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My daughter wanted to go to Castle cements's Ketton quarry open day this weekend...... excellent!
After a demo of all the big toys, they let everyone climb all over them!  O0


More pictures   HERE! 


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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008, 05:44:51 PM »

hi there

Seeing your photographs of the trucks - brings back memories - and, it is quite funny because the other day I myself was sorting through some 'old' photographs and came across three which were taken of a lorry which had turned over.   I have told the story before, it concerns the gentleman with the glass eye.

The lorry in question, which is on its side, is an Avling and Barford 10 tonner; and, if you look closely you will see there is, what we used to call a 'D9' it is a Caterpillar bulldozer.   What we were doing was righting the lorry using a steel hawzer and the D9 to pull it back upright onto its wheels. 

The other shot you will see the workshops - this is where I used to work.   These workshops were makeshift and made from anything we could lay our hands on, a bit like a Shantytown.   This is when I worked in North Wales on the Dam.

Some of the lorries we used to work on 'Ukes' were a similar size to what your photographs are showing i.e. about 45-50 tonners PLUS - V12s under the bonnet.   Do you know these lorries are 'air-start' the starter motor is actually operated by air and they often used to freeze up and one of the tricks was to disconnect the airpipe from the starter motor and pour petrol in.  Reconnect the air pipe and then STAND WELL BACK - we did lose one or two starter motors through being over enthusiastic with the amount of petrol that we put into the starter motors.

Hope you had and your family had a good day - certainly brings back happy memories for me.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008, 05:49:18 PM »

very cool daughter you got there martin,glad she had a good time O0
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Re: Big diggers trucks and bulldozers.... and a couple of tractors!
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008, 07:02:46 PM »

very cool daughter you got there martin,glad she had a good time O0

She came free in a 'Lucky bag' ... I got very lucky that day!  ;)

The Loaders are 25 tons per bucket.
The Lorries ( British for Trucks!  ;) ) are 100 tons load.
Four buckets and the lorry is full, 4 scoops take about 50 seconds on a good day!!!  :o

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008, 07:48:49 PM »

A D9..that brings back memories. I have the honour of getting one of those on swan neck trailer completely stuck whilst going round the tight corner at the end of Vauxhall Bridge Road in London. I couldn't go backwards or forwards, the police escort drivers  :police: were tearing their hair out as the traffic backed up behind me...it took hours to get me sorted and in a straight line and moving again. They had to close the road and set up diversions, it caused utter chaos!  :angel:

Great memories... giggle giggle.   ::)

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008, 10:00:21 PM »

a castel cement a ketton. we do a job there every 1/4 . It a muddy place but you can see the digger and dumpers from the top of the coal mill were we work.

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008, 10:18:39 PM »

Ah ha I presume you mean that you worked up on the Marchlyn Dam near LLanberis then Bluebird


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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008, 10:53:43 PM »

Hi
My father used to drive euclid trucks for George Wimpey on the open cast coal fields at black rod near Wigan they also had one of the
worlds largest crawling cranes there for digging out the coal.
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008, 09:17:36 AM »

Hi All

I may be mistaken (I have been known to be wrong before) but I was under the impression that the trucks, similar to these, used in the open cut mines here in Australia run on electricity generated by a large diesel motor on-board. Can anyone tell me if this is a furfy or is it actually so. Either way they are great Tonka Trucks, no wonder I liked playing with them in the sand pit as a kid.

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008, 09:37:25 AM »

Euclid! Now thats a blast from the past! As a youngster living in Scotland we used to be in awe of these giant machines. They were built in a factory a few miles up the road from us and used to run through in convoys of about four or five at a time... all brand spanking new. To us kids they were towering roaring monsters and we used to run alongside and feel the heat wafthing out from the engines and smell all the new paint. Great memories and one which I had virtually forgotten so thanks for mentioning the name.. it brought it all back!  :)
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2008, 10:19:10 AM »

Hi All

I may be mistaken (I have been known to be wrong before) but I was under the impression that the trucks, similar to these, used in the open cut mines here in Australia run on electricity generated by a large diesel motor on-board. Can anyone tell me if this is a furfy or is it actually so. Either way they are great Tonka Trucks, no wonder I liked playing with them in the sand pit as a kid.

