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Fordson Tangye
Fire Engine Photos
No: 715   Contributor: Archie McKinnon   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Fordson   Country: United Kingdom
Fordson Tangye

GJJ 12 is a Fordson Tangye and was built by the Home Office and used by the national Fire service this is why it was painted Gray.
Picture added on 13 April 2006
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it was painted gray because it was cheaper than having it red

Added by Chris on 29 May 2007.
The grey livery was for camouflage. Green would not have been appropriate for an essentially civilian service and red was considered too conspicuous and likely to be a specific target during air raids. It was originally conceived that appliances would patrol a stations ground during air raids. Initially, brasses were polished as per pre war practice but later NFS appliances had the brass painted. Judging from the many restored appliances there seem to have been two shades of grey in use.

Added by Peter McCombie on 07 September 2008.
Great detail photo of an excellent restoration.
Can we get more details of these 2 Pump units - the Tangye pump, the 2 Station codes, their development ?

In our rural area, during The Great Ice Storm of 1998 - with all electricity and telephone lines down for 6 days - we had to do some patrolling of our areas; with difficult road conditions.

But, we at least, still could use radio-communications and could show lights... no one was trying to kill us, either - as when these Engines were in operation.

Thanks, from Canada, Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 08 September 2008.
Pat, 14-A-6X was Fire Force 14 Area which covered most of Hampshire, the appliance to its left (see photo 7392), 15-B-5V was from Fire Force 15
which is from the Buckinghamshire area.

Added by Pete Matten on 08 September 2008.
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