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Mercedes/Angloco (L798GVN) seen in 1995
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No: 34160   Contributor: Chris Hall   Year: 1995   Manufacturers: Angloco, Mercedes-Benz   Country: United Kingdom
Mercedes/Angloco (L798GVN) seen in 1995

This North Yorkshire fire brigade machine was seen at Summerbridge on a F.B.S visit in 1995.
Picture added on 02 March 2013 at 09:47
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This was one of a small number of UK fire brigades to operate 4X4 water tenders, starting with Bedford TKMs.

Cambridgeshire also operated Bedford RL 4X4 WTs at one time, but I don't think there are many other examples.

This Ecoliner fire appliance chassis often showed up in 4X4 configuration in its native Germany and other countries, where 4X4 fire appliances are common or even prevalent.

Note the addition of a winch, just in case it got stuck anyway!

Added by Rob Johnson on 02 August 2017.
When this appliance was reversed into the appliance room at this station and the doors closed there wasn't enough room to get round the appliance, so you had to go through the vehicle to get from one side to the other. The village had a new fire station built a few years ago.

Added by Paul Warnock on 13 August 2017.
Paul - reminds me of the old Darlington Borough Road fire station, built in 1904 for horsed appliances.

This did not have a depth problem, and three of its four bays were actually tandem, so it could hold four appliances, the AFS unit, a van, a LandRover and a trailer pump.

But it was very narrow! If two or more appl1ances turned out together, and were side by side, there was a virtual ballet dance as doors were alternately opened and closed before anything could get moving.

And the brigade had slam lockers on everything, so repacking them, or even checking things when the shifts changed was another virtuoso performance...

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 August 2017.
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