A little bit of Woodstock reaches England

Woodstock’s former fire engine has arrived at its new home at a museum in England.

The 1991 Pierce 105 model aerial fire truck was shipped overseas in a ferry ship called the Hoegh Maputo. It arrived in England on Oct. 27, wrote Bill Best, who is part of the family that owns and operates the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway museum, in an email. They primarily showcase steam and diesel locomotives, as well as old cars and tractors. Most of the items in the museum’s collection are more than 50 years old.

“We were all very excited to see it again and it certainly attracted attention from other road users on the drive home. We drove it the 140 miles from the dock to the museum and it drove great,” Best wrote in an email.

They used the sirens “to great effect”as they arrived in the small town of Kent, where the museum is located, Best said.

It was the last day the museum was open for the season

Visitors at the museum that day were able to see it and Best, with his crew, demonstrated the engine with the ladders extended.

“It was well received. It even got a mention in our main London news,” Best wrote.

Best purchased the fire engine  for $16,000.

The money from Best’s purchase went to help the town meet a matching fund requirement involving the purchase of a 2017 Smeal Aerial truck. The Woodstock Volunteer Fire department received a $857,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to purchase the new truck.  The town was required to match funds of $49,000.