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Teesside Bedford water ladder
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No: 6727   Contributor: Paul Warnock   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Teesside Bedford water ladder

842 JUP Bedford water ladder. photo taken at Preston Park, Teesside fire engine rally.
Picture added on 12 March 2008
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This Machine was new to Durham machine Fire Brigade in 1961. It served at Stockton Fire Staion (South Road Norton) from 1965, and was withdrawn in the middle 70's. It was recovered for preservation, and attended the Teesside Airport, Preston Park, and Tyne Tees Rallies regularly throughout the nineties.
It was involved in an RTA with a Lorry on the A19 whilst returning from the Tyne Tees Rally in either 1996 or 97, in which it was written off.
I would be interesting to know if this Machine actually still exists because several people have mentioned that it is either under re-restoraton or is a derilict wreck, can anyone confirm this?

Added by Chris Hall, Teesside. on 13 March 2008.
Thanks for that info Chris, I cannot remember when I took the picture but it was a while ago. It would be a pity if has been scrapped.

Added by Paul Warnock on 14 March 2008.
I believe this is a 1961 Bedford J1 WrT, built by Hampshire Car Bodies, (who later became HCB Angus).

Added by Bill on 04 March 2009.
Bill,

Not meaning to be pedantic, but it was a J5, not a J1.

Added by Ian Moore on 04 March 2009.
The second one seems to be a near twin, but on a slightly longer wheelbase. It has a bit longer cab, and a few inches more room in the forward locker, too.

As I recall, this was accompanied at the Stockton Fire Station in its day by a water tender escape which was also a Bedford J5 - HCB, which looked almost identical.

Added by Rob Johnson on 28 May 2018.
This is the type of engine I remember from childhood in Dumfries and Galloway.
A lot more character than modern machines and to me a true classic!

Added by MG on 29 May 2018.
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