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Bedford  TK   &   Bedford  TJ   Appliances
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No: 31456   Contributor: Morgan Chapman   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford TK & Bedford TJ Appliances

HOR 853E Hampshire Fire Service Foam Tanker which was stationed at Fawley now re - named Hardley Fire Station the other is RYC 470F which was with Somerset Fire Brigade and was a Water Tender stationed at Somerton i took this photo a few years back in Poole Dorset at the Bear Cross Steam Rally .Both Gents in this photo were in the AFS John Powell was at Hampshire Christchurch now a Dorset Station and Mike Thorne was stationed at Hamworthy Dorset. I had a phone call yesterday to say John sadley passed away on the 10/2/12 .
Picture added on 19 February 2012 at 08:39
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RYC470F was at Somerton from 1968 to 1981 when it was replaced by Bedford TK WrL VYB71W. RYC then spent a couple of years as a reserve and had been sold by 1984.

Added by George A'court on 21 February 2012.
Interesting that the HCB Angus coach built J series conversion was a year newer than the TK, which was built on a standard chassis with the Bedford factory cab.

Why would a brigade buy the coach built version on a conversion chassis when the standard TK was available?

Added by Rob Johnson on 13 March 2018.
That's always been a puzzle to me also. I think the TK was available in pretty much the same variety of weight ranges as the bonneted J Series.

Added by CraigW on 16 March 2018.
I think it would depend on how the body builder did the conversion.

The TJ in as built form has a bonnet on the front with the cab and controls well behind the front axle as per a car. To become a fire engine, the chassis would need to be converted to forward control. As the original cab would no longer fit, a coach built body would have to be fitted.

The TK was bodied in Hampshire's own workshops, so, it may have come from a Bedford dealer as a chassis and cab. Whereas the coach builders would have bought the donor chassis direct from Bedford.

Added by George A'court on 16 March 2018.

The Hampshire brigade did build a lot of excellent bodies, too, and some others did similar good work. But most TKs had either HCB or other commercial bodywork, and HCB were building these and the J Series conversions at the same time!

Not only that, but they and Carmichael both had a variety of TK appliances with full custom cabs of quite a few different designs, also at the same time they were building on TK cabs or chassis-cowls. I can understand brigades buying the CSV or HSC cab, but the others were mostly aluminum and/or fiberglass jobs - which do not seem to have had any advantages.

Added by Rob Johnson on 20 March 2018.
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