This Fire Engine or Fire Apparatus is also known as a tiller ladder, tractor-drawn aerial, or hook-and-ladder truck,
is a specialised turntable ladder mounted on a semi-trailer truck.
It has separate steering wheels for front and rear wheels.
This truck was primarily used in the United States, especially in areas with narrow streets that prevent longer rigid-bodied trucks from entering.
This MOC is modeled on one of the few surviving early Seagrave aerial ladder trucks.
This 1929 Tractor-drawn, 75-foot wooden aerial ladder.
Lettered for the Springlake Fire Department,
was restored by the Woodland/Springlake FD Support Branch,
it was on display in the California Auto Museumô's
Red Lights and Sirens Exhibit in Sacramento, CA
I had come up with the idea to build the Old Central Fire Station, and in the research for a pre-1932 pumper truck found the 1928-1930 Seagrave pumpers. I liked the look of the elliptical water tank (which became oval in LEGO), I did a lot of google searches for "1930 Seagrave", "1928 Seagrave", and "1929 Seagrave". The "1929 Seagrave" search found not only nice pumpers, but it also turn up this surviving 1929 Seagrave 75-foot Aerial Ladder Truck. I couldn't get it out of my head! So I started to design it 6 studs wide, what a nightmare!! I worked on it and worked on it, and I still wasn't happy! The front on the "Tractor" is lifted from my pumper, but to get that airy/open look of the ladder trailer, there was some work. But, most of the problems/challenges were centered on the "triple point" of the dualies, fifth wheel, and the ladder's turntable base. There are 25 pages of trial drawings of this problem in my LEGO design notebook, I just counted them. There four paths of CAD, 20+ files, some to full soultions that I just wasn't happy with. To get this level of good looking, working details in a 6 stud wide, it's hard. For 3 months I worked on this problem off and on. My brain would not let me off the "hook" (sorry!). I can very honestly say the is by far the best LEGO 6 stud wide vehicle I have ever designed! And I have certainly designed dozens.
Kurt the use of "ancient" lego windows simply adds to the feel of this moc. It has probably escaped the gaze of modern kiddies, but to incorporate a window piece from the seventies helps to date the vehicle. Not many people would contemplate using a piece that old , given the variety of today, but it worked well. A truly magnificent build, yet only a tease compared to the fire station!