The hosting costs of websites on this system have historically been covered by advertising. However changes in the way people use the internet, including ad-blocking mean that the revenues no longer cover the expenses. For this reason we will be closing this website within the next two months unless we can find a different model. If any users of the site would be interested in the possibility of taking this incredible archive or pictures and comments over including paying for hosting, please get in touch.
We use cookies to track visitor statistics and personalise adverts. This info is shared with Google. Only use the site if you agree to this. OK, I agree
Librapix Link

Fire Engines Photos

Upload a Picture About this Site | Links | Random Pic | Advanced Search Home | Latest Additions | Contributors | Visitors
AHD 971 Maudslay Merlin III M'weather WrT
Fire Engine Photos
No: 41289   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2019   Manufacturer: Maudslay   Country: United Kingdom
AHD 971 Maudslay Merlin III M'weather WrT

1970s Dewsbury

Late Alastair Collins collection - used with permission.

Picture added on 30 July 2019 at 16:09
add commentComments:
This was an early version of the Merryweather water tender, featuring their new style cab with two central sliding doors - which became their standard cab configuration for many years.

I believe their prototype was a four door, like earlier Merryweather designs, but - for some reason - British fire brigades in the 1950s and 1960s simply loved these two door designs.

Not only Merryweather, but Alfred Miles, HCB-Angus and countless smaller fire engine builders built two door cabs with either sliding or bi-fold doors.

This idea of building fire engines with two door crew cabs was not limited to Britain. It was also prevalent in Finland, for whatever reason.

I never understood why they were so popular; it obviously took longer for the crew to get inside, and longer to exit, and there could be no bulkhead storage, because the DOP and OIC had to be able to get in and out of the front seats from the rear. In addition, some of the doors were very narrow and not easy to negotiate for larger crew members wearing BA sets.

Added by Rob Johnson on 31 July 2019.
This appliance was an exhibit at The Yorkshire Fire Museum and the following information comes from their souvenir guide of Summer 1977.
This 1955 Maudsley/Merryweather Marquis served with Dewsbury Fire Brigade until 1972. It was the first of six prototypes and Britain's first high-speed diesel fire engine. The 7.7 litre AEC engine gave it a top speed of around 60mph with fuel consumption between 15 and 18mpg.
The Merryweather pump could move 850 gallons a minute.

Added by Chris Wood on 09 August 2019.
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.


Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.


Maudslay M'weather FoT RJD 344LAN444 Maudslay M'weather PE West HamMaudslay Regent3/M'weather DP West Ham FB FAN333Maudslay Merryweather Emergency TenderOld and New....Maudslay MerryweatherMaudslay Regent III/Merryweather TL YKP 177Maudslay Regent Merryweather ET London OXT 779Maudslay Regent Merryweather ET OXT 779NFKG50 AEC/Maudslay Regent MK3
My Album Admin Login | Terms & Copyright | Try our site about Dream Cars