in 1992!

Added by Ed on 02 December 2011.
Does anyone know what happened to Nigel Tippings Bikini Raft Unit, and his Green Goddesses?
Has anyone else still got a Bikini Raft Unit?

A year or two ago, there was a gathering of A.F.S enthusiasts at Bletchley, who re-enacted a Mobile Fire Column. Sadly I was unable to attend, as I got the dates wrong!

If anyone knows whether any events similar to this are still held, would you please let me know

Dave

Added by David Hill on 24 January 2012.
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