One of 37 monochrome photographs contained in an album depicting steam-operated, crawler-mounted and rail-mounted mechanical shovels and excavators under test outside the Ruston & Hornsby works at Lincoln and working at a variety of locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Part of a collection of photographs, motion picture films, product catalogues, company journals, customer registers and installation drawings relating to the distribution and sale of Ruston & Hornsby industrial equipment in Australia between the years 1905 to early 1980's.

Ruston & Hornsby, later known as Ruston, was an industrial equipment manufacturer in Lincoln, England, the company's history going back to 1840. The company is best known as a manufacturer of narrow and standard gauge diesel locomotives and steam shovels.

Other related products and firms included in the collection are, the English Electric Company, General Electric Company (G.E.C), Paxman diesel engines, Ruston-Bucyrus excavators and Fullagar diesel engines.

Description of Content

A man standing on the platform of a crawler-mounted grab excavator, visible on the platform are gears, cables and drums. At the end of the boom is the bucket running along the ground collecting dirt. In the background are a row of wagons with protecting coverings and spare wheels, behind them is an industrial building.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph on gloss paper.

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