1955 Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump
This is a view of the Bedford Fire Engine known as the Green
When we took delivery of this appliance it had
the grand total of 1,900 miles on the clock.
We set about giving this old lady a much needed
face lift.A respray of the front of the appliance and painting of
the lockers and wheels soon had her looking much better.
NYV 940 attended quite a few rallies but as our
collection of appliances and workload grew, we felt that the Goddess
was not getting the attention she deserved. This was further compounded
when we lost our storage space and so reluctantly the decision was
taken to let her go. NYV 940 has gone to a good home and is now
at Summerlee Industrial Heritage Museum Coatbridge.
The Green Goddess's were intended as a go anywhere
appliance, based on a standard British army transport truck,
designed with arduous conditions in mind, this led to the vehicle
above which had a four wheel drive capability via a transfer
box behind the gearbox which split the Bedford petrol engine
power to either the pump or to either or both of the axles, the
ability to carry 300 gallons of water, fed to a 900 GPM pump, all
the hose required ( usually in excess of thirty two lengths of
two and three-quarter inch canvas hose ) with a Feather weight Portable
pump in the locker immediately behind the crew cabin, fitted on
a cradle mechanism which could be slid out down to ground level
for ease of removal or replacement. the only disadvantages to the
vehicle was two fold, its relative low maximum speed, forty MPH
and the high centre of gravity, this led to several of
the vehicles overturning when used at speed on normal roads.