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1942 Leyland TD7 /Merryweather Turntable ladder
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No: 7411   Contributor: Pete Matten   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Leyland   Country: United Kingdom
1942 Leyland TD7 /Merryweather Turntable ladder

1942 Leyland TD7 half cab/Merryweather 100' Turntable Ladder (reg GLW 410) ,one of 30 built for the Home Office and issued to the National Fire Service.This appliance went into service in Aberdeen and after the war was used by the North Eastern Fire Service before finally going out of service in 1967.It was acquired in 1984 and completely restored to its Home Office (N.F.S.) specification of 1942.A total of 63 Merryweather 100ft mechanical TL's were constructed for the N.F.S.,of these,30 were built on Leyland TD7 bus chassis with a four cylider petrol engine,25 were Leyland Beaver/Merryweather TLs driven by a 8.6 litre diesel engine,and last,eight Dennis/Merryweather TLs were powered by a Meadows eight litre diesel engine.

Through bomb and flame,they stood their ground,with just an axe,or branch in hand.
No thought for themselves,just others around,they gave so much,protecting our land.

As bomb after bomb,fell to ground,that terrible noise,that terrible sound. The young and the old,they all did their bit,those very brave firemen,sadly now many dead.

Many have gone,but will not be forgot,for all that they did,and much they could not
They all did their best,in our hour of need,those hundreds of firemen,a very brave breed.

We'll never forget them,and all that they did,to make this world better,and life better to live.
God bless the many,that have sadly now gone,we shall remember them,freedom and peace cannot be wrong.
Picture added on 10 April 2008
add commentComments:
I'll look carefully through my slides to see if I have this truck and will post it on this site if I have.. I have GLW 414. kettering; GLW421 Bolton, GLW427 Hull, and GLW434 a Merryweather/Dennis in Scotland plus a couple of Leyland diesels cab overs with GXA plates which I cold post if there is interest.
Bob Graham

Added by Bob Graham on 12 April 2008.
Bob, I for one look forward to seeing afew more from this period in time.It
should not be forgotten, and many of the people who preserve these very old
vehicles feel the same and its a tribute to them that there still around.
Post those pictures-lets have a look.I'm sure the interest is there.

Added by Pete Matten on 12 April 2008.
May I echo Pete's comments. It's only natural that the older periods of fire service history are less well represented on this site but there is still much interest in this era.

Added by Chris Wood on 13 April 2008.
Similar vehicle GLW 419 is preserved (in post-war red livery) at Lincoln in the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, having been allocated to Lincoln and passing to the Lincoln Fire Brigade after the War. Unfortunately, it is not currently on the road, as it is having a (lengthy) engine rebuild.

Added by Jon on 03 August 2008.
I've been going through my old negatives and found a classic picture of this old 1942 Leyland/Merryweather Turntable Ladder.I've re-scanned it and will send into site in the next couple of days.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 10 November 2008.
This one (GLW 410) was in fact the only TD7 that was fitted post-war with a full cab post-war by Federal Industries, on behalf of North Eastern Sctotland, into whose area Aberfeen fell.

Added by Ian Moore on 11 November 2008.
Hello Ian, thanks for that interesting comment regarding this appliance and that
it had a full-cab modification post war.I wonder if any of our Scottish fire-buffs can help us out with a picture?, or maybe the current owner.

Added by Pete Matten on 11 November 2008.
old fire engines of this type or any type of that period should never be forgotten.

Added by Malcolm Punter on 11 November 2008.
We must assume that the modification was not substantial in nature as the appliance appears to be in it's original format here in what must be a rally shot. Maybe a complete restoration was required and the owners rebuilt it as originaly intended.

Added by Chris Wood on 11 November 2008.
Being amongst the uninitiated, and this particular photo angle; I did not realize that it was an "open-one-man-half-cab-forward".

Pete M. has another photo at picture #12311 showing it clearly.

