202 Godiva fire pump trailer



from wikipedia:

The fire pump was developed by Coventry Climax in the late 1930s, and was referred to as the Coventry Climax fire pump, the name Godiva appears in 1940, and may have its origins in the steam pump operated by Coventry Fire Brigade named “Godiva”. This was the second such engine operated by Coventry Fire Brigade and was christened at a well attended ceremony in 1889 (the first was “Sherborne” made in 1872). It was remembered in the Coventry papers on its 50th anniversary – in 1939.[7]

By 1938 large numbers of the Coventry trailer pumps were being purchased by fire brigades, and demonstrated to ARP staff and members of the Auxiliary Fire Service. The “Coventry Climax trailer pump” was described as being capable of delivering 250–300 imperial gallons per minute (1,100–1,400 L/min). “A complete, self-contained unit, with a powerful petrol-driven engine, it is towed behind a lorry and will be on patrol through the streets in the event of an air raid”.[8]

In January 1940 they claimed they were the “World’s largest producer of trailer fire engines” with over 6000 ordered by H.M.Government. As well as supplying the Fire Service and the AFS, hundreds had been supplied to foreign governments and major companies.[9] Two models were listed, the smaller 120/220GPM model claimed 140 imperial gallons per minute (640 L/min) at 100 psi (690 kPa) with a ten-foot (three-metre) lift, the larger model was the 500GPM claiming 520 imp gal/min (2,400 L/min) at 100 psi (690 kPa) with a 10 ft (3 m) lift. In addition to the large numbers bought by the Ministry of Defence during WW2, the fire pumps were also exported to the United States and used to fight forest fires.

One of the most unusual spin-offs from post war fire pump development were race car engines. After the war the Government asked Coventry Climax to develop a portable self-contained pump unit capable of delivering 350 gallons per minute. The new power unit designed for this pump unit was such a successful combination of light weight and high power that it formed the basis for a line of race car engines. The portable pump unit created in 1950 was named the “feather weight pump” (FWP).[10] The lightweight aluminium engine of 1,020 cm3 (62 cu in) featured an overhead camshaft and produced 38 bhp (28 kW). Three years after the FWP came out, the pump engine had been adapted for car racing use. The first racing engines had designations FWA, and were to be an outstanding success. Main article : Coventry Climax

In the post war period the pumps found a role in the cold war civil defence preparations, with the portable Godiva pump units being carried in vehicles called “The Green Goddess“. These were pump vehicles extensively used by the auxiliary fire service during the cold war and called upon to relieve the firemen’s strikes in the 1970s and 1980s. The portable pumps later became diesel powered, and trailer mounted versions were also available. It is this that I have made. the pump can be used unmounted and carried by handles. Other similar trailers are aslso available such as 161 the Dennis generator trailer.

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