Britain’s Massive Miners Part 2 is devoted mainly to large Liebherr, Caterpillar and Terex O&K RH hydraulic excavators working in Britain’s surface coal mines.
A Northumberland surface coal mine is the setting for the hydraulic excavator which is currently the biggest in Britain and the biggest Terex model in Europe – the Terex O&K RH 200. It works with advanced noise and dust suppression technology to load nearly 50 tonnes at a time with a 26cu.m. bucket.
At work in a Yorkshire limestone quarry is the largest excavator Caterpillar currently has in Britain. Only four of these 5130s were ever brought into the country.
A Scottish coal mine yields examples of the R9350, Liebherr’s biggest excavator in Britain, working with the country’s largest fleet of Terex TR100 dump trucks and a big Cat 834H wheeled loader.
Other highlights of this exciting programme are a 340-tonne O&K RH170, the only one in Britain, and an old 480-tonne O&K RH200 loading Cat 789 trucks. Both machines were recently broken up and sold so this DVD provides some great footage for classic machine fans of the two in action.
There is even a quick look at a decommissioned Bucyrus-Erie 1260W walking dragline called Chevington Collier – another machine that is no longer in the UK.
This 82-minute programme is number six in the Massive Machines series of DVDs.
Researched and scripted by Steven Vale, this programme was filmed by Roger Wiltshire and directed by Jonathan Theobald. Narrated by David Holt, the DVD was produced by Old Pond Publishing in 2009.
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