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The new steam fire engine for tho Borough of Ashburton, which arrived oa Monday evening, was unpacked yesterday aud taken to the Brigade Station la Burnett sreet. It is a vertical engine of the London Brigade pattern, ani It may be mentioned as a proof of the estimation m whioh these engines ere held that thirty out of the forty-six land steam fire engines belooghg to the Metronolltea (London) Fire Brigade are of this type, ihe manufacturers are Sband, Maeoo, and Co. whose engines approximate as marly as possible m travelling end carrying arrangements to the well-known manual engines of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. The Aahbnrton engine, which Is made of the •■ B " sze, is made with strong wrought iron framing, mounted on steel spring!, with patent mail-coach axles, and high wood-spoke wheels for rapid travelling, ifili forelocking carriage ift of wrought iron,' with pole and fittings for horses, and them is a box for hose and implements, with driving seat and footboard made of wall* seasoned mahogany, fitted to the from* m front of the boiler, and forming aeati for the firemen m travel ling. The euotiog pipes are carried on each side, and ft bunker is provided for fuel, bo that all tho requisites for putting the engine to work' a-e carried by it. When travelling to a fire the engineer stands on the baok footboard and, as previously stated* seating accommodation is provided for tha firemen. The steam oylinder, slide valvo, and fittings are the same as used In thi amplest form of the r rdrmrj itesm eDgine, tbe pump is connected to tha steam cylinder by a rigd gun-metal casting, while tbe steam and water pistons ore joined by inflexible ateelroda, the crank being also of steel with suitable connecting rod. The pump ia entirely of gun*metal, with delivery and suction air vessels of copper, and the valve* so arranged that instant aeeesa eon bo obtained to them. The steam, exhaust, and other pipes are of copper, with .gunmetal connections. Tha trailer ia supplied with a gun-metal feed pnmp, forming part of the engine. An Injector is alaS fitted to serve oa a duplicate ia esse of ' need, both the injeotor and the puma being arranged with the necessary fitting* to use the water passing through 15» engine hose pipes or any other aupasly* The oapaoity of the engine is 260 gaSoag a minute. Most probably a trial will bo held OB Friday,

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THE STEAM FIRE ENGINE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2131, 22 May 1889

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THE STEAM FIRE ENGINE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2131, 22 May 1889

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