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    San Francisco Seagrave Sedan Turbo Chief

    For some reason, this engine is always first to arrive at any scene.

    Must be the V-12?

    For safety reasons, they keep it under 35 within city limits.

    Corgi Fire Heroes:
    1951 Seagrave 70th Anniversary Sedan Pumper Turbo Chief*
    Showcase Display Series #2

    I was able to find some info and pix of an ALF that served in San Fran on the Guardians of the City website- museum page, but no references to a Seagrave verison. I know Corgi did a couple versions of this model, but I don't know if it's based on real apparatus.

    Any body have any info on this one? Did Seagrave even make a turbo chief engine?
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    No the turbo chiefs where an ALF deal, I believe SFFD had one turbo chief that where built by ALF (in all ALF made three turbo chiefs, San Francisco, Mount Vernon VAand a tiller for Seattle), these rigs never really performed as hopped, they where fast, even up hill, but also when down hill like a runaway train, maintenance was extensive and sometimes required a Boeing Machnic to be flown out to do the work. At times when the rigs would start up they would shoot flames out the top of the turbine exhaust and cause damage to the fire house ceilings. In short these rigs proved to provide little advantages over conventional engines and within a decade where eventually repowered by their respective departments.

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    • #3
      I like those fire engines from the Corgi Fire Heroes series. Just got pictures of most of mine but haven't gotten around to posting them yet. Thanks for the background information Brian.

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      • #4
        Nice fire engine, I always liked these sedan pumpers.

        From what Brian was explaining about the turbo chief engine, it sounds like it just about made the rigs into hot rod firetrucks.
        Doug

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        • #5
          THANKS for the info BRIAN- i figured maybe corgi got a little carried away with the "turbo chief" label... and i hoped someone would be able to solve the mystery. i still like the seagrave. if you've got the time, the SF guardians of the city site has a lot of info on San Fran fire and other agencies... some vintage photos of the actual ALF.

          on a related note, i think i might start a fire-rescue spinoff of the cross-country tour to show off my reds, a few oranges, and of course lime greens... if they can do a LIVE Rescue spinoff from LIVE PD, i figure why not?
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          • #6
            I really wish Corgi would revive the Fire Heroes line. They are still producing miliary vehicles and aircraft that used to be sold alongside the Fire Heroes at a nearly identical price and detail level.

            Nice piece! I too am pretty curious why they chose to use the "Turbo Chief" label. It wasn't like they didn't have a proper American LaFrance casting (which they did).

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            • #7
              i think i came across another version that had "turbo chief" on it as well. who knows... i'm going to go with- it's not a proper turbo chief, it's "the turbo chief"..., because it's so fast?

              i don't like that they mixed the scales- even in some of the multi-packs, but i agree i would like to see this series revived...
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