XL Classic Engine
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Year Introduced:

Length - 28 studs
Height - 9 bricks to top of extended antenna
Width - 10 studs to outside of mirrors
Note: 6 stud wide cab on an 8 stud wide chassis
Wheelbase - 16 studs

Pump Specifications:
1000 GPM Capacity
Capable of Producing:
1000 GPM @ 150 psi
700 GPM @ 200 psi
500 GPM @ 250 psi
Balanced pressure foam proportioner
Two 4.5" intakes on pump panel
Four 2.5" discharges on pump panel
Two 1" discharges for booster reels
Two 2" discharges for the attack lines
3" discharge for the deck gun
High flow tank to pump piping (500 GPM)

Water Tank Capacity:
1000 Gallons (with top fill)

Foam System:
50 Gallons Class A Foam (with top fill)

Two 28" preconnected attack lines
Two 18" (larger size) booster reels
Four 20" supply lines in hose bed - real working accordion load!
Shorty 8" hydrant supply line
Two small diameter hard suction hoses
Remotely operated 1000 GPM Gorter Turret

Remotely operated 12V LED floodlight on cab roof
Two 12V LED floodlights on rear of hose bed

In Cab Storage
Two Portable Radios
Two Flashlights
Halligan Bar and Axe

Exterior of Apparatus
Hydrant Wrench
Double male hose adapter
Double female hose adapter
Two section Extension Ladder - with working extension rope!
Pike Pole
Shovel and Broom

Front Left Side Compartment
Standard SCBA Mask
Two SCBA Bottles
Suction Hose Strainer

Rear Left Side Compartment
2.5 gallon water fire extinguisher
20 pound ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher
Bolt Cutters
Adjustable Wrench
Small Hammer
Open Ended Wrench
Hydrant Wrench

Front Right Side Compartment
Standard SCBA Mask
Two SCBA Bottles
5 gallons of drinking water in cooler

Rear Right Side Compartment
Medical Kit
Oxygen Bottle
Bag of Absorbent

The Sixby XL Classic Engine has been in the works for the past few years, but after some final refinements, it is now ready to be placed into service in your department. This rig is unusual in that it is built in a chassis much wider than we normally build on, however, the cab is the same size as we've been building for over 20 years now, being able to seat two firefighters side by side. The XL Classic Engine is best suited for more open rural areas and small cities/towns without the parking issues and tight streets often seen in larger cities. This rig is well suited for volunteer departments where sometimes only one or two firefighters bring the rig to the scene while other volunteers drive directly to the scene in their personal vehicles or ride in a squad or utility rig, which carries more tools and equipment to support fire scene operations.

Other than its larger size, this rig has some features never before seen on any Sixby Fire apparatus. The pump panel controls are new as is the mounting of a siren in the bumper, properly protected by large rubber bumpers on each side of it. The water and foam tank fills are accessible from the top of the rig and are color coded, white for foam and blue for water. This rig also has the largest hose bed we've ever built, plus it can hold up to 80" of supply line in an accordion load, which means it can actually catch a hydrant and lay out a line in prototypical fashion. The booster lines are also larger diameter than we normally use. Since this rig is mainly designed for rural areas, the larger booster lines, nearly 1.5" in diameter, will flow twice as much GPM with less pressure loss than traditional 3/4" booster lines, allowing one firefighter to start flowing water immediately once the other firefighter charges the lines from the pump panel. This rig also has a full set of warning lights, including two mounted on the hose bed and two on the mirrors facing at a 45 degree forward angle for better intersection warning. Extended grab bars have been installed on each side of the cab, with two others on the rear of the hose bed, along with footholds and a hose bed cross bar. It also features larger compartment space than our normal rigs and a water tank that is "T" shaped under the hose bed.

The Sixby XL Classic Engine is not named XL because it is eXtra Large. XL is 40 in Roman Numerals and it was 40 years ago that I received my first LEGO fire station set with minifigs, Engine Company No. 9, LEGO set #590. That set, and the minifig fire sets that were released after it really changed my building style and set the tone for all my creations that followed. This rig was designed to be more to scale with real fire apparatus if minifigs actually operated them. Looking at photos and drawings of actual commercial cab fire apparatus, if a cab needed to be 4 studs wide (when viewed from the side) that meant that the pump panel (on many similar commercial cab engines) would also be about 4 studs wide, and using that, the hood would be about the same width, 4 studs wide. About 1/2 the truck's length is from the rear of the pump panel forward, or about 12 studs minus the bumper. Using those measurements means the bodywork and hose bed is also 12 studs wide, minus the rear step. Since we know the cab has to be 6 studs wide to hold two minifigs side by side, and the bodywork, wheels, and running boards stick out wider than the actual cab, that makes all those features 8 studs wide. Granted this makes for a large rig, but it is still not as long as some other six wide rigs people are building. I did build many eight stud wide rigs after buying LEGO set #735 around 1990, since its main build is an eight wide fire truck.

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