D66/B26/W56 ATHERTON

This picture of Atherton's Steam Fire Engine dates back to c.1905.
L to R ~ Giles Gregson [Engineer], Tommy Addis [Driver] and Teddy Manley [Fire Officer]
[Copyright ~ Wigan Archives Services, Wigan Heritage Service, W.L.C.T and reproduced with permission.]

Another couple of pictures of  the steamer ~ dates unknown.
[Copyright ~ Wigan Archives Services, Wigan Heritage Service, W.L.C.T and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland FE2 Pump Escape TC1525 dating back to 1923.
[From the Bernard Ashcroft collection and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland Pump Escape TC1525 on another unknown occasion.
[From the C. Brownlow collection and reproduced with permission.]

Atherton Firemen taking part in competitions at Fleetwood in 1931.
[From the C. Brownlow collection and reproduced with permission.]

Guy TD7870 is seen leaving the old Fire Station.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A. Collier]

Guy TD7870 was in use for a wedding, judging by the ribbons, when this undated picture was taken.
[Copyright ~ Wigan Archives Services, Wigan Heritage Service, W.L.C.T and reproduced with permission.]

The Annual Bridgade Inspection at Fulwood Barracks with Dennis Light 4 FTB657 [ex-Tyldesley U.D.C.] on the right, 19 June 1953.
[From the J. Wilde collection and reproduced with permission.]

In the late 50's and early 60's the majority of Lancashire's pumping appliances were either Karriers or Commers.  Many survived until the late 1960's when Bedfords became the order of the day.  Nowadays, of course, Atherton is a single pump station, although in 2004 it received a B.A. Tender which was itself replaced by a new Operational Support Unit in early 2005.

A full line up with AFS Bedford NYR243, and Karrier Composites 25CTB as Water Tender and 410ATC as Water Tender Escape.
[Copyright picture ~ Stuart Wilkinson and reproduced with permission.]

Karrier Composite Water Tender Escape 410ATC
[Copyright picture ~ Stuart Wilkinson and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford 4x2 'Green Goddess' NYR243
[Copyright picture ~ Stuart Wilkinson and reproduced with permission.]

AFS appliances with Lancashire County on the side could be used as spare appliances as seen on NYR243
[Copyright picture ~ Stuart Wilkinson and reproduced with permission.]

The 2 Bedford KELs NTC727G & NTC726G on the staiton forecourt, 30 December 1968.
[Copyright picture ~ Satis UK and reproduced with permisison.]

Bedford KEL NTC726G on the forecourt, 30 December 1968.
[Copyright picture ~ Satis UK and reproduced with permisison.]

Bedford NTC727G was seen at Park Mill, Royton, during a 30 pump fire, 8 August1970.
[Copyright picture ~ Satis UK and reproduced with permisison.]

The Karriers were replaced in 1968 by Bedford KELs. NTC727G seen at Washington Hall in 1974.
[Copyright picture ~ Kevan Bracegirdle and reproduced with permission.]

In September 1973 the KELs were swapped with the KHs from Newton-le-Willows, and NTC727G was running from
the latter station when photogaphed.   This 'swap' caused much controversy, since the KELs could
no way match the performance of the KHs, and after a campaign which hit the local press,
the KHs returned to Newton-le-Willows and the KELs transferred to Training Centre to be replaced by a pair of Fords in February 1974.

Following on from the Bedfords came the first Fords including D1114 STJ922M.
[Copyright picture ~ D. Barker-Brown and reproduced with permission.]

Ford OVU846R was seen against the familiar backdrop of Ena Mill.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

Like its sister machine at Hindley, Leyland G417RJA also carried different beacons at different times.
[Copyright picture ~ A. Kent and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland G417RJA with the more traditional beacons was seen at a majore fire in Bolton.
[Copyright picture ~ Aidan Anderson and reproduced with permission.]

Former Atherton Volvo P997JRJ was seen at Bolton North Fire Station, 17 June 2005.

 Volvo PN05EHE was seen in Farnworth, 14 September 2013.

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