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john1950 last won the day on October 8 2019

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  1. It was moved from Beverly to Fort Paull. I would think Elvington is the obvious destination, but transport cost may be prohibitive.
  2. This is a Pre production Cat 966F I shared the driving on. Here working the Coal stockpile at Stobswood OCCS in Northumberland.
  3. That is a really usefull piece of kit. Do any survive?
  4. Great collection of photos. That would have been quite an endevour to get that rig out of France.
  5. In the first picture my father is reducing the sheer clay face erosion had left at the mouth of the river Wansbeck. An area used as a clay tip for excavations building Blyth Power Station. Sea coal washed up on all of the beaches mainly south of Cresswell, A lot of Bedford QLs Ford WOT6s Commer Superpois etc gave stirling service retrieving the bounty. There was a coal washing plant on the sea shore at Seaham washing the colliery waste tipped onto the beach.
  6. Taken in the 1960s at Druridge Bay I think the serial number is XP404. Flying SAR out of RAF Acklington. A concrete block house can just be made out in the background to the left. Making its way onto the beach as the dunes erode.
  7. First one is a VR 180. 2nd one is a Vigor 1000 series with a slewing clutch problem. 3rd one is a high front Vigor 3000 series with a main clutch problem and a Hough 90 rigid loader. 4th one is the Vigor going out to work. Last one is a hard working IH 65c still with the payloader badge.
  8. I have a few different Vickers Vigor manuals all well used but I think they should be availlable to read, Maybe in a Museum. Most of my Vigor/Vikon photographs are with a friend near Kettering who is coppying them.I have some brass cannon and ships bridge layouts made by a now passed local model maker George Chapman in the Blyth battery exibit. I will start a civvy thread instead of putting pictures on this Military one.
  9. First picture shows one of its achillies heels the final drive transfer gear. It was uprated but to no avail the bearings still collapsed. Great paintings I have not seen them before, even a rare front mounted winch, and different scrappers. A nod to Yorkshires "Mouseman" perhaps. A few went to Africa on the Ground Nut scheme. I have not seen the military manual.
  10. A few pages from the civilian operators guide dated 1958. Depicts early closed front tractor.
  11. Sorry I got my letters mixed. Most had C6SFL 101 series engines with the Roots blower running at twice engine speed, around + 8psi manifold pressure. there were very few built with the other engine types. Rolls Royce C range oil engines were designed to be assembled omni directional using the same parts. This was mainly for the marine environment. To give Left and Right hand propeller options. Also some were built with Aluminium blocks. I think I have also seen Fowler tractors with both the C6 and Leyland 0.600/680 options.
  12. There several developments of the Vickers Tractor starting with the Shervick, then the in house designed and for the time high speed VR180 developing through the Vigor range, closed front to later high open front. These had mainly C6SFL engines but also C6TFL and Cummins. Both used either dry clutch or torque convertor drive. Giving 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse. Early ones had manual slewing clutch and brake with later ones going on to hydraulic powered servo assistance. Also produced was the smaller Vicon range and a development larger tractor with a C8FLT engine. All had Christie type suspension.
  13. I have no personal experience of Allis Chalmers, but two used to work not far away and they seemed hardy working with very little maintainance and never greased, judging by the squeaks when they were working. Working on plant and driving could be classed as a clinical ailment, but there are no pills or cure.
  14. You operated in a different world, We just went in for a 7am start If driving a Cat 944 or Hough 65c had about 1100 tons to load onto varying sizes of vehicles by last load 16.15, Later if on nights on a Cat 966D 12 hour nights would be 4500 to 5000 tonnes a shift. With no one shooting at us or trying to set us on fire. I could not imagine swaping places.
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