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Raising of the … Dennis-Merryweather turntable ladder

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Last week saw the turntable ladder on the Dennis-Merryweather TL fire engine raised inside the Museum of Transport for the very first time. We needed to test the ladder prior to its move to the Riverside Museum where it’ll be displayed in a much more dynamic way.

During its working life with the Glasgow Fire Service, the engine’s motor would have whisked the ladder up at high speed. Attached to the top of the ladder would be the belt man, whose job was to operate the hose and direct the jet of water onto the fire below.

Without the need to save lives, we took our time – several hours! – erecting the ladder. We had to raise the ladder slowly by hand – about o.5° in five minutes! It was extremely slow to say the least, and we all have the blisters to prove it.

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Written by Rebecca Jackson

November 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

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