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1962 AEC Mercury/Merryweather Turntable Ladder
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No: 37319   Contributor:   Year: 2014   Manufacturer: AEC   Country: United Kingdom
1962 AEC Mercury/Merryweather Turntable Ladder

Taken 13/04/2014.
The owners don't really have much of a clue when it comes to fire appliances. The wooden plaque on the ladder states it is a "1950s Vintage Fire Appliance" when it is in fact a 1962 AEC Mercury/Merryweather Turntable Ladder (Ladder MW67). Plate: 8126 FD
It saw service with Dudley Fire Brigade and later became part of West Midlands Fire Service when the service was formed in 1974 (an amalgamation of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, Warley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton borough brigades as well as part of Warwickshire).

It currently resides at Haselbury Mill near Crewkerne in Somerset where it has unfortunately been left to fade and fall apart. Some of its bells and lights are missing and the interior of the cab needs some serious work.
Picture added on 15 April 2014 at 16:33
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Serious Question: What would it take to secure this sort of vehicle for restoration and preservation

Added by Mark Westmacott on 18 April 2014.
Did they change the style of bumper in 1962? Because Dundee had an 1964 with this style plus Perth's 1959 and Dundee's 1961 models had different chrome one's?

Added by Grant Melville on 27 April 2014.
I would say it all depends whether you have a keen seller. If so, depending on condition it could be £3000 to £6500.

Added by Richard aston on 27 April 2014.
Are you still taking comments about this image after 12 months?

Added by Peter weight on 05 May 2015.
I took a load of photographs of this TL in 2015, mainly to check how the monitor was secured for a group I belong to which is restoring a similar TL. I did asked the owner if it was for sale but he was extremely reluctant as he saw it more as a advertising feature for the hotel/restaurant business, the grounds of which this TL is located in. It would be fair to say this TL is in a extremely poor condition and any restoration would be a mega-task.

Added by Mick Gilbey on 07 August 2016.
See also photos #40069 & 40070 taken June 1987. This vehicle was purchased new by my grandfather, Fred Wade, Chief Fire & Ambulance Office at Dudley County Borough. It's disappointing to see it in its current state.

Added by Jonathan Wade on 12 August 2016.
Anybody attempting to restore a turntable ladder , should note each ladder section needs to be set in a three eights of an inch Bow , only if you understand heat treatment of metal should you undertake this task, also every weld , where the trussing meets the ladder side should be checked for cracks and rewelded.

Added by W chandler on 19 September 2016.
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