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Ford D809/Carmichael WrT
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No: 23903   Contributor: Andrew Middleton   Year: 1985   Manufacturer: Ford   Country: United Kingdom
Ford D809/Carmichael WrT

RFF829M was the final appliance to be delivered and placed on the run in the former Meirionethshire Fire Service. Allocated to Barmouth alongside Bedford TJ4/HCB-Angus CFF521C she replaced a Bedford SB/HCB WrT BFF 117 of 1953 vintage which was reallocated to Dolgellau. CFF521C was reregistered in 1988 to DEY386C due to a clerical error between Caernarfon and Bangor.

Other appliances reregistered were:-

Land Rover/Carmichael CCC 149 to KSU 927
Land Rover/Carmichael CCC 127 to KSU 946
Land Rover/Carmichael CCC 128 to KSU 947
Land Rover/Sun Eng CCC 148 to KSU 955
Land Rover/Carmichael AJC488C to DEY387C
Land Rover/Carmichael BFF747B to BEY672B
Land Rover/Carmichael OUN175G to Q156JEY
Bedford TK1280/HCB-Angus OCC922M to WEY 41M
Bedford TK1280/HCB-Angus LJC 31K to REY742K
Bedford TK1280/HCB-Angus KCC512J to OEY 323J
Bedford TK1280/HCB-Angus PCC342N to HCC777N

RFF829M is seen hereat the side of Bangor Fire Station on 14/2/85 bereft of insigna and embelishments plus her engine.
Picture added on 28 June 2010 at 08:50
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When Barmouth recieved WEY327V in 1980, RFF was then transferred to Blaenau Ffestiniog replacing Bedford SB/HCB DFF 112.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 10 July 2010.
I think I have seen a photo of Blaenau running a Commer c1980?

Added by Neal Glover on 11 July 2010.

Do you know when this was delivered?

I ask because the 809 designation describes an 8 ton GVW chassis with a 90 BHP engine. This was not one of the SVO fire appliance chassis offered by Ford; these were all 10, 11, 13 or 16 tons, with either 140 BHP turbo six cylinder Ford or 170 BHP Perkins V8 engines. The V8 was the same engine as used by Dennis, Dodge, ERF and S&D at the time.

There was noting to stop a brigade building an appliance on an 809 chassis. But it would have had virtually zero payload and would have struggled mightily with its feeble four cylinder engine, which was designed for a small local delivery truck...

Added by Rob Johnson on 06 June 2018.
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