Posted on 08/13/2013

Photo taken on April 30, 2011

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Steam-powered Fire Engine.

Steam-powered Fire Engine.
A 19th Century horse-drawn London fire engine made by Merryweather & Sons, photographed at the National Railway Museum in York, England.

Merryweather & Sons of Clapham, later Greenwich, London, were builders of steam fire engines and steam tram engines. The founder was Moses Merryweather (1791–1872) of Clapham, who was joined by his son Richard Moses (1839–1877).
The Merryweathers worked with the engineer Edward Field to fit his design of a vertical boiler onto a horse-drawn platform. They successfully applied it for use in their steam fire engine, thus improving water pressure and making it easier to use once steam had been got up. It was reckoned that an engine could get up enough pressure to pump within ten minutes of a call out; the fire could be started before leaving the fire station so there would be enough pressure by the time they arrived at the scene of the fire.
Appliances were available in small sizes suitable for a country house, pumping about 100 gallons per minute, through to large dockyard models, rated at 2000 gallons per minute.

Marie-claire Gallet, yokopakumayoko Francesco, one42chrisp, Rick Simpson and 7 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Fascinating old vehicle! Even then those fire firefighters were able to do a great job with the equipment they had!

Seen in "Rainbow Building"
5 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Exceptional shot!
5 years ago.
This is great, I knew I had something similar, just sorted it out and posted on here.
Would you like to post this into our thread for vintage transport?

Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
5 years ago.
Phil has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Now posted....thanks for the invite:-)
5 years ago.
Wonderful old machine.
I photographed this on in Matsumoto City Museum, Japan.
Steam Pump fire engine
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wat a nice shot.
4 years ago.
Lovely! Great shot!
4 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Admired in:
100% perfect

Thank for sharing
4 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Thank you for adding your image to Interesting History
23 months ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Great shot & narrative!
23 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
WOW, so beautiful and very useful in the old days !!! Great capture !!!!!!!!
16 months ago.