As part of the 2016 Heritage Open Day programme the North East Land Sea and Air Museum at Usworth near Sunderland held an open-weekend and I spotted this former Head Wrightson fire engine on display in their workshop. It looks to be under restoration and in need of a bit of TLC.
“This Leyland FK9 was supplied in 1939 as a pump escape to the Thornaby-on-Tees Municipal Borough Fire Brigade and, after service with the NFS from 1941 until 1948, it passed to the North Riding of Yorkshire Fire Brigade. Subsequently it was sold to Head Wrightson at Thornaby for their Teesdale Iron Works. It was in preservation in Hampshire and was sold at auction at the Beaulieu Motor Museum in the late 1980s. For many years it was at the Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on-Tees and passed to the Shildon Lorry Museum in 2008.”
The lorry museum closed c2009 and the fire engine passed into private hands before finding a new home at Usworth. I don’t recall ever seeing it on display at Preston Hall Museum but others may know more?
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.