12/04/11 143 W, 1 I - + 1 - 5 Raleigh's Steamer Sans Trailer

Among the antique apparatus stored at Station 28 on Forestville Road is a 1905 American LaFrance steam engine. This is the second steamer that was owned by the city, after a 1870 Gould. Here's some of that history. The 1905 steamer is mounted on a trailer, and has sat on same for a few decades. What does the horse-drawn pumping engine look like on its own wheels?

Here's a special photo showing same. It's a doctored image, created using PhotoShop Elements. Look closely and you'll see the seams. Still pretty cool. With the fire department's centennial anniversary just around the corner, special attention is being paid to the steamer. More on that later. Now, let's get Mr. Blogger to update his various web pages, so this photo isn't just forgotten here on the blog. Memo to self: do that. Click to enlarge:

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