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Austin K2 ATV Plaistow fire station London
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No: 21455   Contributor: Petros   Year: 1987   Manufacturer: Austin   Country: United Kingdom
Austin K2 ATV Plaistow fire station London

1987 Plaistow FS open day. This former West Ham fire brigade station opened 1931 is due to be redeveloped in 2013/14 as part of the latest London FB private finance initiative (PFI) scheme. Historic WHFB plaques will be safeguarded.
Picture added on 14 January 2010 at 10:57
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Any idea of the reg number?

Added by Bill on 15 January 2010.
Bill,

It's GLC 793. I took a photo of her too in January 1985. I think the owner Londonized it, but I didn't see her again after a re visit, believed it was owned by one of the fireman.

Petros will the station be replace?

Added by Fire995 on 16 January 2010.
the PFI credits have now been secured by LFB despite the change of government so the rebuilding of Plaistow will go ahead over the next 2-3 years. The last operational West Ham FB station will then disappear.

Added by Peter Williams on 05 February 2011.
Hi, GLC 798 was owned by the Blue watch at Plastow Fire Station, They used it and took it to Shows and like all thing in the fire service , people moved on or retired, and in 1996, I brought it from the owners and rallied it untill 2001, Its stood in a barn since then but I hope to get it back on the road this year. Its still in LCC livery it runs but needs brakes sorting out, Its living in Essex I hope this was of help.

Added by Peter Brown on 04 May 2011.
K2s often need the brakes sorting out especially the back ones. No wonder Austin changed the design about 1946. This will date from c Oct-Nov 1941

Added by Neal Glover on 04 May 2011.
Stainless steel pistons & silicone brake fluid in 2005 and still no problems (K2 GLW 473)

Added by Peter McCombie on 05 May 2011.
The reg no is GLC 793 not 798 as posted by P.Brown.

Added by KB on 28 March 2012.
Hi Kevin Sorry my mistake on the reg number, just got to take for a test drive, then back on the road. New Brakes and a paint up still running well at the moment.

Added by Peter Brown on 20 April 2012.
Can we have an update on GLC793.

Added by Peter Williams on 14 March 2017.
Does anyone know how many of these K2 ATVs were built?

When I was growing up in the 1950s it seemed every fire station had one, either still towing a trailer pump, or adapted as a foam tender, BA tender, emergency tender, service van or just a station runabout.

Added by Rob Johnson on 26 May 2017.
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