New Fire Engine Shed
Last year we took delivery of a horse drawn steam fire engine, on long term loan from the London Fire Brigade Museum at Southwark. This engine though supplied new to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade around 1860 was quickly sold to the the Southwark & Vauxhall Water Works Co, who used it for emergency pumping in the streets of London, where mains had ruptured or burst, flooding nearby property. Eventually it was also used as part of a special water works fire brigade based at Hampton Works.
This engine needs to be housed in appropriate accommodation close to where it will be displayed.
Our plan is to refurbish the existing locomotive shed and convert it to house the Fire Engine. The fire engine will be displayed working at the base of the Museum's standpipe tower during the summer months and will also travel regularly to other sites, exhibitions and public events.
The fire engine is being formally launched to the public on Sunday 20th May 2012 at Kew Bridge Steam Museum's Historic Fire Engine Rally.