Test of Louisville’s Big Motor Pumper

Test of Louisville’s Big Motor Pumper

A test of what is asserted to be the largest gasoline motor fire engine in the world was recently made in Louisville, Ky., and is thus described in the Louisville Herald: “Braving showers of spray that let no straw hat or Palm Beach suit go undampened, men, women, and children were awed by the powers of the new equipment that roared and vibrated like an airplane motor as it pumped thousands of gallons of water into the air every minute. . . . ‘The spectacular old-time fire-engine rolling down the street with smoke pouring from its funnel and steam hissing in its cylinders is passing,’ said Chief Neuenschwander as he watched the big motor doing the work of twelve ordinary engines. ‘With this engine on duty in the business district we are in a position to cope with nearly any fire.’ At first the apparatus threw a two-and-a-quarter-inch vertical stream from 200 to 210 feet in the air. Following this exhibition four-anda-quarter-inch streams were thrown on to Center Street, which it as much work as five ordinary small steam fire-engines can do. The third test was the use of four ‘three-way Siamese sets,’ divided into four lines from the engine to four three-way couplings and throwing twelve three-quarters of an inch streams of water toward the heavens at once.”

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