Excelsior Engine Company was formed in 1919. Their first piece of equipment was a 3rd class steamer. Fred & Maude pulled this steamer for about three years, when the company purchased a Christie tractor engine. This setup served the volunteers for about a year, when they purchased their first fire engine. It was a 1924 American LaFrance 750gpm pumper. By the end of the Second World War, the old engine was worn out, and the company once again contacted American LaFrance and in 1947 a beautiful bright red 700 series engine arrived in Ticlaw.
Today, the Excelsior Company operates two main engines, a mini pumper and they recently took delivery of their 2011 American LaFrance Heavy Rescue apparatus.
Pictures here is the crew and their apparatus, ready to assist the City of Ticlaw in and emergency they are called to...
Engine #1 is a 2002 RNT Engine. It has a 1,250gpm pump and 300gal tank. It also has attack hose, main line hose, hard suck hose, and various emergency tools.
Engine #2 is a 1974 Mack CF engine. This engine was purchased new by the members of Friendship Hook and Ladder Company. When they purchased their new aerial in 2002, they sold the engine to the minifigs at Excelsior Company. Though older, it has seen a refurb of its engine, transmission and pump in recent years.
Engine #3 is a 2011 Ford Chassis equipped with a small pump and tank to respond to nuisance fires.
Here is the 2011 American LaFrance Rescue truck. This heavy rescue is the first of its kind in the city. The rescue truck arrived only one week before Christmas, and has was put right into use only days later with a MVA on the Highway. The minifigs of the Excelsior Company are certainly pleased with their new rescue truck.
I just finished the decals at 4am this morning and have been working on the backgrounds images. I hope they turned out ok. Overall I am pleased with this departments apparatus. For those wondering, the 1992 RNT was my second 6 wide truck built in 2000. I named it in honor of my three boys, Robert, Nathan & Thomas, hence RNT. At one point I had planned to create the RNT Fire Mfg., and built LEGO fire trucks under that name....
I love these, very realistic looking. (I've tried building fire trucks before, but they never turn out like this.) The masking is not bad for the thumbnail size, on the large images it's a bit more visible, but it's ok. I think if you didn't point it out, some people would never notice it :-)