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No: 40144   Contributor:   Year: 2016   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom

1958 Bedford S Type Fire Engine made by Carmichaels. Spent all its working life in Suffolk ending up at RAF Woodbridge. Now on the Isle of Sheppey Kent. Photo taken 27th August 2016
Picture added on 20 September 2016 at 16:53
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This machine was for a number of years (1960s to early '70s) Retained Crew manned WrT at Normanshurst (Lowestoft) Whole time + Retained station. Callsign was C1/9. C/1 = station code (Normanshurst was then C division HQ. 9 = WrT.

Added by Jerry Hepworth on 25 September 2016.
This appliance was one of five supplied to the Suffolk and Ispswich fire brigade, supplied by Carmichael & Sons coach builders of Worcester. Appliances built on the popular Bedford SLHZ chassis were rare with the exception of the Home Office Pumps (Green Goddess). This appliance is constructed from steel and Alloy bodywork similiar build process that was adopted by Alfred Miles. This was to a higher specification than the normal method of ash framing incorporating marine ply and this would explain why this lovely appliance has survived so well compared to the normal construction methods. Previous deliveries to Suffolk incorporated jack-knife crew doors and different bodywork design I believe this was the only one with the four door access to the cab and hammer finish alloy panelling. Some years ago I viewed PRT 956 from suffolk which had the jack knife crew doors and complete red livery with slam door shuttering the appliance was at a garden centre at the time and I believe was sold at auction does anyone out there have any knowledge where this may have gone to?

Added by BOB CARVER on 26 September 2016.
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