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No: 25696   Contributor: Steve King   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Dodge   Country: United Kingdom
Somerset Dodge

Dodge K1113 CFE WrT Wells
Picture added on 26 October 2010 at 17:37
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This ones actually the WrL.

Added by George A'court on 26 October 2010.
Yes apologies it is the WrL as soon as I sent I realised my mistake.(old age)

Added by Somerset Steve on 26 October 2010.
What body is this?

Added by Simon woods on 27 October 2010.
CFE....Cheshire Fire Engineering. Think they eventually became Saxon.

Added by Kyle on 27 October 2010.
Simon CFE Bodied this one, CYB 12S Wrt Porlock,
CYB 13S WrL Wells, CYB 14S WrT Wells.

Added by Somerset Steve on 27 October 2010.
These were lovely machines, reliable and gave the Somerset brigade 14 years front line service at Wells. Unfortunately they were shipped abroad Romainia (i think)once the brigade has finished with them.

Added by Paul Pickford on 28 October 2010.
When CFE ceased trading, two companies rose from the debris. As Kyle mentioned Saxon was one, however other key staff from CFE linked in with Brian Mountain to create Mountain Range Ltd who based themselves not a million miles away at Crewe. I stand to be corrected but when Mountain Range subsequently ceased trading some years later, some of the ex-CFE and then ex-Mountain Range personnel established CBK, later known as Excaliber. Again I stand to be corrected but I believe the initials "CBK" were the first letters from the surnames of the three main players who set up the new company.

Added by Keith Richardson on 28 October 2010.
Thank you very much for the information.I think the HCB Angus bodies looked better.

Added by Simon Woods on 28 October 2010.
Somerset tried three different bodies on their Dodge K's. The first batch had carmichael bodies and the crew sat facing backwards, in the same year they then took delivery of three with HCB Angus bodies and three with CFE bodies. I think the CFE ones were better inside because the cab was more open between the front and rear whereas the HCB angus ones were more enclosed.

Added by Paul Pickford on 29 October 2010.
Paul are you aware of the skittles match that took place between Glastonbury and Wells regarding who got the CFEs or the HCBs.

Added by Steve King on 29 October 2010.
Steve that famous skittles match and I beieve Gerry Lester was the last man on for Wells who need a spare to win the new CFE's... the rest as they say is history. I think somewhere I still have the cuttings from the local paper. Of course Wells ran one of the Hcb Angus machines for a few months alongside the Dennis as did Glastonbury. I had the pleasure of having a ride in one of the Glastonbury Dodges as a young boy when they were taking it out for driver familiarisation when it was new. We went down on the moors and they had a little blue light run as well. I think thats where my fondness for the Dennis F28 comes from as I can remember the Dodge in the Glastonbury old station alongside the Dennis WRT 24LYD on that day. Happy days.

Added by Paul Pickford on 30 October 2010.
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