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By Bill White - Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:03 PM
I would like to see more photo's of this or any others anyone may have. some where I have a Roy Rogers Chevrolet tractor and horse trailer.

By locomotivebreath - Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:36 PM
I don't have any more pictures, but I can say that picture was one of the reasons I bought a '36 D-T.
By dclerici - Friday, September 16, 2011 1:49 AM
You might try getting in touch with the Gene Autry Cultural Heritage Museum in LA, it's across the parking lot from the LA Zoo. It's been at least 15 years since I've been there and can't recall if they had any of those pics.
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Friday, September 16, 2011 6:05 PM
Bill, I thought I had a photo somewhere of a '40's Diamond T COE that belonged to Roy Rogers, but I'll be darned if I can find it. I did find this photo of Gene Autry in the Life Magazine collection, taken in 1964. He is standing among his antique auto and wagon collection, including a rare Moreland fire truck. 
By newfie-trucker - Friday, September 16, 2011 6:11 PM
Jeff not bad looking Moreland but it could have ised a dusting off and shined up before the pic
By Bill White - Friday, September 16, 2011 6:12 PM
Thanks Jeff, here is one of Roy Rogers trucks not a good pic though...........Bill

By Bill White - Friday, September 16, 2011 6:25 PM

Here is the Moreland that Gene had and a story about it.............Bill

The Moreland Truck Company of Burbank, California supplied the Los Angeles Division of Forestry with the chassis of one of their three ton trucks in 1930. Moreland was the largest truck maker west of the Mississippi, and supplied a considerable number of trucks to California fire departments. The Division of Forestry designed its own brush truck, installing a 100 gallon per minute pump that could be operated while the truck was in forward motion, a key requirement for a brush truck. The Division also installed a 600 gallon water tank, a pair of booster lines, and several hundred feet of one inch cotton hose. Four hard suctions allow the tank to be refilled from a hydrant or other water source. The paint scheme of light and dark green was quite striking. The Division used the truck to fight many brush fires in Los Angeles County. During World War II the Division was made a part of the LA County Fire Department and the truck was painted red. Gene Autry found the truck years after LA County had abandoned it. Gene donated it to the Hall of Flame in 1989, and Don Hale did an excellent restoration. It is now on exhibit in the Hall of Flame’s Wildland Firefighting gallery.

By newfie-trucker - Friday, September 16, 2011 6:30 PM
thanks Bill   it looks awesome and a beautiful restore job done on it.. thanks for the info and the history of that truck.. where is the hall of fame located?
By John Frances - Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:25 AM
Different angle, from here.

Behind Jimmy Durante, from here.

At the NY World's Fair, from here.

By Bill White - Saturday, September 17, 2011 2:17 AM

Hall of flame  6101 East Van Buren ST. Phoenix, AZ. 85008,


By Bill White - Saturday, September 17, 2011 2:20 AM
Thanks John Francis for the other views,

By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Saturday, September 17, 2011 4:04 PM
Bill, thanks for the rest of the story about the Moreland. It is truly amazing what one can find on the internet.
By Bill White - Monday, January 09, 2012 5:50 PM
Newfi, sorry i missed you on this.....................Bill

Hall of Flame is in Phoenix, AZ

6101 E Van Buren St