05/30/15 220 W, 3 I - + 4 - 4 Louisiana Tiller Found in Western North Carolina

Would you believe an old tiller from Baton Rouge sitting in a field south of Morganton? Photographer Lee Wilson last week found this beauty behind Pilot Mountain School on Highway 64 at Baker Farm Road. That's a former school-turned-shopping center (built 1942) that's located seven miles southwest of Interstate 40.

From John Peckham's famed registry, it's a 1949 American LaFrance Type 700 aerial ladder, model 7-100-TEO, 100-foot. Registration number 9184. Order number 4181, shipped December 31, 1949.  (BRFD also received six pumpers [!] that year, also 700 series.) And obviously delivered open cab, and without the rear roof contraption.

Lee's found a bit of information about the truck. Served as Aerial 3 and Aerial 6, from Station 11 and Station 13. Retired in the 1980s. And it doesn't appear to be for sale.

Now what's the story on the twin booster reels, mounted on each side behind the turntable? We'll need reader help with that one. Add-on pump and water tanker perhaps, maybe low-pressure? For trash fires perhaps, maybe during the periods of civil unrest that gripped so many cities in the late 1960s?

See more pictures in this photo album from Lee's trip to the mountains. He visited a number of fire stations (Marion, Parkway, Banner Elk, etc.) and photographed quite a few fire trucks.

Lee Wilson photos

Now for sale on Craigslist. $8000 and it’s yours!

Legeros - 06/06/15 - 00:41

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