Surviving & Preserved Fire Engines From the Brigades of Surrey

Here we feature fire appliances from the Fire Brigades of Surrey that have are still surviving and particularly those that are in preservation.

If you have any interesting information relevant to this section please contact us as we would be delighted to here from you, especially if you are an owner of such a vehicle or know of the whereabouts of such appliances.

NPA 250 AEC Merryweather

 

INFORMATION
WANTED PLEASE

1947

 AEC Merryweather

Turntable Ladder

 

One of two such appliances delivered to Surrey Fire Brigade NPA 250 carried the fleet number 55TLP and was stationed at Wimbledon.

Whilst we understand that this appliance was in preservation, it's current whereabouts are unknown.

Last known to have been in a field in Witney.

We would there for be delighted to hear from anyone who has any information about this fire appliance.

Unknown

RPG 78L Range Rover Carmichael Commando

  INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE

1973 

Range Rover

Carmichael Commando

Rescue Tender

One of three Range Rover's converted by Carmichael by the addition of a trailing third axle.

RPG 78L is understood to be the last known survivor.

As such we would be delighted to receive any information anyone may have on this unique vehicle.

  Unknown

Dennis Rapier

 

 Awaiting photo  Dennis Rapier 

  Ex Surrey FIre and Rescue.

Currently undergoing major restoration.

Further information will follow when available.

  Private

 

L885 CPC Dennis Rapier MK2 Demonstrator

 

 Awaiting photo  Dennis Rapier Mk2 Demonstrator 

This vehicle was unique having been the Dennis Demonstrator for the MK2 Rapier. It featured a prototype stainless steel cab and a 'GTi' spec which included electric windows!

It later went in to service with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and was stationed at Farnham & Dunsfold.

Now with demolition specialists Coleman and Co, it has a further career providing dust suppression and is used for cleaning duties. 

 Coleman and Co

coleman-co

 

 

L884 CPC Dennis Rapier

 

 

 1993

Dennis Rapier TF202

Water Tender Ladder

 One of the last to be in operational service with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Privately owned


 

L882 CPC Dennis Rapier

 

 

Photo courtesy of John D  

 

 1993
 
Dennis Rapier TF202

Water Tender Ladder

 

Seen at the Odiham Fire Show 2009.

Served at Cranleigh and in its latter days was with the Training School.

Now in service with Light Aviation Fire and Rescue Service and Wessex Fire and Rescue North.

Owned by

Barry Harding

L881 CPC Dennis Rapier

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993

Dennis Rapier TF202

 Water Tender Ladder

8.3 Litre Cummins direct injection engine.

250BHP

 Automatic gearbox

 500 gallon per minute pump

 400 gallon tank

 Carries up to 6 crew

 

 

1993 to 1998 -  Woking Fire Station (Wholetime) as a Water Tender

1998 to 2003 - Cranleigh Fire Station (Retained) as a Rescue Tender

2003 to 1/06/2007- Training School Reigate

Left Local Authority Service

2007 - 2008 Rapid Fire Cover (Cannock)

Now owned by East Anglian Fire and Rescue (Bramford, Suffolk) who specialise in providing fire cover at public events.

http://www.eastanglianfireandrescue.co.uk/

Owned by 

East Anglian Fire and Rescue

K291 XPF GMC

 

Information Wanted 

 This Rescue Tender was originally supplied to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, it appears to have then been used by J.Mould demolition. In September 2013 it was sold at auction.

It's current predicament is unknown. 

 Unknown 

H713 JPL  Dennis SS233

  Information  wanted

1991

Dennis SS233

 This ex Surrey Fire and Rescue appliance is understood to potentially be in preservation. As such we would be delighted to hear of any information on this vehicle

    Unknown 

 

F404 MPE Land Rover

 

Photo courtesy Pete Matten

 1988

Land Rover

L4P

 Land Rover L4P, known to have served at Dorking & Woking.

 Due to the rural nature of Surrey, these light four wheel drive vehicles with pump and tank (L4P) are a crucial addition to the fire-fighting fleet.

