Chicago Fire Department 1928 Water Tower 1

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Chicago Fire Department 1928 Seagrave Water Tower 1 Scale Model

Chicago Water Tower 1 is hand-crafted with over 560 parts
Over 560 hand-crafted, intricately detailed parts.
Each individually designed, cast or fabricated part is hand-assembled using tweezers, glue-filled syringes, and a steady hand. Materials are chosen to replicate each feature accurately and include stainless steel, high-def resin, brass, wire, rubber and other composites.



Take home a piece of Chicago history
A piece of Chicago history.

Chicago Water Towers are an iconic piece of Chicago's history. Finally, a museum grade scale model exists to preserve the many details and memories associated with this special rig.



Chicago Water Tower 1 features museum grade authenticity.
Museum grade precision and authenticity.
Over 18 months of development has been invested in the Chicago Fire Department 1928 Water Tower 1 scale model. Countless hours of design, proofing, and improvements make this replica museum grade.



Chicago Water Tower 1 is limited in production.
Limited production for lasting value.
Production of CFD Water Tower 1 will be limited to no more than 300 units. Fire Replicas are designed with the elite collector in mind, and manufactured in limited quantities to enhance future value.



Chicago Water Tower 1 includes a fully custom display case.
Fully custom presentation and protection.
The CFD Water Tower 1 measures 9.5"L x 2.25"W x 2.75"T and is securely displayed inside a custom case. The case dimensions are 12"L x 6"W x 5.25"T and the platform includes an etched stainless steel nameplate with the CFD seal, department and truck name.



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Chicago Fire Department 1928 Seagrave Water Tower 1  

Chicago Fire Department 1928 Water Tower 1 Scale Model Specs

  • Scale: 1:50
  • Production Quantity: Not to exceed 300 units
  • Multi-materials including High Def Resin, stainless steel photo etch metal, wire, rubber and other composites.
  • Mounted inside high quality, custom display case featuring etched stainless steel I.D. nameplate.
  • Model Dimensions: 9.5"L x 2.25"W x 2.75"T
  • Display Case Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 5.25"T

About Water Tower 1

In July of 1928 Seagrave delivered this water tower to the Chicago Fire Department.The CFD required Seagrave to build Water Tower 1 1928 rig similar to the old style radiator and hood so all three Water Towers would look alike. Seagrave changed designs and started making radiator’s and hoods rounded after 1925. This tower came originally with the two turrets on the deck, and the one at the end of the mast. The “Corrigan Pipe” and crows nest were added in 1936 on all three Water Towers. Water Tower 1 moved into a brand new Fire House at 324 S. Des plaines (Engine 5) in October of 1928. The old 1923 Water Tower was moved to the shops and renumbered at put back in service in December as Water Tower 3 at Engine 104’s on 1401 South Michigan Ave. Water Towers. Water Tower 3 served on the front line until 1959 at which times Quinn’s Snorkel were being place in service, The first snorkels were called Water Tower 4 and 5, by May of 59 those were called Snorkels 1 and 2. Snorkel 2 was stationed at engine 5 in April of 1959, in December Water Tower 1 was out of service after 31 years. Water Tower 3 the 1923 Seagrave moved to the far south side in 1959 with Engine 46 until 1961 when it was replaced by Snorkel 6. The 1923 Seagrave Water Tower served on the front line 38 years.The 1925 Seagrave Water Tower was at Engine 14’s from 1925 until July of 1962 serving 37 years. Fire Replicas has done a amazing job replicating these three rigs, persevering the history of the classic trucks that served the City of Chicago over 90 years ago. Each model has the distinct difference of all three rigs, note the hose ramps on the running board of Water Tower.

Chicago Water Tower 1

About the Scale Model

This Chicago Fire Department 1928 Water Tower 1 scale model is a museum grade replica. Like all Fire Replicas models, every detail is modeled to perfection and with razor sharp precision. The replica features the specific department configuration and graphics, leaving no detail overlooked. The display case is custom manufactured with high quality acrylic and resin. The stainless steel etched plate features the department and truck name, and department seal. This replica is a treasure to be displayed and admired and is in no way a toy.

Safety Warning

This is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of 14. This highly detailed scale model contains small, intricate pieces that may present a choking hazard.

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  • 5
    Well Done!

    Posted by James Stroika on 12th Oct 2020

    Extremely fine craftsmanship on a unique piece of Chicago firefighting history.

  • 5
    Spectacular attention to detail.

    Posted by EdE on 6th Jun 2020

    I am a collector of antique and classic CFD apparatus.The water tower is by far the most highly detailed of any competing products

  • 5
    Chicago Fire Department 1928 Water Tower 1

    Posted by Fritz on 4th Dec 2019

    This is my first model from fire replicas, and I was really surprised. Its a wonderfull fire car and I think it's not my last.

  • 5

    Posted by George Orban on 25th Oct 2019

    This is an absolutely stunning masterpiece! Beautifully crafted in its detail and realism - it looks like it's ready to go in to action! A wonderful addition to my collection.

  • 5
    Highly Detailed

    Posted by Scott Hudson on 14th Apr 2019

    Very detailed model. I can see why these models sellout so fast.

  • 5

    Posted by George Kraft on 4th Apr 2019


  • 5

    Posted by Kevin Rickard on 13th Mar 2019

    Fantastic detailed model and the enclosed letter gave it the personal touch, great packaging it arrived safe and well in the UK, will be buying more.

  • 5
    Exquisite model

    Posted by Guy Apicella on 31st Oct 2018

    Great company to deal with. Very personal approach. Personalized notes and cards addressed to me inside with model

  • 5
    CFD History recalled

    Posted by Chief Michael l. Kuk on 29th Oct 2018

    Another remarkable version of a very historic piece of apparatus that fought countless fires through several decades in Chicago. This is a true to life version of the actual rig. I was fortunate to see all three of these Seagraves while visiting the CFD as a youngster. This is a rare model indeed! Money well invested!!!