D62/A13/W61 ECCLES

The wheel comes almost full circle.  In Lancashire County days, Eccles was station D62, subsequently changing to A13 under Greater Manchester.  In the latest structure it is W61, with neighbouring Irlam becoming W62 (the former Lancashire Station D61!)

The old Fire Station was also situated on Liverpool Road, Patricroft,
but about 1/4 mile west of the present building on the opposite side of the road.
This photograph dates back to c.1971

Keith Howarth writes: In 1873 the Protector Lamp and Lighting Company was formed in Eccles, best known as a producer of miners safety lamps.
On a Bijou car chassis with a 7hp engine, they produced what is claimed to be the first motor driven fire engine in England.
Delivered in 1901 to Eccles Borough Fire Brigade and in fact was a named machine `F Smith` the Mayor, carrying a crew of five plus driver.
[Copyright picture ~ A. Allison Collection and reproduced with permission.]

Eccles No3. Leyland FT1 Pump Escape TJ2585
[Pictures courtesy MF&RS and reproduced with permission.]

 Leyland FT2 TJ7746 dating back to 1935, was seen at Stretford in Lancashire County days.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A. Collier]

Bedford S Foam Tender 439GTC was transferred to Eccles 1 July 1970 slightly before this picture was taken.
(See also Stretford page)
[Copyright picture ~ Ian Moore and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford J4 3544TD was pictured in the station yard shortly before it was replaced.
[Copyright picture ~ Ian Moore and reproduced with permission.]

Originally based at Agecroft, ERF HP FTJ410F moved here for 15 months beginning in June 1970.
[Picture courtesy MF&RS and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford Emergency Tender HTE554F was also seen in the station yard.
[Additional picture on the Stretford page]
[Copyright picture ~ Ian Moore and reproduced with permission.]

The 'full line-up' at Eccles in Lancashire County days, summer 1973.
[Copyright picture Dave Knowles and reproduced with permission.]

BTD719J was the second HP delivered to Lancashire County, the first one being allocated
to station E74 Agecroft, which although in a different division was actually an adjoining station ground.
It was seen in the yard at Stretford Fire Station adjacent to the aforementioned vehicle from Agecroft.
[Copyright picture ~ R. Simpson and reproduced with permission.]

In this picture, BTD719J was seen adjacent to the Grand Union Canal near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
[Copyright picture ~ N. Glover and reproduced with permission.]

Part of the line up above was Ford LTC404K
[Copyright picture ~ R. Simpson and reproduced with permission.]

Foam Tender LTC740K was seen on the last day in service with Lancashire County Fire Brigade, 31 March 1974.
[Copyright pictures ~ K. Howarth and reproduced with permission.]

Ford Foam Tender LTC740K with GMFS at Worsley Workshops, 29 March 1976.
[Copyright picture ~ K. Howarth and reproduced with permission.]

Later in 1976 LTC740K was involved in a roll-over accident near Manchester Airport.  It was seen here at Worsley Workshops in December 1976.
[Copyright picture ~ K. Howarth and reprodiced with permission.]

The damaged Foam Tender LTC740K had been restored to former glory by April 1977.
[Copyright picture ~ K. Howarth and reproduced with permission.]

Though never officially allocated, Ford HPV WTF85L was on the run here for a short time when new before going to Accrington.
It was seen at a mill fire in Hollinwood, near Oldham, 5 June 1973.
[Copyright picture ~ Satis UK and reproduced with permisison.]

Originally built as a L4P for Mossley, Range Rover PTJ698M moved here after conversion to a Light Rescue Vehicle.
[Copyright picture ~ T. Davies and reproduced with permission]

Following on from the Lancashire Fords, another pair URJ784S and URJ785S was allocated here.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

Back in the days when GMC ran dedicated ET's, WBA545S was allocated to Eccles
[NP collection ~ courtesy A Collier]

Land Rover FVR56Y was one of two used as Light Rescue Vehicles.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A Collier]

Dennis SS YBU912Y was seen awaiting entry to Worsley Workshops.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A. Collier.]

For a time Eccles had two Dennis SS appliances from different batches, of which ADB194Y was the slightly later one.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

Dodge EST B645UDB carried an incorrect registration plate when this picture was taken.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

EST B645UDB with its correct number plate was seen in the yard at Eccles.
[Copyright picture ~ the Ian Moore collection and reproduced with permission.]

As a former Lancashire County station there has always been a varitey of makes of appliances here
with E192WNA being the first Water Ladder from the Renault-Dodge stable.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

Paired with the above was E193WNA seen in the station yard.
[Copyright picture ~ the late Alan Gartside and reproduced with permission.]

Renault-Dodge E193WNA saw further service with Chrodia Chemicals at Cramlington where it was photographed 17 September 1994.
[Copyright picture ~ D Cruickshank and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland-Daf K203VVU seen at Worsley Workshops when new.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A Collier]

Sister appliance K204VVU was also pictured when brand new.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A. Collier.]

Reserve Leyland-Daf K204VVU was seen on relief duties following a 22 pump fire in Trafford Park, 2 September 2002.
Note how the livery had changed somewhat from the original above.

Since leaving GMC K204VVU has been used as a 'limo' and was seen just off Covent Garden, London, summer 2007.
[Copyright picture ~ P. Measday and reproduced with permission.]

 EST L978ENC or L980ENC showed GMC999 at an exhibiton.
[Copyright picture ~ K. F. Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]

Emergency Salvage Tender L978ENC was seen at the 22 pump incident on Trafford Park, 2 September 2002.

Volvo V477EBA was seen at an incident on Irlam Moss, 15 April 2007.

Volvo FL6 V478EBA began life at Eccles before being transferred to Blackley in Spring 2005.
With the arrival of the new Volvos at Blackley in autumn 2005, it joined the reserve fleet.

Peugeot-Talbot 4x4 LFA M317NVU towed the IRB illustrated below.
Both were seen in the station yard, 27 August 2005.

More recently M317NVU was seen in Loughborough, Leicestershire, 9 May 2011
[Copyright pcitures S. Brandist and reproduced with permission.]

Volvo PN57AOX was seen at a major fire in Trafford Park, 7 October 2015.

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