Whilst in service this appliance did not have the useful canvass soft top that is currently fitted.

Further information wanted

 Unknown

E409 DPJ Mercedes Polyma

 

 

Photo courtesy of Barry Harding  

 

 1987

Mercedes 1222/Polyma

Water Tender Ladder

 

Served at: Godalming and Haslemere.

Having been preserved in the UK it is now understood to have been sold abroad to continue in private ownership. 

 

Unknown

HPE 752V Dennis RS

Photo Courtesy of Serco

1980

Dennis RS

 Originally serving with BAE systems at Weybridge (alongside WPD 236G below).

This appliance was then in use with Serco International Fire Training, who used it as a local authority fire appliance (crew of 5) on their Aviation Rescue and Fire fighting training course as this simulates the local authority response to an airfield incident/accident.

The appliance was also used on dangerous goods exercises on certain Aviation Rescue and Fire fighting training programmes. 

The vehicle livery makes reference to Serco International Fire Training Centre and has a call sign of SERCO 24. 

 The Trust are very grateful for being provided with the above information by

Serco International Fire Training Centre

This vehicle has now been withdrawn from service.

 Unknown

YPA 547Y Dennis RS

 

  Awaiting photo

  1983

Dennis RS 

Low pressure pump 

  New to Surrey Fire Brigade in 1983 and stationed at Haslemere, reallocated to Gomshall in 1989 where it remained until 1991 when it was transferred to reserve fleet. Out of service 1993 it was acquired (along with a dozen other Dennis RS appliances) by London County Bus at Reigate for a failed project to Poland and passed to FIre-Aid International in 1995. It was restored using it's current livery in 1996 and is still retained as a hire vehicle  FIreAid International

LPA 850W Ford A0610/Bridge Coach works Light pump

 

 

Photo Courtesy John D

1980

 Based on Ford A Series

Ford V6 3.0 litre Petrol

Bodied by Bridge Coachworks, Ealing, London

200 Gallon Water Tank

Godiva 500 gallon per minute pumo 

 

 Delivered new to BAE Systems at Dunsfold on 13th September 1980 where it remained for several weeks for training purposes, following which it transferred to the British Aerospace offices and factory at Kingston where it remained until the unit closed. It then returned to Dunsfold for disposal and was donated to the local Cranleigh School (who operated a fire service through their cadet scheme).

On May 17th 1996 it was sold by the school to SEC Fire Protection at Shepperton International Film Studios where it provided fire cover for film work.

It went in to preservation in 2001.

 Private
 

 

EGO 852T Carmichael Jetranger

 Awaiting photo

 

1977 Carmichael Jetranger

 Served at Dunsfold Aerodrome, now understood to be on display at Gatwick Aviation Museum.

Further information requested

  Gatwick Aviation Museum

Gatwick Aviation Museum

 

KPD 807P Ford A Series

 

 

 

  New in 1975 this Ford A0610 and was built by Bridge Coachworks and served at the works Brigade of James Walker in Woking.

Photographed by a member in November 2012, we would be delighted to hear from the current owner.

 

 Owner unknown

 

VAY 533S Range Rover TACR1

 

 

  Awaiting Photo  

1977

Range Rover

TACR 1

 Known to have served at BAE Dunsfold (alongside LDF 681P below)

It was saved for preservation and is currently in a semi restored state.

 

 Private 

 

LDF 681P Range Rover Gloster Saro TACR1

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Measday

1976 Range Rover

Gloster Saro

TACR 1

Thought to be one of only six built by Gloster Saro Ltd of Hucclecote, Gloucs. Whilst visually similar to the other Truck Aircraft Crash Rescue (TACR) vehicles built by Carmichael, one visible difference is the electrical power socket on the right hand corner of the rear bodywork.

Originally serving with Hawker Siddelley Aerospace & British Aerospace at Dunsfold Aerodrome, it was loaned to the newly formed Brooklands Museum Fire Service in 1995 and donated later that year.

 

This vehicle is currently on display at the Brooklands museum, alongside some other rare airport fire appliances.

