Front Drive Motor Engine.
An interesting development in the motorizing of fire department apparatus, which seems to have attracted much attention, has been tested upon the streets of New York within the past week. It is the Christie Front Drive Equipment attached to a New York steam fire engine. This device is built separately and attached to an engine or aerial truck, practically without taking the apparatus out of commission, which is a point of great importance. The engine was driven by J. W. Christie, the inventor, designer and builder. Mr. Christie is a man of great mechanical ingenuity, and will be recognized by those acquainted with the motor field as holding the American record for high speed with this particular drive The front drive was exhibited last September, being originally intended for commercial trucks, but its adaptability to the motorizing of fire apparatus, especially fire engines, was suggested to Mr. Christie by Mr. C. J. Cross, who was for many years salesmanager of one of the largest fire apparatus builders, and it is interesting to note that Mr. Cross is now exploiting and handling the sales of the Christie Front Drive Equipment. The reader’s attention is called to the onequarter page advertisement of C. J. Cross & Co. on another page, which is quite unique in that three such kindred lines are combined under one sales management. Mr. Cross is now organizing his selling force, and he anticipates to make good his statement of a couple of months ago when lie again entered the fire apparatus field that he would handle nothing but the very best of its kind for fire departments.