Bucyrus Erie Drag Line, Swillington

I’d wanted to see this for a long time so when Millhouse came over we headed out, unfortunately we had probably picked the windiest night of the year.

This little peach currently sits decommissioned with the odd tour being run inside, over the past twenty eight years various parts have been stolen from the drag line so it can’t be fired up.

It was built in 1948 by Bucyrus Erie & Co in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After a brief stint over in the U.S it was shipped to the U.K, it has been dismantled four times over the years and has served in Pontypridd, Cannock and its current resting site of St Aidens open cast mine. Oh and it runs about 0.5mph so don’t take it for a joyride.

Thanks to Millhouse for ripping in to me because I was too slow at climbing the thing…

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