#7058 Thirion Modèle No.2 Horse-drawn Steam Fire Engine (1875) Louwman Museum
Thirion Modèle No.2 Horse-drawn Steam Fire Engine (1875) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
It must have been a fantastic sight, two white horses galloping through the streets of Paris, hauling this fire engine. Of course the horses were un-harnessed as soon as the engine arrived at the scene. The reach of the water spray was 25 metres (about 82 ft). Nevertheless, the steam pump was a great improvement on the hand-operated pump that was still frequently in use in the mid-19th century. However, the boiler has to be pressurized first before extinguishing could be started. It was thanks to the Dutch landscape painter and inventor 'Jan van der Heyden' that fire fighting in the mid-17th century was raised to a higher level of efficiency when he improved the fire hose and the pump system. The first steam-driven water pump was built in England around 1830. The Parisian firm Thirion et Fils introduced the steam-driven pump in France in 1867.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.