Brooklands Museum

WPD 236G Dennis F44

Photo courtesy of John D

1969

Dennis F44

Rolls Royce

Alison Automatic Gearbox

 

INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE

See Fire Engines in Service Page of this site.

This photograph shows the appliance when last seen in the South of England in the 1990's.

It was then sold to a preservationist in the North and is now understood to be in a scrap yard.

 

  Unknown

XPF 335G Land Rover

 

 

 Photo Courtesy Dave Try

 

 

1969

 XPF 335G


Land Rover Series 11A 109

 Crash Rescue Tender

 

   Originally painted in a striking White livery this Land Rover served with Surrey Fire Brigade as Crash Rescue Tender.

It has been with the current owner for over ten years having been reccovered from a scrap yard in Norfolk.
   
   Whilst originally diesel engined, it now carries a modified 200 Tdi Tubo engine along with Parabolic suspension and High Ratio Diffs.


   The vehicle is now fully operational and act sas a response Fire Crash tender with the Motor Sports Association  and The Millitary Vehicle Trust
 
   As the restoration progresses, it is hoped to return her to her original colour. 

 We would be grateful of any further information anyone has on this appliance.

Owner

TRYSEC FIRE and RESCUE SERVICE

 

CPF 210B Dennis F33 Magirus

 

Photo courtesy of John D

 

 1964

Dennis F33

Magirus

Rolls Royce B81

Allison Automatic Gearbox

 This vehicle only came out active service in recent years and it is hoped that it survived in to preservation.Bombeiros Portugal 

221 VPB Dennis F27 Magirus

 

 

 

 

1961

Dennis F27/ Magirus

100ft Turntable Ladder

 
 

Served the majority of it's career at Chertsey Fire Station, this appliances last call out was whilst as a reserve in 1984 to the bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton.

After languishing on a farm in Marlow for 18 years, it was rescued and meticulously restored to it's former glory.

 Private

97 SPK Dennis F24

 

Photo courtesy David Goode  

1961 
 
 Dennis F24

Water Tender

Rolls Royce Engined

Automatic Gearbox

 Serving with Surrey Fire Brigade at Esher until the mid 1970's. Whilst in preservation this appliance was famously featured in the Channel 4 series 'Classic Trucks'.

Photo courtesy David Goode

 

 Private
 

 

96 SPK Dennis F24

INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE 
1961 
 
 Dennis F24

Water Tender

Rolls Royce Engined

Automatic Gearbox

 

  Sister machine to 97 SPK, this appliance was new to Guildford in 1961.

1971/1972 became a spare

1967/1977 transferred to Cranleigh

 Unknown 

773 LPG Dennis F24

Photographed when recently overed

 

Dennis F24  

Water Tender

Rolls Royce Engined

Automatic Gearbox

This appliance has just been rescued by a site member.

We are awaiting further information and would be grateful of any history anyone might have of this machine.

 Private

79 GPK Austin FE

Photo courtesy of Pete Matten

1958 

Austin FE

Surrey Fire Brigade

INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE  

Three of these Foam and Salvage Tenders were built by the Surrey Fire Brigade workshops

Stationed in Epsom until 1975.

Following service with SFB it went to a film company at Shepperton Studio.

Left abandoned and falling in to disrepair, it was saved and subject to total restoration by its current owner.

 

Privately owned

1 AMX Dennis F12 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Graham Bull

 1953

Dennis F12

Pump Escape

Rolls Royce Engined

Rear mounted pump.

 

Initially serving with the Middlesex Fire Brigade at Staines from January 1954 till 1964

In 1965 following Brigade restructure and boudary changes, 1AMX was one of three Middlesex appliances to be incorporated with Surrey Fire Brigade; the others being Staines Dennis F8 P/WRT Reg 43 CMX & Sunbury's Dennis F12 PE (side mounted pump) WMX 147.

 1 AMX then continued to serve with Surrey at Staines until going off the run in 1972, which during that last year it attended the Staines air crash.