Auckland, New Zealand has a similar "preserved runner" at picture #12165 and picture #12167

For fellow North American fans; if you don't think that sticking a second Driver high atop the rear of a Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder-Truck (complete with "swing-away's" - steering wheel, windshield and seat) is not weird: then have a look at these Turn-Table Ladders.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 13 November 2008.
Another picture of this is(picture #12312)which I think gives a good view.
I should also mention that there is also one of these in preservation in
the N.S.W.Fire Brigades Museum in Sydney, Australia.I do have a picture,
a brilliant picture, but sorry can't send in due to the copyright.
Maybe one of our Australian friends can help on this one?.Thanks, Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 14 November 2008.
I happen to have GLW 422

Added by Tony White on 23 January 2009.
Tony, can you send in a picture please of your appliance(GLW 422).There is
certainly still alot of interest in these WW2-era preserved vehicles, and
looking through this site you'll see many photos from that period.Thanks.

Added by Pete Matten on 24 January 2009.
Tony, I notice you say you have GLW 422 ex Wolverhampton ? and DTB 152 ex Morecambe and Heysham Leyland Metz with a cab, any chance of some pictures of them on this site please ?

Added by Rick Loudon on 25 January 2009.
GLW 410 was at the Old Watermill Shopping Village at Barton le Clay, near Bedfordin 2006. Stood out in the open with some other fire engines LCS 149 a Bedford & 6466 VP a Commer. They have apparently gone now.

Added by John Wakefield on 30 November 2010.
GLW407 and GLW417 were issued to Liverpool and lasted till the mid sixties. sorry no pictures.

Added by Dave Price on 01 December 2010.
I have recently asked the owners of The Olde Watermill Shopping Village where GLW 410 has gone, but they appear gaurded by saying it was "taken away by a collector". When pressed to reveal who that was the lady in the office said she did not know. I asked if the owner of the complex Philip Childs was around & she aid he did not know either. All very fishy

Added by John Wakefield on 04 December 2010.
These are pictures of GLW 422 which I have now sold, I am looking for some pictures of my older engine 1936 which I am wanting to sell in the spring.

Added by Tony White on 05 December 2010.
Tony I have B&W print of Emily in NFS days at Morecambe. I can send you a photocopy if you wish.

Added by Neal Glover on 06 December 2010.
The current owner is John Huckle a director of Buckdale Recovery, Bedford

Added by John Wakefield on 07 December 2010.
You may be interested to know that restoration continues .at last the engine has been freed off and it moved under its own steam today.the documents have also been obtained

Added by John Huckle on 20 July 2011.
Pete, Can you remember where this photo was took. Nice to see you and your models at Odiham again, hope your keeping well. Regards Alan Jones

Added by Alan Jones on 02 September 2011.
Hi Alan, this picture was taken back in August, 1991 at the Southampton Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally at the Royal Victoria Country Park(Netley)Southampton.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 02 September 2011.
Just out of interest GLW 408 was stationed at Bedford and Beds FS sold it 1962, where it went unknown.

Added by Dave Gooch on 02 September 2011.
Hello Pete, just a little more information on the Leyland TD7 turntable ladder GLW430 was stationed with the County Borough of Warrington and after giving loyal service to the borough was replaced in 1962 by a Dennis Hayden Magirus TL.

Added by Colin Johnson on 29 December 2011.
If not already aware, the recorders of older appliance data may appreciate the following. I have it on good authority that 1943 Leyland TL GXA 80 was at one stage part of the old Angus Area FB fleet and most likely to have been stationed within the City of Dundee. She was disposed of in December 1965 for the pricely sum of £200 ! No further details on the outcomes from her disposal. Also, 1941 Leyland TL YJ 7700 appeared to have similarly been in the fleet and was disposed of in October 1965 for £400. Again, unfortunately, no further details on disposal, or photos of either.

Added by Keith Richardson on 29 December 2011.
GLW 425 was stationed at Greenock for many years, at least until 1969.

Added by Bill Montgomery on 19 October 2012.
GLW 422 is now owned by a friend of mine in Flint. He also has KRH 806 former Kingston-upon-Hull AEC Regal Merryweather 100' TL

Added by Andrew Middleton on 20 October 2012.
I own LCS149

Added by Chris Challinger on 24 December 2013.
I am trying to update records for the Leyland Merryweather 100ft TL set of the GLW series and have quite a lot of information. Will anyone who has one on the run or is restoring one please contact me. My link is GLW 419.

Added by John Colam on 12 September 2017.
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