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Stockholm Alley Cat 20metre TL
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No: 22317   Contributor: Clive Beasley   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Scania   Country: Sweden
Stockholm Alley Cat 20metre TL

Stockholm Alley Cat 20m TL Stationed at Ostermalm Fire Station. This is used for the narrow streets of the Old Town Gamla Stan.
Picture added on 21 February 2010 at 12:17
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Clive - the "Wheeled Escape Ladder" still lives, and you have got it on camera!

If I understand correctly, this little 6-wheeler backs off its load-bed on Prime Mover #126, and trundles down the low, narrow, streets with its 20m ladder.

There's obviously rear-view mirrors and a wind-shield wiper for its operator seated in front, so I presume it has its own engine - hydrostatic(hydraulic power) drive-train, perhaps ?

Would love to see any more photos of this neat device, if possible, in action....

Regards, from Canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 03 March 2010.
Rob I am sorry I do not have any more Photos. The other Station Appliances, A Rescue Pump and 30 metre T/L were out on another incident so the Station was unoccupied. This Photo was taken through the door window. Try the following link and you can see an article with a photo showing the Alleycat de-mounted.
roadtransport.com/blogs/big-lorry-blog/2007/09/just-like-an-alleycat-says-big.html

Added by Clive Beasley on 04 March 2010.
Clive - this photo is a great catch - a very rare machine for most of us here, to have known anything about.

Even greater to have snapped it through the window....as most of the Fire Services in my patch have un-manned Fire-Halls, I wind up doing the same - a lot of peering through windows and cracks to see what prize machines lie within.....

I think that there ought to be a law passed that prohibits 'window-less' Fire-Halls - you can't see anything from outside.

Managed your Link above - the photo shows the operator semi-supine in his cab(like a Formula One race-car driver) and it trundles off its Prime Mover on detachable ramps.....

Thanks for your answer.

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 05 March 2010.
Copenhagen, Denmark have them too. Invented and build in Denmark in the beginning of the 90s as a cooperation between Copenhagen Fire Department and the Danish Bobcat loader agent.
A Bobcat 753 loader was equipped with a third axle, a build down drivers cab and 4 outrigger jacks. The ladder is 3 sections of a Metz DL24 ladder. The ladder can be extended 18,6 meters. The Bobcats engine powers the hydraulic for the ladder and the outriggers.
The ladder can't turn. All of the Bobcat will turn, but it is extremely manoeuvrable. The vehicle is all wheel drive (6x6). Left-side wheels work independent of the right-side wheels allowing the Bobcat to turn very tight.
The driver is assisted by cameras front and back. The drivers cab has a mount for breathing apparatus.

Copenhagen has 3 Bobcats. 1 of them is a spare.

Added by Kristensen on 14 March 2010.
I am happy you like the little but indeed useful type of vehicle. Its design is based on the Copenhagen machines, and developed for use in Stockholm. The ladder grew one size for 20m rescue height, improved controls, more versatile support jacks and so on.

I was the technical project manager and head design engineer. I really loved working on it.

I have some more pictures of it. E-mail me if you want me to send.

Added by Lars Christiansson on 09 January 2013.
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