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A Rare Breed

The vehicles manufactured by Mack Trucks have a long and storied history, and perhaps none are more iconic that the chain driven “Bulldog” Macks of the 1910s and 1920s. As the Mack Truck Historical Museum relates, “Mack trucks earned this nickname in 1917, during World War I, when the British government purchased the Mack AC model to supply its front lines with troops, food and equipment. British soldiers dubbed the truck the Bulldog Mack. Its pugnacious, blunt-nosed hood, coupled with its incredible durability, reminded the soldiers of the tenacious qualities of their country's mascot, the British Bulldog.” Our focus today is a 1916 Mack AC/CD (AC was the model designation, while CD stood f

The Village Engine

One of our newer acquisitions, this is a Gleason and Bailey (G&B) hand engine dating from the 1880s. Donated to the Museum in 2013, we have since rebuilt the pump, sealed the basin, and sourced both a drafting hose as well as an adapter to attach the hose. Since we finished our work, we’ve pumped the G&B several times, most recently at the annual CAFAA muster in Westminster, Maryland, in June of 2015. When we first received the engine, we pumped it at our 2014 Steam Show, with a group of willing volunteers providing the necessary power. Unfortunately, after only a short period of pumping, the engine was unable to continue to do its job. A parking lot tear down revealed that the gaskets that

Full STEM Ahead!

Have you ever wondered how people got word to the Fire Department if their home was ablaze in the days before telephones? In colonial America it was not much more than ringing bells, sounding rattles, and screaming “Fire!” as loud as your voice would allow. By the time volunteer firefighters were able to pull a two-ton hand-drawn fire engine several blocks over cobblestones, dirt, and mud, your house was a lost cause. Saving the neighbor’s house was a more efficient use of their remaining energies. Then, in 1859, Baltimore took a giant leap forward with the installation of its first Fire Alarm Telegraph Boxes. Last year the Fire Museum’s new and improved Fire Alarm Office opened to depict th

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