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  1. A few more images of the WW1 piling operations. WW1 RE Piling 4.jfif WW1 RE Piling 3.jfif WW1 RE piling 2.jfif WW1 RE Piling 1.jfif
  2. Dear All, Can anyone throw any light on this Royal Engineer Rail Mounted Piling Rig? Not sure of the date of the image though possibly post WW1? Steam driven and maybe a legacy of WW1 Railway Operating Division. I rescued the original image from a skip at the Royal School of Military Engineering in 1984. Mick
  3. Bill,

    Many thanks for your feedback.  My email address is <micknorton1944@gmail.com>


  4. BillS, Any chance of a copy of the scale plan? Mick
  5. Shortly after D Day, diesel shunting locos were brought ashore from landing craft on the invasion beaches to aid the RE Railway Operating Companys in their demands for motive power as they began to operate the French railways. I think the dozers towing are Cat D7s? Can anybody throw any light on the trailer carrying the locomotive? Is it track mounted? difficult to see. Mick D Day Sappers bringing locomotive ashore.jfif
  6. Operation Crown Thailand 1967 - Post Crown road. Cat D8H push loading a Euclid motorised scraper in a borrow pit area adjacent to the main alignment. This particular Euclid had been used on Christmas Island as part of Operation Grapple and the H Bomb testing in the late 1950, early 1960s.
  7. Scammell, SMT2 trailer and a Cat dozer in El Adem. Great photograph courtesy of the ACB.
  8. John, Some copies of Terence Cuneo's great paintings covering the Vickers Vigor. Mick
  9. John, First time I've seen the civilian operator's manual. Looks well illustrated. I have the Military equivalent, issued by the Directorate of Royal Engineers Equipment, WO Code No 18395. Tractors, Crawler, Size 1, Vickers Vigor, Angledozer, Hydraulic Vickers, Cable Control Unit, Vickers VGRCU Winch, Single Drum, Vickers VGTW. Contracts 6/P & EQ/23873 & 24334 USER HANDBOOK 1959. Mick
  10. I am new to the HMVF site but might be able to help you with RE dozer data. Mick
  11. This old RB face shovel is working on the construction of the Bukit Bahru Ampitheatre project in Malaya in 1968. The operator is Pete Alexander of 11 Independent Fd Sqn RE who were based at Terendak. Fast forward to 2020 and finding a plant operator to proficiently operate a roped excavator is almost mission impossible. Mick Norton
  12. Richard, That was 9 Independent Parachute Sqn RE. Mick
  13. Dear All, The airportability of the Muirhill A5000 was a big selling point in the 1970s. Mick Norton
  14. Zero Five Two, Here's a shot of an armoured A5000 Muirhill. Notoriously unstable but it had a greater "reach" than the Allis Chalmers which at times was a God send. Mick
  15. John - 1950/Richard, In my 32 years service with earthmoving plant with the Royal Engineers the Allis Chalmers was a cracking bit of kit with very little modification off the commercial production line, which guaranteed its success.. For the N Ireland (once the armoured cab had been fitted) they came into their own and were invaluable support to the infantry role during rioting. With the armoured cab and wee visor all round visibility was very difficult and hand telephones were installed at the rear on the battery boxes with a speaker over your head in the cab which the infantry support could communicate with the operator. It didn't work that well..!! A fire blanket was always close to hand as rioters would often lob half a dozen bottles of petrol at the cab and then a "Molotov Cocktail" to warm up the proceedings. Known affectionately as "The Scoobie" the Armoured Allis Chalmers going full belt in a riot situation put the fear of Christ into those in its way. John, although the military plant operator role is a little different to the civilian counterpart we all share the love of operating/repairing earthmoving plant. The Allis Chalmers wasn't always used in the heat of Londonderry and Belfast as we did a lot of normal quarrying and earthmoving in places like Clogher, Dungannon, Florence Court and the Moy. Although the Allis Chalmers work in places like Belfast had it's worrying moments the most worrying moment for myself was having to clamber up our remote controlled Tower Crane that was sited at Crossmaghlen in S Armagh with my arse going "sixpence half a crown!" happy days. Mick
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