Regards David

 You're quite right. We also have them in Canada moving the goop from the tar sands to the processing plant. The diesel engines are the same used in railway locomotives over here. and each wheel has a railway sized traction motor on it.

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2008, 10:44:55 AM »

CORR...... I WANT ONE OF THOSE MASSIVE MACHINES !

 I GUESS THEY TAKE SOME STOPPING....... JUST DRIVE OVER THE TOP OF ANY OBSTACLE AHEAD

 IMAGINE THE CARNAGE ON  THE 3 LANES OF SOLID TRAFFIC AHEAD OF YOU ON THE M25 OR M4.....  :D
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2008, 10:47:30 AM »

this is the biggest bit of plant i am currently allowed to drive.... :(

http://www.agrimachinetrader.co.uk/picture2.php?pic=/57/telehandlers61.jpg
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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2008, 11:16:38 AM »

And how many bricks can you get on that Guy ?
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« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2008, 12:38:06 PM »

And how many bricks can you get on that Guy ?

Apparently they're good for 400 tons, whatever that equates to in bricks.............a whole bunch I don't doubt.

Try this web site for some more pics of the big ones:
http://radio.weblogs.com/0105910/2004/06/21.html

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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2008, 01:06:19 PM »

And how many bricks can you get on that Guy ?

 our machine is good for about  3 tonnes dead lift..... its enough to unload our pallets of bricks from the factory !
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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2008, 10:04:25 PM »

Hey John back then when you were young I would have thought they used dinosaurs to move the rocks in the quarry and the wheel was yet to be invented  :D
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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2008, 10:53:18 PM »

Hi Oldiron

Thanks for the pics and confirmation about the BIG Trucks. With Trucks that size one would wonder if they had bathroom facilities and a kitchenette. Certainly airconditioned and probably a very comfortable ride.

Regards David
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2008, 01:42:23 AM »

Hi Oldiron

Thanks for the pics and conformation about the BIG Trucks. With Trucks that size one would wonder if they had bathroom facilities and a kitchenette. Certainly airconditioned and probably a very comfortable ride.

Regards David

Don't you hate it when spellchecker does not know what you meant to say?? When are they going to put a USB interface into the human brain? Of course that should have read CONFIRMATION and not conformation. :embarrassed:
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2008, 07:44:36 AM »

Hi Oldiron

Thanks for the pics and conformation about the BIG Trucks. With Trucks that size one would wonder if they had bathroom facilities and a kitchenette. Certainly airconditioned and probably a very comfortable ride.

Regards David

Don't you hate it when spellchecker does not know what you meant to say?? When are they going to put a USB interface into the human brain? Of course that should have read CONFIRMATION and not conformation. :embarrassed:

Now to a computer brain that would make no sense. If it is CONFORMATION...(As in the Church blessing). How come when you have been to one,you have been CONFIRMED??
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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2008, 09:17:10 AM »

For me, spell checkers usually come back with "No suggestion found!....Are you sure you are using Eingerlish?"

(Correction made Bigfella.)
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2008, 10:38:25 AM »

Thanks Martin. I spake the gooder Englash.

Regards David
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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2008, 11:36:14 AM »

I can drive this

http://www.emma-maersk.info/

By the way the container capacity has never been officially been realeased, it is thought to be in excess of 14,000TEU's

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« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2008, 02:08:47 PM »

this is the biggest bit of plant i am currently allowed to drive.... :(

http://www.agrimachinetrader.co.uk/picture2.php?pic=/57/telehandlers61.jpg


its a loadall esque init, 2 tonnes lift??
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2008, 05:17:13 PM »

My brother drives one of them big dumper trucks in oz,lucky git,i'm confined to driving the artic here in not so sunny england  :-\
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