London Motor Engine.
A few weeks ago there arrived at the headquarters of the London fire brigade a new petrol motor fire engine, which is the first of its kind to be put into service in the British metropolis. The new machine pumps 500 gal. of water per minute and can attain a speed of 30 miles an hour on the level, while any hill in the London district can be negotiated. The pump is driven by the same motor as propels the vehicle, the power being transferred from the road wheels by the movement of a single lever. It is specially adapted for working from deep lifts, and will draw water in a few seconds from a depth of 27 ft. without priming devices. With its capacity for instant turn out, its high rate of speed and its powerful pumping capabilities, this latest acquisition should certainly prove a valuable addition to the London fire brigade’s increasing motor equipment.