Of note is that this appliance was always in front line service and unusually never went in to training school nor did it become a reserve.

This machine is in pristine condition, fully stowed with period equipment and one. if not the finest Dennis F12's in preservation.

Owned by 

AMIX Group

RPG 22 Leyland Comet Windover

Photoe courtesy of Pete Matten

 1952

Leyland Comet

Windover

100 Gallon Tank

 

 Sister machine to RPF 60, this appliance is believed to have served at Sutton, until boundary changes took the machine in to the London Fire Brigade.

INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE 

  Unknown

RPF 60  Leyland Comet Windover

  Photo Courtesy of Pete Matten

 1951

Leyland Comet

Windover

5.5Litre OHV

 4 Speed Gearbox

2 Speed rear axle

100 Gallon Tank

 Six of these appliance were bought by Surrey Fire Brigade from 1951.

Initially served at Barnes until the present Richmond fire station opened.

When Barnes and the Old Richmond fire station closed, this machine moved to Egham as a spare.

Sold to a dealer in 1981 for preservation, it subsequently changed hands and has recently been resplendently restored.

(incidentally the other five Leylands were taken over by the GLC in 1965

 Vince & Lis Fox

Standard-Gwynne Light Trailer Fire Pump (1940's)

 Awaiting photo  

 1021cc Petrol 4 cylinder side valve

230 Gallons per minute 

 Early history unknown but was stationed at St Thomas' Hydestyle Hospital in Godalming from 1943 onwards. Was discovered in the 1970's when a Surrey Stationary engine owner was offered the trailer for transport. On recognition of the trailers original use the pump was then acquired from Milford Chest Hospital (complete with hard suction) where it had been used to pump out footings whilst building work was taking place in the late 1960's. The pump was restored by fire-fighters at Gomshall FIre Station in the 1990's and was purchased by the present owner in May 2005 from a lady in Shere Private

PPL 897 Dennis F12

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Pete Matten

 

1951

Dennis F12

Pump Escape

Rolls Royce

Engined

Mid mounted pump

INFORMATION WANTED PLEASE

 Whilst with Surrey Fire Brigade PPL 897 is known to have served at the retained station of Godalming

 

 

 Private 

Dennis

 

Photo courtesy of John D

 

 1939

Dennis

500 gallon per minute

 This trailer pump is representative of the thousands that were used by the Auxillary and  National Fire Services during WW2 to stop the home fires burning.

This particular example is believed to have served during that time at the airfield at Brooklands which was then used by Vickers-Armstrongs and Hawker aircraft companies who were producing military aircraft.

Fire Brigades

of Surrey

Preservation Trust  

HPJ 382 Dennis Big Four

  Awaiting   photo

1939

 Dennis Big 4

 

The Big 4 was purchased new by Vickers Armstrong at Brooklands in 1938, spent a bit of time fighting fires at Portsmouth during the war and was still in service up to its retirement in 1971.

The Big 4 has spent all of its retirement in Hampshire, living at Basingstoke Fire Station from 1971 - 2001 when purchased by the current owner.

During the previous ownership the lads at Basingstoke rebuilt the engine and it has probably covered more miles in retirement than it did in service. They have done a considerable number of weddings and an even greater number of funerals, all for firemen from Hampshire Brigade..

It has raised an awful lot of money for the Ben Fund over the years as well as appearing on TV and at various events.

This vehicle is currently on display at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke

 Private 

JPC 828 1939 Bedford

 

 Awaiting photo  1939 Bedford 

  This 1939 Bedford that was adapted from a box van by James Walker themselves with an open rear body it featured a separate rear mounted self-contained pump (now believed to be in the Fire Service National Museum).

The appliance was rescued from a field in Essex and is in a part restored state. 

