10/17/10 296 W, 4 I - + 8 - 3 Old Apparatus at Station 8

Expanding on this mystery history photo, let's turn back the clock at Station 8 on Western Boulevard. That's the one with the full basement, built in 1963 and which replaced a rented house on Method Road. Before the Division Chief's quarters were built, before the Battalion Chief's quarters were built, and before Services had an office and warehouse there, the lower-level was used for apparatus storage. Witness these beauties that were once located there.

Left to right, top to bottom. First photo shows the 1950 FWD pumper. City seal on the door. Second photo shows the 1936 American LaFrance 400 Series pumper. That baby had a 12-cylinder engine! Third photo shows the 1939/1916 American LaFrance tiller, and the 1922 American LaFrance service truck. The latter was cannibalized in 1963 and the ladder used to build the 1963 Ford service truck. Fourth photo is the 1957 FWD pumper.
So what happened them? The 1922 ALF: Unknown. The 1936 ALF: Sold to private owner, who stored outside. Might have been local owner, maybe Durham? Believed last seen as fallen apart. 1939/1919 ALF: Sold to private owner, stored outside in Apex for a couple decades. Sold recently to another owner in Harnett County, and who is or will be storing indoors. Thing's rusted pretty well. The 1957 ALF? Later and still owned by Knightdale Tractor Company, though it served a stint as the first engine for Hopkins Fire Department.

Next question, when were these photos taken? The physical prints are not dated. The pictures look old as get-out. The service truck and three engines were sold in December 1976, so they're at least that old. The old tiller is remembered as still being behind Station 8 as late as 1984, if my memory of other people's memories are correct. What do readers recall of these old-time trucks? Click to enlarge:

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