New Life in Old Engine

New Life in Old Engine

The Bronx News of recent date said: “The determination of the fire commissioner to motorize the New York department on as economical a basis as possible has reached the borough of Bronx, where at the shops of Heiss & Gauss, East 133d street and Brook avenue, one of the old horse-drawn engines is going through a system of conversion as to motor power that if successful will mean the awarding of the entire contract to the Bronx firm. A few days ago a successful test was executed when an old Brooklyn engine was refitted with electric storage batteries and motor wheels, each with an individual motor drive, were attached to the front in lieu of the wooden ones. The engine traveled over many Bronx thoroughfares and invaded Manhattan borough, where the hills of Manhattanville and Washington Heights were mounted with success. The Hinners Electrical Company, of the Bronx supplied the special strage aneries and motors. They are of 16-horsepower and capable of going 45 miles per hour. The recent test was slightly marred, however, by a slight-accident to John Rennand, one of the demonstrators, who fell from the rear of the engine and broke an arm. The stories as printed in some of the downtown daily newspapers are untrue as regards the running away of the engine, and its so-called Uncontrollable mechanism.”

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