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Old flames fading.

France.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Not much parking space left in the old warehouse.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

This crank starter one ought to be among the older trucks in the collection, I'd say.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

I want that Seine Maritime logo on a t-shirt.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

A Renault truck. The quirky distance measuring thingie(?) at the lower left.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Stretcher in front of a Citroën truck.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Sturdy Dodge among French collegues.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Cobwebs building up.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Maugiére compressor and an old battery in the workshop area.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Delahaye truck.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Hand painted declaration of home village.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Ford truck with a V8 engine, apparently.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Truck interior.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Arques-la-Bataille had a nicely hand painted symbol of the community on this truck.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

A Renault and a Citroën truck, hanging out.

Snapshots 

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

A kind of distance measuring thingie?

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Iron brooms.

Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

Before the days of the EU-standard emergency number, I guess.

 

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Bienvenue!  

Yours truly

Here be dusted over vintage fire trucks collected in a run down warehouse in the harbour of a fairly sized French city. The trucks are from the 1930s up until the 1970s. Mainly by French manufactures like Renault, Saviem, Peugeot and Citroën but also American ones from Ford and Dodge.

The story of this place seems to go something like this: It all began in the early 90s with fire departments around France wishing to let go of their old trucks in a controlled way. The aim is to gather the vintage vehicles in museums so they can be preserved properly and showed publicly. With some funding raised for the purpose they are sent off to various locations around France, with this warehouse being one of them. Some ten years later funding runs dry and even with help from a private organisation this place is closed down a couple of years later. And so it remains until it's eventually emptied at some point in late 2015 or early 2016. Quite possibly the warehouse itself is gone by now too. If you have any further information, please let me know.

Bon voyage, belle camions de pompiers!

photo_cameraMarch 2015

cloudNovember 2016

color_lensHasselblad 500c/m, Zeiss Distagon 50 mm F/4, Kodak Ektar 100, Imacon Flextight Photo, mobcam.

 

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