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Type 40 chemical car. Ex – San Bernardino, CA.

Type 40 chemical car. Ex – San Bernardino, CA.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad bought this “chemical car” as a quick response rig to attack grass fires along the train tracks near its San Bernardino, California yards.  A rig like this is designed to get to a fire in its earliest stages and get its 40...
Type 31-4 aerial truck. Ex – Danville, IL

Type 31-4 aerial truck. Ex – Danville, IL

Asa La France patented the design for this “spring assist” aerial in 1903.  Originally built to be pulled by horses, the design was adapted to motorized tractors and was manufactured until about 1940.  Because of its long wheel base it is steered from both...