According to Wonkypedia, all the Green Goddesses have been disposed of but the government have power to take over fire service appliances in the event of future strikes.
One query, can anyone explain why security vehicles have a sign on back reading something like "POLICE PLEASE FOLLOW ME"? If seems completely pointless, they are not going to follow every security vehicle with sign. I could understand if there was a flashing light or something and it said to follow when the light flashing. Perhaps there is some secret signal they make when requiring assistance but then why have the sign?
Always puzzled me and passed one this morning - no light of police cars following it.
Saw the Green Goddesses in action in Central London in 1977 during the fireman's strike. They seemed to cope okay but obviously lacked the slick co-ordination that an experienced fire crew managed. Had bells, two tone and blue light with blue flashing stud lights.I assume the sandy coloured hoses used the same coupling as the LFB?
Are there still red protection duty police cars? They were the only permanently armed police as far as I recall and indeed one of there number shot an armed robber in Eltham back in the seventies. Did they take their weapons home in those days?
A friend was in another armed part of the police. They were supposed to put their guns in a police or military armoury every night. They didn't of course, they were working long hours, moving around so the last they wanted to do at the end of a long day was drive even more to get to an armoury.
TerryClark wrote: Steam Trains in Old Amersham would be a novelty; the railway line is a mile away up the hill in Amersham on the Hill (I come from nearby Chesham pronounced 'Chess - am'; the town on the river Chess, the 'h' being silient). Having said that, the area is a mecca for steam traction engines.
Yes it would be quite odd to see a Steam train in Old Amersham. I of course meant Steam engines, but realised too late to change it. Regards Chess-am, my neighbour moved from there a while ago, and I have been delivering there for years...Griffetts yard, and I used to reverse a large truck down there. plus many others places....