Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 84 minutes
First Pasture Price: £15.69
Status: In Stock
Andrew Beulah's Meaux Abbey Farm in Yorkshire is a fascinating place for enthusiasts of heavy earth-moving machinery. Andrew's own collection of tractors, bulldozers and excavators are housed there together with big machines owned by other people who have insufficient space at home.
Regular working sessions are held at the farm, and this film is a record of one of them, where the main centre of attention was the range of excavators kept there. The farm is only a few miles from the site of the works of the Priestman company, one of Britain's most important excavator manufacturers in the years after World War Two, so it isn't surprising that the event featured a good selection of Priestman dragline and cable excavators. Examples of the Cub, Tiger and Lion cable-operated ranges can all be seen at work, as well as one of the early Beaver Hydraulic excavators. Other hydraulic machines being operated include a Ruston-Bucyrus 220RH and one of the innovative JCB 110 tracked loaders.
Other machines in the film include two Fowler Challenger tractors, a Vickers Vigar bull-dozer based on tank technology and the remarkable Caterpillar Sugar Baby tractor.
Bonus features offer heavy earth moving machinery levelling a field and filling a ditch, three excavators digging a wildlife pond and an American device brought over during the war for recovering crashed aircraft and other military equipment.
Written and narrated by Alan Stennett.