12 MORECAMBE

The end of an era.  This picture shows Morecambe's old fire station in the last hour
before it closed on 15 April 2003.

Leyland TL DTB152 dating back to 1938 remained until 1961.
It saw further service on the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool.
[Picture courtesy MF&RS and reproduced with permission.]

More recently DTB152 has gone on permanent display in Leyland.  It was seen 10 June 2014.

Bedford QL GYR786 was originally stationed here, prior to moving into preservation.
[Copyright picture ~ K. F. Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford QL GYR786 was seen in Heywood, 3 August 2014.

AFS Green Goddess pump NYR 760 at Morecambe.
[From the W. Jopson collection and reproduced with permission.]

Morecambe was the only station in 'A' Division to be allocated a pair of Karriers, 26CTB & 32CTB.
It is believed that 32CTB was written off.  26CTB was seen in the yard at Stretford whilst in the reserve fleet, 1 November 1970.
[Copyright picture ~ Satis and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford J4 water tender 537UTF was seen on the station forecourt.
[Copyright picture ~ Ian Moore and reproduced with permission.]

Operating as water tender escape was sister appliance 538UTF.
[Copyright picture ~ Ian Moore and reproduced with permission.]

This picture is included as it was rare for appliances from the north of the county to be used as reserve in the south.
It was operating as E751 from Farnworth when seen 29 April 1973.
[Copyright picture ~ K. Howarth and reproduced with permission.]

This picture clearly illustrates how dilapidated 537UTF was looking when collected for preservation.
[Copyright picture ~ N. Glover and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford J4 537UTF was seen at Preston Hall, Cleveland, 26 June 2005.
It had been with its current owners for just 3 days, and was in need of extensive restoration.
I hope to bring updated pictures of this machine in the future as work progresses.

Twelve months on and some progress has been made with restoration.
 However, sadly, the blue light has been mounted in the wrong place, as it carried the beacon on top of the offside bell bracket.
It was seen again at Preston Hall, 24 June 2006.
[Copyright picture ~ Barrie Green and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford J4 537UTF is improving year on year.
It was seen in glorious sunshine at an otherwise exceedingly wet Preston Hall, 24 June 2007.
[Copyright picture ~ K. Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]

Originally based at Morecambe, from April 1974 7PTB became a GMC appliance.
[Copyright picture ~ W. Potter and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford TK Emergency Tender DTD808B was allocated here prior to moving down the road to Lancaster where it was photographed.
[Copyright photograph Neil Green ~ courtesy Simon Rowley, FireFotos Archive.]

Although initially allocated to Stretford, BTB292E remained with Lancashire County after 1974.
It was seen at Morecambe Fire Station 9 August 1986.
[Copyright picture ~ D. Barker-Brown and reproduced with permission.]

Escape Platform UTE950L was photographed in the station at Morecambe.
It subsequently moved to Fleetwood where further pictures can be found.
[NP collection ~ courtesy A Collier]

This picture shows UTE950L in use at an incident at Nairn Williamson in Lancaster.
[Copyright picture ~ N. Glover and reproduced with permission.]

Ford D1014 STB442L had joined the ranks of reserve appliances when photographed here.
[Copyright picture ~ K.F.Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford KG VFV734V was pictued in the station yard.
[Copyright picture ~ D. Barker-Brown and reproduced with permission.]

Bedford VFV734V was seen here hard at work at an incident the rear of Granville Road, Morecambe.
[Copyright picture ~ N. Glover and reproduced with permission.]

Dodge G1613 TL NCK935X was seen in the station yard.
[Copyright picture ~ D. Barker-Brown and reproduced with permission.]

 Leyland Freighter E120HCW began life here and was seen at the Fire Service College, 8 September 2007.

The second generation of Leyland Freighters here H147WCK & H148WCK were the first ones to have Emergency One Bodywork.
[Copyright picture ~ D. Barker-Brown and reproduced with permission.]

 DAF55 Y542XEO was seen at Washington Hall, 12 February 2011.

IRU039 DG53FXM was based here from 2004-2016.  It was seen at Chorley after withdrawal, 6 February 2016.

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