Workshop

  • Maintenance and Training weekend 30-31 July July 19, 2016 We would like to invite our regular NFS firemen, and anyone who would like to see the collection and try their hand at hose, ladder and pump drill to come and join us at the farm on Saturday and Sunday 30-31 July. We have hoses, branches and pumps to test, so there will be opportunities to ...
  • Remembering the Sheffield Blitz 75th Anniversary 12 December 2015 December 15, 2015 Last Sunday, Fran and I, Michael and Richard took the Turntable Ladder and a car-full of exhibits to the event at Sheffield Cathedral. We set off really well, with the vehicle going like a train, averaging 30+mph, until we were within 15 miles of Sheffield. Then the trouble began. There was a complete¬†loss of power, which I ...
  • K4 Winter Maintenance November 17, 2015 Over the last few weeks, two key components of the K4 TL have received professional maintenance. Firstly, the petrol tank has always been a problem. The original filler spout entered the tank via a horizontal pipe, making for very slow filling, and entered the tank via a screw fitting that leaked. The tank was repaired ...
  • K4 misfire – carburetor overhaul April 19, 2015 The K4 TL has suffered from a misfire – which was rather more pronounced at the end of last season in that it seemed to struggle to extend the ladder. We checked the ignition – there is a great spark exceeding 1/4″ from the electronic ignition. The vacuum advance unit looked suspect, so we removed ...
  • Training session on Fordson Escape and Turntable Ladder March 16, 2015 A group of 9 of us met to train on the Wheeled Escape and the Turntable Ladder. We wanted to get to be as competent and safe with the Escape as we are with the TL, and to practice rescue techniques using a Neil Robertson stretcher. A video of what we achieved can be seen here, ...
  • Decontaminating our gas masks September 14, 2014 Having read about the possible dangers of asbestos in WW2 gas mask filters, we decided it was time they were decontaminated to make them safe. In fact, provided the filter is in reasonable condition, it should be perfectly safe. In service-issue gas masks (as opposed to the civilian-issue) there is a fibrous material resembling cotton wool ...
  • Pre-season preparations May 17, 2014 Had a productive day today with Michael. Almost completed painting the inside of the Mobile Canteen, and then we went on to testing pumps. We inflated one of the recently acquired¬†2,500-gallon dams, with the intention of pumping water into it to try it out. The Beresford initially wouldn’t start, until we noticed that the spark plugs ...
  • Display trailer nearly finished May 11, 2014 Michael and I had a very productive weekend at the farm. The Beresford trailer has been jetwashed, degreased and repainted, as the red paint was showing through where it had been chipped and scratched. The front locker of the London display pump has got enough ballast in it to stop the trailer being too light at the ...
  • Progress on the London Dennis No 2 pump March 30, 2014 We have been gradually stripping down the pump, recovering anything that is salvageable as spares, and preparing the engine for scrap. It is a real shame, as it looks like the engine was fully overhauled only a few working hours before being left to rot. In fact, we think it was hardly run in. As we took ...
  • Hatfield Merryweather pump – by Brian Stephens March 12, 2014 We have recently been contacted by Brian Stephens of South Wales who is restoring a Hatfield Merryweather trailer pump. He tells me it has a Meadows engine in it, and judging by the photos, he is well on the way with a very comprehensive restoration. Anyway, the reason for him contacting me was to ask advice ...

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