The Opinion of a Captain on Engine No. 58.
The most interesting comments brought out by Mayor Gaynor’s review of automobile fire fighting apparatus in the City Hall Park recently was offered by the captain of a regular horse-drawn, engine on the big motor steamer No. 58. “Say,” remarked this captain, “if you want to see the original juggernaut you want to see No. 58, come tearing down the avenue some dark night, with her headlights shining; her grate dropping coals; her chimney spitting sparks, and her bell and her siren going both at once. Believe me she gives you the horrors. When it comes to speed. No. 58 is the thing. That 110-horsepower engine skims over the pavement so fast that she goes by a regular team like an express train. I’ve got three of the best horses that ever pulled leather in a fire department; but she passes them like they were standing still. My engine weighs six tons, but when I hear 58 coming down the road, just take my word for it, she. gets the right of way.” “Talk about joy riding, remarked Street Cleaning Commissioner Big Bill Edwards. “Did you ever see Waldo drive 58 while he was tire commissioner?” No. 58 is the only automobile lire engine in the city’s possession, and was put in service March 20. 1911. To date this machine has traveled over 600 miles in service and answered over 450 alarms.