05/14/12 116 W, 2 I - + 3 - 5 Vintage Benson Beauties

As photographed by Lee Wilson at Saturday's open house at the Benson Fire Department. Top is a 1950 Ford/Howe. Love the lines on that one and the overhead ladder rack. (Wake Forest had a similar style rig in that era.) Bottom is an early 1900s horse-drawn, gas-powered pumper. That one was recently returned to the fire department and has been undergoing restoration. See prior posting from 2010. The engine dates to 1907, though that might be an approximate year. Here's a history page of mine with a photo of the engine operating circa 1907. Our readers to the south can perhaps add more information. See more photos from the Open House.


Lee Wilson photos

The Tripp Lite beacon on the Benson pumper is unique. I have not seen but a small number around these parts. Most from that era had the mechanical siren-light combinations.
DJ - 05/14/12 - 09:45

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