Horizontal double-cylinder steam fire engine, 1885.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Working model (scale 1:48) made by Thomas Coates. The maker of this engine, Merryweather and Sons Ltd, introduced the steam-powered fire engines in the mid 19th century. This engine was one of the large versions and was used on docks and other large areas of warehouse property. The delivery hose is stored in the front box, and two lengths of heavy suction hose are carried on each side of the framing. The box seat operates as a tool box and emergency fuel tank. Two coal bunkers are positioned on the footplate. Side view.