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Early American Lafrance Pumpers

Many readers have taken an interest in this early engine. We were fortunate to find a similar (but not identical) example at the American (FASNY) Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, NY. That engine came from Whitesboro.

Below are a series of photograph of that engine. Ours would have looked very similar except for a water tank replacing part of the hosebed.

1924 Lafrance Pumper This truck is Saint Remy's 1924 American Lafrance Pumper.
Note the right-hand drive.
American LaFrance did not offer left-hand drive until 1929.
Although it's not viaible in the photograph, this was a chain drive pumper.

American Museum of Firefighting's 1926 American Lafrance Chemical Engine

Front View
Front View

Note the crank starter.
Front Quarter View
Left Quarter View
Pump Side
Right Side View with

Pump panel, booster
reel and chemical tank.
Tail Step
The Tailstep
Rear Right Quarter
Left Rear Quarter View
The Pump
All of the Gauges
Siren Spotlight Right hand drive
Siren, Spotlight and

Right hand drive.
Chain Drive
The massive chain that
drove the rear wheels.

The links are about one
inch across and a similar

This page is maintained by Karl Wick and SRFD (e-mail to: kwickREMOVE@MEhvc.rr.com)
Created Friday March 27, 2010.  Photos and content are Copyright © 2010 Karl R. Wick All rights reserved.