American building grew taller, many people perished in fires because of inadequate ladders. It became obvious that taller ladders were needed. Soon, the hook & ladder with tall mechanically powered ladders was developed. Its primary purpose was more a matter of rescue than extinguishing the fire.
Although this 1890 wagon was a transitional design with two rings on the rope handle to engage a hitch for a horse, it was hand pulled. The horse came after the fire house had enough money to buy one.
Historically accurate, highly detailed wood & metal model
Plans taken from an 1890 hook & ladder wagon on display at the Wayne County Historical Society, Ohio
Laser cut basswood & precision cast Britannia metal parts
Spoked wooden wheels with metal hubs
4 sheets of clearly drawn plans
44 page illustrated instruction manual
Height: 25" with ladder extended,
Intermediate Skill Level