10/28/08 80 W, 1 I - + 15 - 16 American LaFrances in Brevard

Found a pair of older American LaFrances in Brevard this morning. Pictured left is Engine 2, built 1945. Registration #L2246. The 500 or 600 Series pumper later served as a ladder tender, equipped as a service truck. More info. Pictured right is Engine 1, built 1925. Registration #5111. Probably a Type 75, it was the first motor apparatus for BFD, and the first motorized fire engine in Transylvania County. More info. Click to enlarge. Learn about the Brevard Fire Department.

The 1945 ALF is probably a 600 series. The difference is the shape of the grille. The 500 series curved backwards over the fenders while the 600 series was vertical. There were a small number of ALF 500s made the way of the 600. The 700/800 to 900 transistion was the same way- some features of the 700/800 were carried over to the 900 very briefly. Walt McCall’s “Fire Engines SInce 1900” is a really good source for these.
DJ (Email) - 10/28/08 - 21:28

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