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Fire Engine Photos
"Old 93" NYC Fire Museum
This is another exhibit at the NYC Fire Museum. This particular piece is a 1912 steamer. Steam does not provide the propulsion, however. The propulsion is provided by a 1912 gasoline-powered Van Blerck Tractor. These pieces were common around the turn of the century, when the gasoline engine made its debut. Many fire departments, the FDNY included, made these hybrids out of concerns over the reliability of the gasoline engine in contrast to the well-proven reliability of the steam engine.
This photo was taken on 9th January 2014.
Picture added on 26 January 2014 at 08:47