 

 Private 

 

AVB 1 1936 Leyland - Metz Ladder

 Awaiting photo 1936  Originally supplied to Croydon FIre Brigade, following border changes it was amalgamated in to the London FIre Brigade (LFB) where it continued it's service. After 40 years hidden away, It has recently emerged in to preservation thanks to the dedication of a number of enthusiasts and has caused quite a stir on the rally scene. Private 

FPC 448 Dennis Ace (Flying Pig)

 Photo & text courtesy of Pete Matten

 

1936

Dennis

Dennis No 2 Pump

This 1936 Dennis Ace Pump (reg-FPC 448) has been the works appliance at Dennis since it was first built,the appliance being a prototype fire appliance which utilised the Dennis Ace chassis which was previously used for buses and commercial vehicles.

It is still retained as the Works Fire Tender and is still looked after by the young technicians at the factory and is still operational today.

The 1936 Dennis Ace fire appliance is effectionately known as 'The Flying Pig'

 Dennis 

CPE 218 Albion Merryweather

 

 

 

 Photo courtesy of John D

 

 

1934 

Albion

Merryweather

75Ft Turntable Ladder

Seen at the Odiham Fire Show in 2009.

In service with Wimbledon and Kingston and during the war with London. Out of service 1963.

 Private 

 

 

Merryweather

 

 

Photo courtesy of John D

1885
 Merryweather
 Little is known of the history of this particular hand drawn fire engine, other than it is indicative of the "Factory pattern", which would have been used by commercial and industrial premises to protect their assets.  

Fire Brigades
of Surrey

Preservation Trust 

Merryweather

 

Photograph and text courtesy of Matt Pennington of

www.PennPix.com

 Taken from the famous postcard series of the Fire Service National Benevelont Fund created by Matt's late father Roger Pennington, the highly regarded photographer.

Matt is preserving the superb legacy of all those iconic images, that were so expertly captured.

 

 1877 

 Merryweather 

This pump was purchased second-hand in 1883 by J.H.C Evelyn Esq of Wotton House, Nr Dorking Surrey.

(Wotton House was used for many years as the Fire Service Staff College). With a 6inch Merryweather engine, it was designed to be worked by 30 men, producing 100 g.p.m at one stroke per second.

Drawn by 2 horses, it weighed 1 1/4 Tons when loaded. Found in derelict condition, it was restored at Dorking Fire Station. The pump can still produce a good fire-fighting jet.

 Fire Brigades of Surrey Preservation Trust

Merryweather

 

Photo courtesy of John D

Circa 1890

Merryweather

London Fire Brigade pattern 

Horse drawn 

25 man 115 gallon per minute  


 This appliance served the town of East Molesey.
 
Records show that circa 1890 the Fire Brigade moved to Matham Road with a "manual" horse drawn engine (believed to be this appliance) which Peter James Rumney of Ridge's Food, who lived in the same road and possible adjacent to the station took a great part in providing for the engine.
 
Found within the caves at Reigate,

Photographs of it in service can be seen through the following link:

Molesey History - Molesey Fire Brigade

 

Fire Brigades of Surrey Preservation Trust 

Merryweather Escape

 

Awaiting photo  Awaiting further information  Limited information currently known, other than this was the escape used by the Godalming Fire Brigade. It was sold by the town council and used by a local firm for access for general repairs.  Private

 

Merryweather

 

 Photo courtesy of Guildford Museum

 

1863

 Merryweather 

 This Horse Drawn Manual, served the town of Guildford and is now in the care of the local museum.

It is not currently on display.

 Visit their website through the following link:

Guildford Museum

 

 Guildford Museum

Hadley & Simpkin


 

Hadley & Simpkin

 We have no knowledge of the history of this hand drawn fire engine, other than it was originally discovered by workmen clearing the caves under Reigate town centre in the 1970's.

It then disappeared for many years, before being found in 1987 by Trust Member Derek Chinery.

Fire Brigades

of Surrey

Preservation Trust 

 

Bramah

 

 Photo courtesy of John D

 1774

Bramah 

 This hand drawn Bramah dates from 1774.

It's early date is authenticated by what could be considered it's crude construction (when compared to other such engines in the Trusts care), however considering it predates them by 100 years, it is in fact highly advanced in it's design and an equally effective device.

 

Fire Brigades

of Surrey

Preservation Trust 

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