A hot deal on fire engines.
It was thought the engines might find retirement in the hands of a preservation society or private collector.
Or they could be used by businesses or factories. The appliances - two fire engines, an emergency turntable ladder machine, and an emergency tender - had been overtaken by the brigade's replacement programme.
New stock was bought and that meant the appliances were left standing at Newcastle West End fire station waiting for the next stage of their careers.
Brigade transport officer James Bell said: "We have sold off several since the replacement began about four years ago, and there is no shortage of takers."
FOR SALE: Fireman Brian O'Dwyer and station officer Graeme Calder with the turntable ladder machine