Los Angeles Tests New Motor Engines

Los Angeles Tests New Motor Engines

The Los Angeles, Cal., Express of a recent date, contained the following account of a Gorham fire engine test in that city:

“Los Angeles is now in possession of the first of the three big Gorham auto fire engines, and soon will place it in commission at engine 20, on Sunset boulevard. The test of the big auto engine, which is the largest type used on the Pacific coast, was conducted most successfully yesterday afternoon at Echo Park by Acting Chief O’Donnell and A. Price, superintendent of engines and machinery of the fire department, assisted, or watched by the chief of nearly every fire departmenl in southern California. The pumping records per minute scored by this marvel of fire fighting efficiency, practically before the engine and pump have been limbered up. were remarkable. being scored as follows: With three 1-inch nozzles, 750 gallons a minute; with three 1 3/4-inch nozzles. 1,025 gallons a minute; with one 2-inch nozzle, 1,000 gallons a minute; with 1 5/8-inch nozzle. 870 gallons; average run for one and onehalf hours’ steady pumping. 718 gallons. The new engine has a 74 x 4-inch bore, and centrifugal engine of 9-inch stroke, and the specifications of the fire department called for only 700 gallons a minute pumping rapacity. Superintendent Price declared his belief that the engine will reach a capacity of 1,200 gallons when fully tuned. The new auto fire engine is said to be a revolution in fire apparatus. It will save iu fuel bills and horse feed more than the difference in cost over a horse-drawn engine, besides having much greater power. In a tesl of its road-going abilities the engine climbed Mount Washington, loaded with crew and full equipment. It weighs 18,000 pounds, and looks like a big white touring car and truck combined.”

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