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Fordson 7V NFS Hose Layer  GXN 991
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No: 2308   Contributor: Mark Loudon   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Fordson   Country: United Kingdom
Fordson 7V NFS Hose Layer GXN 991

NFS hose layer thought to be the only one remaining. Bought in 1995 awaiting restoration
Picture added on 05 March 2007
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Sorry bought this in 2005

Added by Mark Loudon on 06 March 2007.
I was looking to see what Fordson's are on this site, I was most surprised to
see only one picture.If the reg-GXN 991 is correct then this old Fordson 7V hose layer was the one supplied to the N.F.S.in West Sussex and was based at
the old Bognor Regis fire station.I have just one picture of it when in red
livery, posible from the late 1950s-early 60's.I look forward to seeing this hose layer fully restored, and in its original A.F.S.colour when completed.I
see some works been done because its back to grey.(Sorry, I've no info on it).



Added by Pete Matten on 09 April 2008.
Rick,from 1944 this Fordson served with the NFS in East Sussex according to Volume 1 of the'Fire Brigades Handbook on Special Appliances'.It later served the West Sussex Fire Brigade-still as a hose layer and was stationed at Bognor Regis.
Hows the restoration coming along on this one?.
Rick,I've only Marks E.Mail address which appears on this site,can I contact you using this E.Mail address?-I've a question to ask,or you may contact me on my E.Mail address.Thanks Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 16 September 2009.
Pete my email is rick.loudon@virgin.net feel free to make contact

Added by Rick Loudon on 16 September 2009.
This old WWII Fordson Hose Layer, which may well be the only one still now in preservation today has now found a new home and will be returning to its old fire ground in West Sussex I've just been told today(4/10/10).The vehicle is to be completely restored to her former glory by staff at the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre at Amberley in West Sussex.
This vehicle was actually operational from Horsham Fire Station in West Sussex and not as previously mentioned, Bognor.A second hose layer was also operational from Chichester, but this one is the only one known to have survived to this day unless anyone knowns different.
Photo's of the restoration will be posted when available.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 04 October 2010.
Fantastic, I didnt know that one existed !

Added by Barrie Green on 04 October 2010.
Does that mean Home Office grey? I appreciate that it has local significance as a post war machine but it has national significance as a grey one given the amount of work done by hoselayers in the blitz.

Added by Neal Glover on 04 October 2010.
Hi Guys, I first spoke to Rick Loudon back in 2009 in refererence to this hose layer and he said that he needed to part with it sadely and he wondered whether I had any contacts and could help.Well I approached friends at the Amberley Museum in the significiance of this appliance and wondered whether we could get her back for full restoration.
Through fund raising, the Amberley Museum volunteers built and finally opened a 1950's style fire station back in 2008(see transport models picture of my model-picture 879)this being the first stage of a three fire station project.The second stage when funds are available will be to built a WWII period AFS/NFS fire station.A site has been found, plans have been passed I understand, now for the fund raising.
This appliance has been purchased and will I'm sure be part of the WWII period of appliances on display once finished being restored, and will eventually be housed in that new fire station when finally built in its wartime livery of grey.
A third station will depict, again when funds are available a typical fire station from the early 1900's period with horse drawn hand pump and a steamer, etc.
More information when it come available to me, but also I'm sure my mate Barrie might add something to what I've already mensioned.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 05 October 2010.
I do hope it becomes grey. This was the plan when Mark and Rick Had it.

Added by Davey G on 05 October 2010.
Thanks Pete I will give an update. The Hose Layer arrived on Monday evening, October 4th 2010. As the light was fading I only got one photo before we got it sheeted up.The restoration will take some time as funds are now non existent, but when completed it will be in NFS Grey livery. I was not aware that it had been stationed anywhere other than West Sussex at Horsham.The Horsham station being about half a mile from the current Hurst Road site. The station was behind a cinema, and films were often interrupted by a message on the big screen asking drivers to move their vehicles as they were blocking the exit for the Fire Service. Pete is pretty much bang on with the rest. I would be grateful if anybody has any photos they could post of this or any others.Regards, Barrie.

Added by Barrie Lambeth on 07 October 2010.
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