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West Midlands Dennis SFD322 XL/Excalibur
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No: 23063   Contributor: Andrew Middleton   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
West Midlands Dennis SFD322 XL/Excalibur

XL Sabre from Woodgate Valley fire Station in Birmingham. One of the second batch of Sabres to be allocated to West Midlands in 1997/8 and the first batch of pure XL chassis. The 'N' reg Sabres were built on the ML 3.8 metre chassis with the S6 RHD XL cab. notice the shortened locker behind the cab to facilitate the XL cab.

Merseyside did the opposite and opted for the XL 4.2 metre wheelbase and the S8 RHD ML cab. Notice the larger locker behind the cab to facilitate this. Three different pumps were tested with this batch. T662CCK at West Derby Road was fitted with a Godiva pump, T663CCK at Bankhall was fitted with a Rosenbauer pump and T664CCK at Wallasey was fitted with a Darley pump.

Tyne & Wear did the same as Merseyside with their 'R' and'S' reg Sabres. Notice the gap between the cab and bodyowrk. The were also equipped with 1000gpm pumps and RTTP's fitted.

Picture added on 29 April 2010 at 15:50
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Hi all

I was an employee for Excalibur CBK Ltd and these were the last Fire Engines we built it was a shame really we were good at building the bodies.

Added by Paul Slack on 01 March 2018.
What was the benefit of the XL cab?

Added by Rob Johnson on 01 March 2018.
Rob, The XL was a larger cab, designed more for the European market with its 10 man capacity cab.
Those UK services that used the XL mostly used the larger cab area to carry such items as EMS equipment although some did have larger crew carrying capacity.

Added by Andy Fish on 02 March 2018.
Rob they had an extra row of seats so could take a crew of 10 rather than 6 in the normal cab. Grampian bought one of these where they changed a 2 pump station to one pump and a special. They bought quite a few extended cab Scanias use 2 of them in the same manner as the Dennis and the rest they had as normal crewed appliances but with extra storage.

Added by Andy on 03 March 2018.
I think Rob they could carry a crew of 10 but don't quote me!

Added by John Johnstone on 05 March 2018.
We had some on retained stations in Cheshire with a row of rear facing seats behind the drivers/oic seats.

Added by Barrie Green on 06 March 2018.
Great photo of an absolute classic appliance, Andrew. And some very interesting information about various brigades' chassis and cab preferences too. Always wondered why Merseyside's Sabres looked so unusually long! Information like that can only be found on this site, and that's why I love it.

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 07 March 2018.
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