Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
This film consists of a collection of archival film from 1935 to 1953 of an open cut iron ore mine in Britain.
Huge draglines, massive bucket excavators, big bulldozers and large scraper buckets that dig up and cart away tons of material at a time are the subject of this bygone film.
Using archive film shot in iron ore mines between 1935 and 1953 this film features the drilling, blasting and excavation of iron ore for the blast furnaces of Scunthorpe.
It features a veteran Lübecker steam powered chain bucket excavator at work; electric excavators and draglines including Ruston-Bucyrus 55RB, 100RB and 5W; Ransomes and Rapier W150 and S360; and a brand-new Marion 2400.
Wheeled DS21 Caterpillar scrapers and other earth moving equipment are also seen at work in the North Lincolnshire mines, as well as fascinating film taken in 1908 showing the world's first caterpillar tracked vehicle, a British invention without which much of the machines used in the mines could not have moved about.
The construction of a transporter to carry spoil from the excavations to the back-fill is shown and steam trains are seen moving the ore from the mines to the blast furnaces or to a rail-head for hauling to more distant destinations.
Code No. 010986, $48.00