Tests of Robinson Motor Engines.
Recently the Robinson Fire Apparatus Company, of St. Louis, Mo., has placed two of its large sized motor pumping engines, one in Billings, Mont., and the other in Pottsville, Pa. An illustration of a test at the former place is given herewith. It shows the engine throwing a 1 1/2-inch stream, and at the other trials at both places the same satisfactory results were obtained. These engine trucks are the largest made by the company. The one purchased by the Good Intent Fire Company, of Pottsville. cost $8,500, hut the manufacturers state that they do not intend to sell any more of this class of machine at so low a price.
A local Pottsville paper says: “The truck is a regular lire department in itself, combining a fire engine, chemical engine and hose cart. The power is furnished by a six-cylinder gasolene engine, which develops 120 horsepower, and furnishes both the motive power and the pumping power, die latter having a capacity of 750 gallons a minute. The truck also contains a 40gallon chemical tank, with 300 feet of chemical hose, and is likewise equipped with 1,296 feet of inch water hose, one 20-foot extension ladder, an 8-foot plaster hook, one hard suction hose, 14 feet long, one 6-foot flexible hose for coupling to standpipes, all necessary couplings to lit any fire plug in town, and other fire equipment, such as axes, crowbars, door openers and a complete set ot tools. I he truck can attain a high speed of 48 or 50 miles an hour, but at present is geared at a 30-mile speed. It is guaranteed to climb any hill that a horse can he driven tip. The engine is started by a 2 to 1 cranking gear, and it is not necessary to crank up every time the machine is taken out, but only after the compressed gas has gotten cold. The truck is 21 feet m total length, and has a wheel base of 152 inches, it is also equipped with a large locomotive gong, rung by hand, and with two electric headlights and four small lamps. It is handsomely painted in the regulation fire color, red with gold stripes On the motor hood are painted large green and gold letters, P. F. D., indicating Pottsville Fire Department, and on the body of the machine is painted Good Intent Fire Company No. 1. The motor is Imilt over the front wheels, then comes the steering gear, chauffeur’s seat. fire engine, chemical tank, with a hose compartment in the rear.”