There are seven shades of red on the Amoskeag steam pumper half of the vehicle. This company decorated their engines with a modern look for the time. It has qualities of Eastlake and Craftsman style decoration. The oil paintings on the coal box wrap around the corners.
The front half of the fire engine was built by American LaFrance. The tractor replaced the original front assembly from horse driven days. The American LaFrance company used gold renaissance style scrolls like those seen on engines for 100 years before.
Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on a tractor driven steam fire engine...
This was a special vehicle restoration to be a part of. In the first years of the 20th century, horse drawn steam engines were refit with gasoline motor tractors. The steam powered pumps worked fine and the tractor cost less to maintain than horses.