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1928 Seagrave
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1928 Seagrave
1928 Seagrave


Altadena · A Gas Station

1916 American LeFrance

In 1928 the Altadena community was growing and the Altadena Fire Protection District increased fire protection by constructing a second fire station. As part of the young Los Angeles County Fire Department, the station was numbered “12” (the number previously had been issued to a station in Signal Hill but was abandoned when that City formed its own fire department). On May 4, 1928, a new Seagrave 750 gpm pumper was purchased and assigned as Engine 12. The price of the new pumper was $12,500. It served the Altadena community until the early 1950s. A windshield was added to Engine 12 following a 1938 law requiring them on all motor vehicles. It was used in Altadena until the 1950s when it ended up going into reserve and then being retired. Eventually, the vehicle was retired and sold at auction. Its' history is lost until a number of years later when she was restored by a Redlands, California firefighter.

We purchased this fire engine from the Redlands firefighter who found it in Antelope Valley at a gas station. He purchased it and did a real nice cosmetic restoration. It is not an accurate restoration on how the vehicle looked while it was in service with LACoFD, but it is still a very impressive restoration. In 1989 Engine 12 was purchased by the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association (CLAFMA), using funds raised from fire department personnel and private donations.

In 2000, at age 72, Engine 12 received a complete engine overhaul, by Howard and his brother Paul Schneider, at a cost of $7,000. On New Years Day, 2001, she was featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade, carrying the Mayor of Pasadena and his family on the parade route. This beautiful example of fire service history is one of the Museum's nicest pieces.

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Engine 12’s Specifications

1928 Seagrave Model 6WT
Manufactured in Columbus, Ohio
Engine: 6 cylinders, 1,000+ cu. In. displacement (115 horsepower)
Transmission: 3 forward speeds, one reverse
Top speed: 55 mph
Empty weight: 17,000 pounds

Take a Spin in the 1928 Seagrave..

Don't pay attention to the title... oops it is not a 1912...