Diamond T City Service Ladder 1941 by Autocult
A long Life of Firefighting
It is not a phenomenon of our time
that public authorities have to safe money. This credo was and is not only
valid in this country, but was also practiced in the USA in the 1930s, as the
following example shows: In March 1941, the chassis of the fire-fighting
vehicle of the ‘Hamden Fire Department’ was damaged in such a way that the
truck could no longer be used. The fire engine based on a Diamond T truck and
was already 15 years old at that time, but it was not replaced by a new one.
The decision was made to repair it! Since fire departments are under the
control of the city government in the USA, the sum of exactly 1,234.85 US
dollars was provided out of the city’s budget – just as much as the purchase of
an intact chassis required. The fire fighters themselves lend a hand,
dismantled the bodywork and fitted it to the new chassis. This may not have
been an easy task, since the damaged substructure dated back to 1926 and the
newly purchased chassis was from 1941.
Finally in 1958 the ‘Hamden Fire
Department’ got a new fire truck. From that moment on the venerable fire truck
had completed its “active” service after more than 30 years and served as a
spare parts source until it was sold in 1963. However the truck did not pass
into private hands, but to the ‘New Milford Fire Department’.
Which company once produced the
special bodywork of the firetruck in 1926 was lost over the decades. It is also
quite possible that the fire engine body was built in the Diamond T plant
itself. The truck company, founded in Chicago in 1905, offered its customers
the opportunity to realize individual bodywork, especially for fire
departments, for its chassis.
|Description: ||Diamond T City Service Ladder 1941 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC12012 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1941 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||January 2021 |
|Weight: ||1000 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces. |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.