JD1490 (shown above on Brighton Sea Front in the late 60's in the hands of Mr. Stanbridge of Haywards Heath) is a Dennis Big 6 manufactured in 1931. It is powered by a Dennis (White and Poppe) six cylinder petrol engine rated at 45hp with a bore and stroke of 110 x 140mm. A Dennis number 3, 900gpm pump is centre mounted, although this was customer choice with rear mounting an option. The following photographs is reproduced from the Newham Council local history collection courtesy of Peter Williams.  Notice the Dennis 'N' Type on solid tyres behind JD1490. After the war JD1490 was transferred to Stratford Fire Station (36C13) and by 1948 it appears that it was no longer with London Fire Brigade.

The Dennis factory photograph of JD1490 shows quite clearly the grain in the varnished wood body. This picture is slightly unusual as it is not taken against the usual backdrop of the railway embankment outside the factory or in the adjacent streets of Dennisville but more in open countryside around Guildford.

Reproduced by permission of Alexander-Dennis and the Surrey History Service

The table below shows the first Big 6 deliveries. You will see that the neither the Engine numbers or Car (chassis) number are sequential with respect to the despatch date. The Car number was allocated on receipt of the order, but manufacture could start some time after.

 

 

Car Number

Engine Number

Customer

Despatch Date

7340

60002

Hong Kong FB

23/10/29

7341

60019

Croydon FB

29/10/30

7342

60028

Glasgow FB

20/1/31

7394

60005

Birmingham FB

12/6/30

7402

60010

Birmingham FB

30/8/30

7403

60038

Leeds FB

6/5/31

7420

60021

West Ham FB

30/11/30

7421

60034

East Renfrew FB

10/2/31

7422

60031

Wimbledon

10/2/31

7429

60035

Ealing FB

17/3/31

7430

60036

Tottenham FB

27/4/31

7431

60027

West Ham FB

11/6/31