1882 Remington Fire Engine

Howe Patent Advertisement

Poster Advertising Howe's Patent

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        THE REMINGTRON FIRE ENGINE admirably fills the gap between Hand and Steam Fire Engines and combines the merits of both in effective work.  It is a sweep power mounted on four wheels for transportation, and is operated by horses mainly, though it excels as a hand engine and can be turned around in its own length.  It weighs about 3000 pounds, being all metal except the levers and seat.

        The axles, tires and spokes are wrought iron, hub of cast iron, diameter of rear wheels 40 inches, forward wheels 34 inches.

        There are three double acting pumps so arranged and constructed that their combined action produces a continuous pressure and even flow of water, thus avoiding the vibrating motion as evidenced by the ordinary piston pumps.

        Diameter of the three double acting pumps, 5 3/4 inches; length of stroke each, 8 inches; capacity  200 gallons per minute.  The wearing surface is made of hardened polished brass to prevent friction and rusting.

        We have a device for warming the pumps sufficient to prevent freezing in extreme cold weather.

        When in use the engine is held in position by iron braces on each side, fastened to the ground by two iron or steel pins.  One man can stake down while one or more men couple or attach the hose.

        The drive wheel has eight spaces for levers to be attached, allowing twenty-four men to work the engine when necessary. We furnish two strong levers, so one or two spans of horses can be used, and they travel in a convenient circle at the ordinary walk of a work team, the draft being about the same as in plowing.

        When operated by one pair of horses at such a rate of speed as can be maintained by the hour, it will force through a 13-16 inch nozzle a stream 125 feet horizontally, or 60 feet in height and two streams through 11-16 inch nozzles, nearly the same distance.  Of course two teams would make a large increase in volume of water, distance and height.  In an emergency, where buildings are close together, or if it is invonvenient to reach water, the engine can be set where its width will permit it to run, and 2 or 3 feet motion to and fro of the levers by hand, will force a strong stream through the hose hundreds of feet distant.

        The Engine is adapted to the standard 3 1/2 inch suction hose, and 2 1/2 inch discharge or leading hose.

        We furnish with each engine the suction hose, wrenches, two hose pipes, each having different sized nozzles, lanterns, drag-rope reel, hand pole, and everything ready for operation, except the 2 1/2 inch leading hose which we furnish with brass couplings at favorable prices, capable of 350 and 400 lbs pressure.

        This Engine is always ready for work, and nearly as effective as a steamer, at less than one-third  first cost, and not one-tenth the annual expense.  It does not require the services of an engineer, fireman, mechanic, or other expert; there is no waiting for a supply of  fuel; no time lost in getting up steam; no danger from boiler explosion; no flues to burn out, rust up or blow up; no expensive repairs.  It combines economy, portability, and effectiveness, and can be quickly transported to a fire by men or horses taken where it would be impracticable to move a heavy machine, and put into operation immediately.  The Engine is especially designed for villages, suburbs of cities, colonies, manufactories and large farms for irrigating pumping, etc.  For the use of contractors, miners and others, in pumping out pits, mines, etc., and elevating water it is invaluable.  When desired we can furnish hose carts, ladder truck and ladders, making a complete outfit at low prices.

An Engine on exhibition at New York office, 118 Chambers Street

Back to:
Minutes of the Meeting held by the Borough Council during which approval was voted to purchase the fire engine,
The New Fire Engine newspaper article, July 22, 1882.
The Remington's First Big Fire newspaper article, 1886.
Homecoming of the Fire Engine newspaper article, July 2002.
Conneaut Valley Homecoming Parade Summary with several photos, July 2002.

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