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Homepage. This page: Interesting look at a 1920 Tilling-Stevens (of Maidstone) fire engine, promoting a garage in the early sixties.

Tilling-Stevens fire engine in New Zealand.

The latest old photographs sent in by Dane feature a vintage Tilling-Stevens fire appliance, parked at a garage in the early 1960s as an advertising attraction. He adds: "Attached are photos of a Tilling Stevens Fire Escape ex-Wellington Fire Brigade, but at the time of the photos (1962) owned by a Wanganui-based enthusiast. It was parked as an advertising device at a service station. The ladder and accessories were all electrically driven." The garage was called "St. John's MOTORS Sales Ltd", with the Tilling-Stevens displaying a "Tetramel" (petrol) banner.
Front view of the Tilling-Stevens fire appliance
A look around online turns up a photo of just such a machine, residing at the Southwards Car Museum (photo link). This page describes an ex-Wellington Brigade 1920 Tilling-Stevens that was on display there. I'm sure it is the same vehicle as in Dane's original photos. However a look at the Southward website makes no mention of the Tilling-Stevens, so perhaps it's no longer in residence?
Rear view of the fire appliance
Note the solid rubber tyres, and rudimentary dashboard.
Behind the wheel of the fire engine
Return to Old Car Photos Page No. 8.
Dane also sent over a great workshop view of a pre-1920s Merryweather fire appliance.

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