MOTOR FIRE ENGINE FOR LONDON.
United States Consul Hamm at Hull, England, writes that London claims to have the largest and most powerful motor fire engine yet built. It is of fifty-horsepower and capable of throwing 500 gallons of water a minute to a height of 150 feet. It is propelled by a steam water-tube boiler situated between the rear wheels, and heated by a petroleum burner, in which the fuel is sprayed into a furnace. In front of the boiler is the engine, with a pair of inverted cylinders driving two direct and double-acting pumps. The pumps can be disconnected from the engines, and, by throwing into gear a pinion wheel, the motor drives a countershaft, from which the power s transmitted to the wheels. Thus the same motor takes the vehicle to the fire and, on arrival, pumps the water. The engine carries enough petroleum for a forty-mile journey. It is steered by handwheel, fitted with single solid rubber tires and “non-skids.” This motor fire engine was recently run ttp Blackheath Hill, where there is a gradient of one foot in nine or ten feet, and horsed fire engines go up at a walk, with the men on foot. The motor engine went up, with a full load of eight men, hose and appliances, at fifteen miles an hour, and was gathering speed on the stiffest part of the climb.