Antique Engines To Go On Display

A TRIO of antique fire engines - one of which dates back to 1735 - are to be moved from storage at Ely Fire Station to go on display at a local museum.

A TRIO of antique fire engines - one of which dates back to 1735 - are to be moved from storage at Ely Fire Station to go on display at a local museum.

The three engines have been in storage in Ely since ???? but busy crews at the station can no longer find room for them and are keen to see them displayed for the people of the district to enjoy.

The City of Ely Council were called in to ask local museums if they would like to display the engines and several came forward to offer help, including Ely Museum and the Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum.

Brett Mills, watch manager at Ely Fire Station said: ““


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The engines, all of which have seen active service, demonstrate the changing face of the fire service over the decades and range from steam to hand powered.

The eldest of the three engines, discovered in a garage in Fulbourn, started out life with wooden wheels and would have required its 18th century firefighters to use pedal power to pump the water.

Other models stored at the fire station, are smaller than a modern car and feature ???? ?????

Tracey Coulson from the City of Ely Council, said: “Both the council and the fire service were quite keen that the engines were kept in Ely and we are currently talking with interested parties to see if they can be stored locally.

“I cannot say for definite at this stage where they will be kept but the drainage museum in Prickwillow were very interested in storing the engines.”

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