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What a crazy chassis !        All the weight over twin drive axles , I reckon that would go straight ahead on a wet bend and scrub front tyres off in the dry. 

I bet the drivers hated it

Great pic though !

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First machine I rode in July 1968.Fantastic. Looks fairly well presented, but  the hook ladder on its  R/H side roof wasn't something we carried. I was told the City stopped carrying hook ladders after WW2. There would have been a roof ladder though.

Strangely, we still did hook ladder training at the Birmingham training school. Up to the 4th floor on the outside. Said to be confidence training, wether we used them at jobs or not ! 

I  remember seeing Ken Blatherwick back the TL into the front of UAU, nearside screen pillar all smashed in. No idea who mended it, a local coachbuilder I think.

Great photo Willow.

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I'm not one for having loads of family photos hanging on the wall, but the only one I've got of my late dad, is one in his AFS uniform sometime during WW2. Being a baker at the time, he wasn't called up, but joined the AFS in Sutton in Ashfield, but as the overnight bombing raids by the Luffwaffe hotted up, he was sent to Walsall, and spent most of the war there. 

I've still got his lapel badge and three manuals somewhere in the loft.

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What a photo !, the glory days of the British Fire service, the fifties and sixties. I'm sure a few of them would still be in the job when I joined, but I don't readily recognise anyone

I bet some of the pensioners would love to see this.

Spot the fogrider and front end of his bike , on the left, although it appears to have girder forks whereas our Norton was telescopics, so, quite likely to be an AFS despatch rider to lead them out of the City and beyond ?

Love it ! Keep 'em coming !

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Missed that Fog...good sleuthing!

Always remember your bike outside Central..to the far right was the Chiefs motor..recall a Hillman Hunter..and an Avenger..both red.

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Not far off Ian, Chiefs car was a Humber Sceptre, lovely shade of red, swanky black interior,

there were two Avengers after about 1971, in orange. One had rotted through the sills in 9 months.

They replaced two Hillman minx's , black, that had lasted for a decade without body problems !

 

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https://sfrheritagetrust.org/portfolio/gto-10-dennis-merryweather-2/

This website gives a basic history of GTO 10, a Dennis Merryweather turntable stationed at Shakespeare street in 1940 to 1955, when it went to Dunkirk until 1965 according to the text. There are some great thumbnail pics too.

It's a fine looking machine and I was always overawed when, as a child, I saw it on the streets.

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GTO 10 is a very stylish machine. It was at the closing event for Central Fire Station. Apart from my fogrider bike, it was the only ex-city machine there out of several.

UAU 999 shown recently was not available , as it's in Sunderland I presume the fuel costs would be behind that. I went through the log books once on miles and fuel issues, it was averaging 2 mpg. Probably does 5 or 6 on a run though !

 

GTO 10 looks the part, but those Merryweather ladders were horrible, flexing all over the place.Some actually collapsed, one fireman was killed, Merryweather  issued a strengthening kit, I remember it being welded on in Centrals yard. The Dennis with a Metz ladder, at Stockhill, was far superior - I spent hours up both !

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French at a guess, maybe German , that crowbar stuck down the front forks would have you arrested these days !

As for a siren worked off the front tyre, how embarrassing, imagine tearing through Slab square on that with the siren wailing ! Give me UAU anyday !!!!

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Re Ians photo above " Blue watch at Central," I've learned something there -  it was opened somewhere around 1940 , that photo must be in the 40's as any photo's I've seen of the yard and when I was there, the buildings behind the tower are 2 storeys higher and there appears an extra window in the tower at 1st floor level. Amazing.

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Yes..Fog..and because it opened during  some bad bombing on a national scale..it had no opening do.

This is Blue Watch..Central 1938.91107787-nottinghamcityfirebrigade1938-bfound some 1914 period shots of the old firehouse.

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A superb pic, but I'm confused here, I always believed Central wasn't opened until after 1940, Italian prisoners of war laid the marble City crest in the main foyer.

That Leyland pump is certainly mid to late 1930's. 

Happy bunch sat on it !

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Me too Fog...at fire displays and tours..we were told 1940.

Some photos say 1938..and said "opened" in 1938!

I am sceptical...bet that Leyland is worth a pretty penny today.

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The front row are sat on tubular steel framed chairs, they make me think fifties, but were such chairs made pre-war as well ?  That Leyland  (cub) would be built  around 1938, 20 years service until 1958. I'm not sure about the 'sergeant' style rank markings. Will look them up. 

An interesting post

 

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I missed the obvious here, Nottingham was a  Police Fire Brigade until August 1941 (when it became part of the NFS), hence the rank markings.

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Duh!!

Sorry Fog...me too.on a retired NFS site some kind fireman saved the tenders tax discs upto 1968..worth a gleg.

Ian.

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