1936 Leyland Metz Fire Engine

Photographed at Australia's National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia

Originally built to be exported from England to South Australia, the outbreak of War in Europe saw this magnificent Metz Fire Appliance being commandeered by the London Fire Services.

South Australia also had an urgent need (their existing appliance had been scrapped!) and so petitioned the British Government for it to be released.

The petition was successful and the big Leyland eventually made it's way to Adelaide!

If you're interested, here's the story of the other fire engine!


The Rotating 39 Meter ladder was used as a test for new recruits! They were sent to the top and if they became dizzy they were sent on their way to seek another career!

Here are some pictures of the big Leyland.

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Comments (7)

  • That's a great looking example!

      1 year ago
  • Keep these images of items in this museum going. Looks a really interesting museum.

      1 year ago
    • Thanks Ben.. I'm almost run out, but I'll be up there again shortly..

        1 year ago
    • It's very similar to a museum we have in Coventry in central England. The Coventry transport museum has a mixture of cars, motorbikes, bicycles, buses, trucks, tractors and the thrust land speed record cars.

        1 year ago


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