The North Bay Museum is taking on a unique project to assist in restoring a 1928 Bickle Fire Engine for eventual display at the museum.
In 1928, the City of North Bay purchased its second fire engine, a Bickle Fire Engine produced by the Bickle Fire Engine Company located in Woodstock, ON.
Once the engine was retired from active service, it continued to be used for city parades and events including winter carnivals and Dominion (Canada) Day parades.
The engine was later purchased by city employee Cliff Cowcill, who then donated the Bickle to the North Bay Museum.
The North Bay Museum has begun the cosmetic restoration of the Bickle with plans to display the engine in the lower museum gallery next year.
The engine is being cosmetically restored by local restoration specialist Peter Martin.
The museum is selling custom Bickle engine lapel pins (photo attached) to help provide fundraising support for the project. Each pin is $10, with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the engine.
Pins are available in the museum gift shop,
Donations can also be made for the project through Canada Helps at HERE by selecting the designated “North Bay Museum 1928 Bickle Fire Engine Restoration” option.