DENNIS Fire Engines in preservation



FA1075 and E2152 worked together at the Bass brewery for over 40 years from 1921. In 1963 they were abandoned to Langley Mill commercial vehicle breakers but were saved before being cut up. They then went their separate ways and now for the first time in 50 years they are back together again.



There has been a period of rapid expansion in the fleet this year. The first to arrive was VVC898 the ex-Coventry F12 Emergency Tender / Control Unit. In need of a great deal of work after a disastrous 'restoration'.

Next to follow was the magnificent 1913 Merryweather from the dispersal sale of the Michael Banfield collection. This machine served alongside my Dennis FA1075 at the Bass Brewery for 40 years.

From the same source came the 1914 Dennis 'N' Type AR5232. This is a very unusual lightweight Dennis.

Two Merryweather trailer pumps also joined the team. These have 3 cylinder piston pumps rather than a turbine as favoured by Dennis. Piston pumps need pressure vessels to damp out the pulsations.

Finally just to prove you don't have to be shiny and red to join the team, the only known surviving example of a 60HP WW1 type Dennis Trench Pump headed north.


E-2152 1913 Merryweather 'Hatfield Pump
AR5232 1914 Dennis 'N' Type Pump
ED810 1914 Dennis 'N' Type Pump
SN1549 1920 Dennis 'N' Type Pump
BH0500 1920 Dennis 'N' Type Pump
FA1075 1921 Dennis 'N' Type Pump Escape
N/A 1923 Dennis Trailer Pump No.2 Pump
NKR31525 1927 Dennis Ajax Pump
FA4067 1930 Dennis Low Load 60/70HP Pump Escape
JD1490 1931 Dennis BIg 6 Pump Escape
BPB644 1931 Dennis Big 4 Pump Escape
FP3564 1938 Dennis Light 4 Pump Escape
EUP313 1941 Dennis Light 4 New World Pump
GXA95 1944 Dennis Merryweather 100' TL Turn Table Ladder
OZ9607 1954 Dennis F17 Metz 125' TLP Turn Table Ladder
EJV955 1954 Dennis F17 Metz 100' TL Turn Table Ladder
DSN175 1953 Dennis F8 Pump
999MHN 1960 Leyland Firemaster Magirus 100' TL Turn Table Ladder
EBB783C 1965 Dennis F107 Emergency Tender Heavy ET
GDY99F 1967 AEC Merryweather Merryweather 100' TL Turn Table Ladder
DHN999J 1970 Dennis F108 Maxim/Holmes 750 Heavy Rescue Tender
SBB564M 1974 Dennis F109 Water Tender Water Tender
SPY762R 1977 Dennis R130 'R' Series Water Tender
FGR281S 1977 Dennis F60 Emergency Tender Heavy ET
RTN144S 1977 Dennis F123 Delta Magirus 100' TL Turntable Ladder
STY31S 1978 Dennis F131 Water Tender Water Tender
ETN909W 1980 Shelvoke SPV Emergency Tender Heavy ET
EBB846W 1980 Dennis Dominator Incident Command Unit
EBB847W 1980 Shelvoke SPV Foam Tender Foam Tender
B759GCN 1982 Dennis SS131 Water Tender Fire Boat Transporter
D785XRG 1984 Dennis SS131 Water Tender Water Tender


REBUILDING A WATER PUMP - The secrets of the engine water pump on NKR31525 are revealed
ON THE STREETS OF BELFAST - Looking back at the life of OZ9607 in troubled Belfast
GYWNNE TURBINE PUMP - Performance and operating details
THE RESTORATION OF JD1490 - A pictorial record of new life being breathed into am old engine
THE PURCHASE AND RUNNING OF SN1459 - Extracts from the minutes of Helensburgh Town Council
DOWNLOADS - Manuals, sales brochures, advertisments for early Dennis Fire Engines


Tracing the History of your Dennis Appliance

Following the closure of the Dennis Woodbridge Hill factory in 1991 all the factory archives were transferred to the Surrey History Centre.

Surrey History Centre - Dennis Archive

The factory meticulously recorded all of their appliance production and original factory photographs exist for many appliances.  Many of the Dennis drawings and photographs have now been catalogued by the Surrey History Centre. The catalogues may be downloaded by using the following link.

The new Dennis factory is still in Guildford on the Slyfield Industrial Estate.

 I am grateful to the Surrey History Centre and Alexander-Dennis for permission to reproduce images from their archive. These images are the copyright of Alexander-Dennis

For further information relating to this  Northern Collection of Dennis Fire Engines please email;