05/21/10 135 W, 12 I - + 7 - 2 Michigan Beauties

For your Friday enjoyment, here are handful of classic rigs as photographed at the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti. The full tour is forthcoming, with more hand, horse, and motor vehicles. Plus an excursion to their off-site storage and apparatus therein. Great museum, from collection to presentation to subject matter.

Left to to right: 1900 Rumsey and Company hand engine, 1900 H. D. Edwards Co. hand reel, 1908 Ahrens steam engine, 1918 Waterous gas engine, 1919 American LaFrance Type 40 pumper, 1931 Ahrens-Fox pumper. Click to enlarge:

Let's add a couple more, shall we? Don't have makes and model years for most of these, at present. That's a hand-cranked engine, a single-tank chemical cart, and double-tank chemical cart, another hand-pulled hose reel, a hand-pulled ladder truck, and a Chief Engineer's car. More motor rigs forthcoming. Click to enlarge:

The Rumsey hand engine was of particular interest to Yours Truly, as Raleigh’s last of five hand engines was an 1873 Rumsey and Company. Here’s an 1880s catalog drawing of one, which looks pretty close to the pictured apparatus: http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/appar... Does that mean Raleigh’s 1873 Rumsey engine looked similar? Maybe.
Legeros - 05/21/10 - 07:53

If you have a chance to go to this hidden gem, it’s worth the trip from Detroit/Ann Arbor. My in-laws live in AA and I made the trip soon after it opened a couple of years ago. It has well kept and well restored fire apparatus and equipment. Not alot of help from the volunteer when I was there, but alot to look at for the size museum it is.
Dave - 05/26/10 - 09:30

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