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Rochdale ET returns to home station side
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No: 33532   Contributor: Steve Sparkes   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: ERF   Country: United Kingdom
Rochdale ET returns to home station side

Rochdale Fire Brigades ERF Emergency Tender TDK999K seen in the station yard outside the Greater Manchester Fire Museum awaiting restoration 02/12/2012.

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Picture added on 06 December 2012 at 10:46
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I saw this on ebay and wondered if it would return. Got to admit it looks good for its age :) Anyone know if the museum is relocating when the fire station does?

Added by Danny Jones on 06 December 2012.
Hi Steve is this appliance yours ? I'm really glad this Interesting vehicle is going to be restored, good luck with the restoration and I look forward to seeing it when complete.

Added by Paul Warnock on 08 December 2012.
Its been bought by the GM Fire Museum Trust. Negotiations are ongoing regarding the future of the museum when the fire station is replaced, it is hoped that positive news will be forthcoming in the new year....however that fact that they have purchased this machine is indicative of the confidence of their future !!!!

Added by Barrie Green on 08 December 2012.
Hi Barrie, What did the museum building use to be? Was it the Rochdale workshops?

Added by Danny Jones on 08 December 2012.
Thanks for the reply Barrie, let's hope for good news in the new year.

Added by Paul Warnock on 09 December 2012.
Yes Danny it was.

Added by Barrie Green on 09 December 2012.
I think it's amazing how a traditional station which originally had 8 bays has managed to survive the test of time. It's just a shame that modern fire stations don't have the same character as an older version. I like the look of the new Merseyside fire stations but not too keen on Burys new one.
There is also a detailed layout plan about this station on google showing the floor plans and even the last 4 bays conversion.

Added by Danny jones on 10 December 2012.
These big seven and eight bay city fire stations seem to have become a thing of the past in the UK. Interestingly, they are still very common in many other European countries, and the numbers of trucks at many of them seems to be continuously growing, as more and more specialized units are placed in to service.

Is this ERF rescue a one-off? There were quite a few pumps, water tenders, Snorkels and turntable ladders, but it seems that ERF was not a popular choice for rescues.

Added by Rob Johnson on 10 August 2014.
Your right about the larger stations in the UK Rob, it seems to be a trend that has been taken up by the fire service, splitting station up and down sizing.

Added by Paul warnock on 14 August 2014.
The large multi bay stations were usually one or two station county borough brigades that had to have all their eggs in one basket.

Added by Neal Glover on 15 August 2014.
Hi Rob

The only other ERF ETs I know of are one for Tyne & Wear ex-Sunderland (on this site pic 28453) and one for West Glamorgan based at Neath, now preserved I believe.

Added by Phil Reed on 19 August 2014.
Phil - good to know these rare birds arew being preserved. I always think it is great that people spend their time and hard-earned money keeping the really unique firefighting vehicles alive!

Added by Rob Johnson on 22 August 2014.
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