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Leyland Metz 1936 AVB1
Fire Engine Photos
No: 26865   Contributor: Mike Cotton   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
Leyland Metz 1936 AVB1

Here is a picture of AVB1 - the first time on a road run for maybe 40 years.
Picture added on 09 February 2011 at 09:36
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Mike, It looks very nice. Does it stop as well as 'Go'. I usually find the stopping bit of things always harder than the going bit!

Added by Barry on 09 February 2011.
Fantastic photo of a wonderful Leyland Metz TL. Thanks. Have you any more photos that you could put on this site from different angles?

Added by Richard Aston on 09 February 2011.
Oddly it does seem to stop quite well Barrie. Luckily whoever left it in the shed left the handbrake off, although it does need some adjustment. Check out youtube - I've uploaded a very amateur video... more pics on way Richard... Mike

Added by Mike Cotton on 09 February 2011.
Shame she's not in her original Croydon CBFB livery. Can't have everything!!

Added by Andrew Middleton on 10 February 2011.
Give us time Andrew, give us time! The plan to run her this year then look at returning her to her original livery after that. Not a five minute job. Mechanics first, fancy bits after.


Added by Mike Cotton on 10 February 2011.
Fantastic Mike, pleased the project is going well. You may find if you close the engine down incorrectly it will cause a major backfire, I found the best way to do it is to turn off the petrol tap and let it run out!

Added by Barrie Green on 10 February 2011.
Thanks for uploading the additional picture and the Utube video. All interesting and great fun. Seems to me the front bumper in not a Leyland fitting? Maybe added by LFB at some time in its career? Also not sure the front seats are the original Leyland fittings? Anyway, great piece of kit.

Added by Richard Aston on 10 February 2011.
Believe it or not Richard they are all original fittings. You may also notice the hydraulic jacks - I think only Clacton's had that fitted in the UK. I'll try and upload some delivery pictures from 1936 so you can compare.


Added by Mike Cotton on 10 February 2011.
True Mike, forgive me i'm a County Borough man, keep up the good work. Is stablemate ERK 777 still alive?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 11 February 2011.
I don't know Andrew, but we do have CBY1 aswell. In terms if Croydon appliances I think that's about it.


Added by Mike Cotton on 11 February 2011.
its seeing a better life then it did in the fire museum in Sheffield were it did nothing but sit in the engine house

Added by Andy on 15 April 2011.
Thats the problem with some museums Andy. Too many vehicles, Not enough money for fuel and not enough drivers.

Gotta use them and play with them, otherwise there is no point in having them

Added by Mike. on 15 April 2011.
Will we see it taking part in the london to brighton run in May this year ??

Added by Bert Branson on 19 April 2011.
Hi no not this year as she won't be ready. However our first scheduled turnout is to Kew, 15th May. Mike

Added by Mike Cotton on 19 April 2011.
hi there I think there was a spare engine that came with this fire engine when it went to the museum in sheffield but not sure what happened to it

Added by Andy on 20 April 2011.
This is a long shot, but would anybody have any information on the hydraulic jacks that were installed on this vehicle? We are at a bit of a loss as to how they work... Thanks in advance, Mike

Added by Mike Cotton on 13 May 2011.
Just a long shot and something you have probably looked at but the slots in the back behind the wheel arch don't have stubs for hand pumping handles do they?

Added by Neal Glover on 13 May 2011.
Hi again Mike. Have you any idea when AVB left H33 for A21?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 15 May 2011.
Do you mean H31 to A21... They were the only plates I had available. We'll be applying Croydon livery after the summer season.

Neal there are no other apertures for hand-cranking the jacks, other than immediately on top of each ram. A spring-loaded cap is able to be removed and there is some kind of chamber inside, but because there is no sign of oil in there, we don't know if there should be any in there or not.

All the best,


Added by Mike Cotton on 18 May 2011.
DOH, how remiss of me Mike, yes I meant H31. Wonderful Fire Station in Oldtown. Went on a student swap in 1981 for a week, stayed behind the station in Duppas Hill Terrace and saw many a turn-out over the week. Barm pot Health & Saftey cranks wern't in existance then as an eleven year old I was given a chance to go down the pole.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 18 May 2011.
Hi can you give me a update on avb 1 when we will see her on the run.I was at H31 afs station next door and went out on fire calls when it was Croydon fire service before london

Added by Bert Bransonn on 25 April 2013.
Did you know that AVB1 attended the Crystal Palace fire on Monday 30th November 1936 as part of the Croydon deployment.

Added by Melvyn Harrison on 03 October 2016.
One of these sat on a petrol forecourt in Stanley Park Road, Carshalton for a while in the 60's ... I played on it with my mates when we could get away with it ... Superb to see it running

Added by Paul Howland on 31 January 2017.
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