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1938 Bedford
Fire Engine Photos
No: 36279   Contributor: Archie Harris   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
1938 Bedford

Anglesey Festival of Transport & Machinery 35th Anniversary, Anglesey County Show Ground.
Picture taken 18 May 2013.

Picture added on 11 October 2013 at 08:29
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Unusual (factory?) four door crew cab. No visible pump, many assorted tiny lockers, big single first aid reel, lots of ladders, a huge rear step and a fixed towing ball.

This looks like it might have an interesting history...anything known about it?

Added by Rob Johnson on 30 October 2013.
This may have been the one recently seen on Ebay. I think it was the works appliance for Vauxhall motors. The rear step is actually a platform for carrying a Godiva fwp which would of provided its pumping capability.

Added by Michael G. on 30 October 2013.
Built as an escape carrier, from memory for either Bedford or Vauxhall Motors. Has passed through various hands.

Added by Neal Glover on 30 October 2013.
Following a bit of research + memory built as an escape carrier hence extended back end then converted to a hosereel tender. pictured in Nostalgia Roads "British Fire Engines of the 50s and 60s" by Simon Rowley. It used to live near Lancaster.

Added by Neal Glover on 31 October 2013.
Thanks both for your information - it is always interesting to know the history of unique "one-off" appliances like this. No wonder the crew cab looks so professional, if it was a Bedford factory fire engine!

Added by Rob Johnson on 05 November 2013.
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