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#7466 Ahrens-Fox Model N-S-2 1000 GPM Fire Engine (1928) Louwman Museum

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Ahrens-Fox Model N-S-2 1000 GPM Fire Engine (1928) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

The Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company was an Ohio-based fire truck manufacturer. Seven of these gigantic Ahrens-Fox fire engines were used by the Rotterdam Fire Brigade from 1928 to 1971. In World War II they proved their worth in tackling fires after the German bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940, thanks to their pumping capacity of almost 4000 litres per minute (1000 Gallons Per Minute). The American-made fire engines were delivered as a chassis with an engine; the Rotterdam coachbuilders Bikkers then manufactured the bodywork. The car is fitted with a six-cylinder engine with an impressive 16.4-litre capacity, and includes a cooling system using the water from the fire pump: note the tubes leading to the radiator. The large silver sphere on the front pump is a pressure reservoir. Drivers were given special training to handle the vehicle; the turning circle was 22 metres (about 72 ft). Ahrens-Fox, which produced its first fire engine in 1912, is deemed to be "the Rolls-Royce of fire engines". In 1917 an Ahrens-Fox engine of the New York Fire Brigade managed to pump water to the top of what was then the world's tallest structure: the 241-metre (792 ft) high Woolworth building.

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.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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