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No: 40963   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2018   Manufacturer: Merryweather   Country: United Kingdom
ERF M'weather TL

1975 Interfire Olympia exhibition centre. This was a demonstrator I think.
Picture added on 29 May 2018 at 12:25
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Petros - one of a very small number, maybe the only one, with a new generation ladder. It was introduced at a time when Merryweather desperately tried to stave off two major challenges.

First, the Snorkel craze was still happening, and Snorkels were replacing turntable ladders in a lot of British fire brigades.

Second, both Metz and Magirus had much more modern ladders than Merryweather, who had not done much to develop their own product in the nearly sixteen years since it had been introduced.

As it turned out, their new ladder did not prove to be competitive and as I understand it very few were ever sold...

Added by Rob Johnson on 30 May 2018.
Rob I think this is much too early for the XRL ladder. I think this is an old style. See picture #23398 for an XRL at an exhibition in the mid 80s not mid 70s. There various XRLs on this site. picture #25982 for example.

Added by Petros on 01 June 2018.

One XRL was sold to Tokyo in 1985, but I am assuming it was mounted on a Japanese chassis, as it is unlikely TFD would have purchased a British chassis.

They did however buy several Magirus ladders on Iveco chassis, some of which are still in service.

Added by Rob Johnson on 05 June 2018.
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