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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Christie American Steam Fire Engine

Here are some images of MPC/AMT 1/12 scale Christie American steam fire engine.

From The instructions"
The Christie steam pumper was the backbone of America's fire fighting organizations prior to World War One. It was unique in that it was gas engine driven and it also employed front wheel drive. The unit served in most of the cities across the United States during the early 1900's.
The Christie was actually a modernization of the old turn of the century horse drawn steam pumpers. Walter Christie, a famed race car designer, and "Father of Front Wheel Drive Technology" designed a gas driven tractor to pull the old steam pumpers and thereby extend their useful lives. His tractor design worked so well that colorful old steam pumpers were used until well into the gasoline era.

6 comments:

Diego said...

Nice fire truck. I would like to make some regards

Warren Zoell said...

Gracias Diego. Este es uno de los equipos clásicos antiguos que cada uno debe construir al menos una vez en sus vidas.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice! I saw something similar to this (but full sized) at the National Fire Fighter's Museum in Oklahoma City.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat - I'm a bit saddened by the fact that we no longer pat that much attention to ornateness anymore.

Hanny said...

I love this one! Our fire department still has an old engine that they drive for parades. It's not as old as the Christie, but it's fun to see it and that they still keep that traditional red.

Warren Zoell said...

The Christie"s a classic.