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Horse Drawn Second Size Steam Fire Engine.

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Ex - Reno, NV. 750 gpm. Acquired in 1980. Built in Cincinnati in Ahrens Shops in 1904.

The American Fire Engine Company built this second size “Metropolitan” steam fire engine in 1904 and sold it to the fire department of Reno, Nevada, where it served until about 1925.  It was built in the old Ahrens Fire Engine Company factory in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 1904 the American Fire Engine Company was re-organized as the American La France Fire Apparatus Company.  ALF manufactured the Metropolitan for the next 10 years, until the shift to motorized apparatus. The Metropolitan was one of the final steam fire engine designs and was an excellent machine.  Many were attached to motorized tractors to keep them in action for as long as possible.

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