The London family business ‘Merryweather & Sons’ dates back to the 17th century as a specialist in fire extinguishing. Suppliers to Her Majesty, they specialised in the manufacture of steam engines for fire-extinguishing carriages and trams, in the 19th century. The model on display, equipped with an exhaust pump, was commissioned by the Sussex District Brigade and has its replica in the Royal Museum at Sandringham.
The fire-extinguishing trucks were active from 1862 until 1968. After its retirement, Loizaga’s unit became a regular participant in the famous annual ‘Commercial Vehicle Run’, which takes place in May between Brighton and London.