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Inside the Dennis body shop in the 1960's
Fire Engine Photos
No: 14952   Contributor: Dr. B.A. Hutchinson   Year: 1960   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Inside the Dennis body shop in the 1960's

This is a view of the inside of the Dennis bodyshop taken in either the late 50's or early 60's. In the foreground we see a 'bin waggon' (refuse collection vehicle) and then in a row 5 F24's perhaps? You can also see quite easily the sketal wooden frame before the skinning with either steel or aluminium sheet.
Picture added on 13 February 2009
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Fantastic pictures Dr Barry, thanks for sharing them. Paul

Added by Paul Warnock on 14 February 2009.
I wonder if these are all Wheeled Escapes for London?

Added by Chris Hall Teesside UK. on 14 February 2009.
Wow, the days when Fire Engines were BUILT, by Skilled Craftsmen. Not a collection of mass-produced components assembled together; with a Warranty stuck on....

BTW, for we less-enlightened; truck on left translates as "Garbage Truck"......!

Do the bits and mountings show already, if these are going to be Wheeled Escapes: or is it too early in construction to tell ?

Thanks, Doc Barry, for showing us a piece of Fire Engine Heaven.

Regards, from Canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 15 February 2009.
What a unique photo!

The step cut outs in the rear side panels and the absence of side lockers behind the rear wheels do indeed indicate that these will carry escape ladders when placed into service.

As for craftsmanship - well, maybe. But what is clear is that there appear to be only eight people working on these five appliances, which does not suggest a very efficient production process. No wonder Dennises were very expensive, and brigades often had to wait a long time for delivery.

If they were built right next to bin lorries, I wonder if the quality standards were the same for fire appliances? Usually, factory workers do not have the flexibility to work at different levels of quality on different products.

Added by Rob Johnson on 22 August 2014.
from lawn mowers to fire engines the quality was always very high - this is why Dennis products cost twice as much (or more)! as their competitors products

Added by Richard Morley on 09 January 2015.
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