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Offline grumpy grizzly

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Last Chicago Snorkel
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:28:46 PM »
The last surviving Chicago snorkel has been saved from the scrapyard. It has been purchased by an unknown, at this time, collector and will leave the area this week-end. I understand from a third source that the owner of the scrap yard was a nice guy in all of this transaction. More details as I get them.

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Last Chicago Snorkel
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:28:46 PM »

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Re: Last Chicago Snorkel
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018, 06:39:59 PM »
 Here in the northeast, I know that both Jersey City and Philadelphia had Snorkel trucks. Both very large pieces of apparatus with the bucket hanging over the rear and a large overhang over the front of the cab.

 If I remember correctly, Philly's Snorkel 2 operated with Eng 8 from a center downtown fire house (Arch St - ?). Jersey City's streets were tight to maneuver through as well.

 Also, these rigs were in service in the busy 1980s, certainly a time of very heavy fire activity so they got their share of use.

 My brother was a firefighter in Bridgeport and he drove a Ward LaFrance Snorkel. If there was snow on the ground, they couldn't turn right out of the firehouse because there was a low railroad overpass and the over all height of the boom from street level was too high.

 When swinging the bucket into place the operators also had to watch the swing because of the elbow that connected the two booms. Poles and trees sometimes across the street prevented the bucket from being put into place.

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Re: Last Chicago Snorkel
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018, 07:55:55 PM »
Being towed away . . . if you have Facebook access . . .

https://www.facebook.com/RADIOMAN911/videos/2013171488735565/?t=19
« Last Edit: July 11, 2018, 07:57:31 PM by raybrag »
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Re: Last Chicago Snorkel
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 03:10:18 PM »
The purchase price was 10K and financing was arraigned. The owner is Kris Habermehl and is a Chicago area news reporter. He would report on fires from a news chopper and really knew his stuff giving an accurate description. He also owns 3 aerial ladders.
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