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Cheltenham 1955. Leyland Cub Pump Escape.
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No: 27029   Contributor: Andy Holtham   Year: 1955   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
Cheltenham 1955. Leyland Cub Pump Escape.

Picture taken in 1955 @ Cheltenham Fire Station B12, Lansdown Road. One of my Dads 'proud' poses, as found in his collection of cuttings and pictures when he started his career with Gloucestershire. What an appliance!?
Picture added on 20 February 2011 at 15:36
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Andy, there is some colour film of this appliance on youtube, fire at Cheltenham municipal offices.

Added by Bristol Bob on 20 February 2011.
Thanks Andy,
Excellent photo of the Leyland and your Dad

Added by Ian Scott on 20 February 2011.
Wow, what a beauty! Any idea of the year? Was this its first station that it served at?

Added by Jeffrey Smoker on 20 February 2011.
Nice pic but for the record it's not a Cub, which would be an FK. It's a 1939 FT4A, sometimes incorrectly known as a Tigress, that was new to Cheltenham FB.

Added by Roger Mardon on 20 February 2011.
It states in the Leyland Society book on Leyland Fire Engines 1930-1942 this was purchased in 1939 by the Cheltenham Corporation Fire Brigade.
Lovely picture Andy, thanks for sharing it with us.

Added by Pete Matten on 20 February 2011.
Thank you very much! Is there a Leyland fire book out there that you might recommend for me? Or even an LFB book? Do you know how many of these they ordered?

Added by Jeffrey Smoker on 21 February 2011.
The Leyland book was first published in 2003 by the Leyland Society Ltd and priced at £8.95.It covers all the appliances issued from the 1930 to 1942 periods showing photographs, the first destinations of appliances when ordered, and very good informative facts and figures on the Leyland company, etc.
Leyland Fire Engines 1930-1942 by Niel D.Steele.
Book Publication Number:-ISBN 0-9545216-1-7.

Added by Pete Matten on 21 February 2011.
I went to You Tube and found the video Bristol Bob-thank you by the way, wrote about. The only thing I didn't like is that the camera didn't stay on the appliance long enough.

This appliance, while I would assume would be considered normal sized for its day, reminds me more of some of the midi-engines we have in the US. What I like about it, is its compact size, but still carrying quite a bit of gear and crew. Rather interesting where they place the pump. Did these appliances have a water tank, and booster hose as well?

Added by David L on 21 February 2011.
Most Leylands of this era had a hosereel fed off a 40 gall tank.

Added by Neal Glover on 21 February 2011.
Sorry, my mistake. I thought this was an LFB rig. Thanks for the book idea. Any idea where I could find it? Ebay and Amazon don't have it.

Added by Jeffrey Smoker on 21 February 2011.
Jeff, I bought my book a couple of years ago from the Fire Brigade Society Sales Unit.Click on links here at top of page and it will bring up FBS.Go into'Services'then FBS Sales Unit.There is an email address of Eddie Baker(Sales Unit)who you can contact to see if they still have copies in stock.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 22 February 2011.
And failing that you could try the Leyland Society who sell it in the UK for £8.95 incl postage. Click on Society Publications > Leyland Fleet Series for details.


Added by Roger Mardon on 22 February 2011.
Thank you for that idea. I email him so hopefully he will let me know.

Added by Jeffrey Smoker on 22 February 2011.
Nice one Andy.A photo of pride and nostalgia.This appliance originally housed at the original Cheltenham Stn at St James Sq.It was still "on the run in 1961 when the new stn was opened at Keynsham Rd (this stn currently being demolished and rebuilt on site). Appliances in temporary accommodation in Kingsditch Lane.

Added by John Needs on 13 March 2011.
Thanks John, this picture was taken by a colleague of my dads, in the yard of the station in Lansdown road Cheltenham, in 1955. This was also the brigade H.Q as well. I have a couple of pics my father took from the old wooden framed drill tower in the yard as well! The old station in St.James Sq is still being renovated, the last time I went by it a few weeks ago. Thanks for the info too.

Added by Andy Holtham on 13 March 2011.
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