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Glasgow - PE - YGG 209
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No: 28687   Contributor: Ian Moore   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
Glasgow - PE - YGG 209

This one was Glasgow's first Firemaster, and for a time it was in the Glasgow Transport Museum after it left service, though I don't know whether it's still there.
Picture added on 16 July 2011 at 11:05
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Hi Ian, another real classic picture from your collection and thanks for sharing it with us.
Yes, the old Leyland Firemaster(YGG 209)is still in preservation at the museum(new museum)in Glasgow.Bob James(Glasgow Transport Museum)recently sent me a couple of pictures of her all covered over in clear plastic covering ready for the move to the new museum and her new home.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 16 July 2011.
Ian, she is still in the museum and has recently transferred to the new Clydeside Transport museum. What a shock to see the other one cut up as a brakedown lorry.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 16 July 2011.
Beautiful image Ian from a classic era of our fire-fighting history. I still say the boundary changes in 1974 should not of taken place. Glasgow must have had the most comprehensive cosmopolitan fleet of our City and County Borough brigades? AEC, Dennis F8, F12, F14, F24, Leyland Firemasters and Comets, Magirus, Schooshers (Dennis & Dodge) and Land Rover road rescue units.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 16 July 2011.
If I am correct the new museum is not too far from Partick. Was the River Kelvin the border?

Added by Neal Glover on 16 July 2011.
What's accually left from the old Glasgow Fire Service now? Central's Gone replaced by Cowcaddens, Partick's gone, North West's gone replaced by Maryhill, Queen's Park's gone replaced by Polmadie, Anderston's gone, East's gone, South's gone replaced by Calton?, Govan replaced, Springburn replaced. That leaves Castlemilk, Pollok and Easterhouse?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 17 July 2011.
For Neal Glover - the Riverside Museum, where YGG 209 now resides is right at the corner of the River Clyde and River Kelvin. In fact from the upper floor windows of the museum you can see Partick Fire Station's tower where this appliance was stationed for the majority of its operational life. I was a recruit when this appliance when it was operational and discovered it was a bumpy, slow old thing .... well it was to a 19 year old!

Added by Bob James on 01 August 2011.
Thanks Bob. Is that the site of Ingles ship yard, birthplace of so many Craigendoran steamers, not to mention Maid of the Loch?

Added by Neal Glover on 02 August 2011.
Hi Neil - yes it is.

Added by Bob James on 03 August 2011.
Glasgow was also the first British fire brigade to buy imported fire appliances. These were I believe four water tender escapes on Magirus chassis, imported from Germany with locally built body work, which went into service around 1966/7.

These had a 150BHP V6 air cooled diesel engine, which was as powerful as the Leyland's 680 but more conventionally front mounted instead of being under the floor in the center of the frame.

Of course Magirus also already had a reputation in the UK for their turntable ladders, and was a realtively well known brand.

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 February 2019.
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