Vintage Excavator Rescue Preserves the Heritage of Plant Hire Jobs

Work in plant hire jobs for long enough and you can find yourself becoming quite attached to some of the bigger and older machinery, which often seems to have its own personality or character.

One such vehicle is the 1957 Ruston Bucyrus 54RB excavator that was a static exhibit at the Snibston Discovery Museum in Coalville, Leicestershire from 1995 onwards.

With a kaput engine, the excavator was unable to run, so stayed in place until the museum closed in 2014 before being promised to the Vintage Excavator Trust.

The only problem is, the VET are based in Threlkeld Quarry in the Lake District – and without an engine, the 65-tonne excavator had to be transported by lorry.

The Construction Plant-hire Association, which represents the interests of those working in plant hire jobs, got involved to help cover the relocation costs.

“We were delighted to be able to assist the VET in moving the 54RB and we are looking forward to monitoring its progress,” said CPA director Kevin Minton.

“The machine is part of our construction plant heritage and its restoration back to a working machine is a worthy project.”

In its new home, the 54RB is due to be fitted with a new, working engine – meaning it should once again be ‘hitting the dirt’ some time in 2017, according to the VET’s rough schedule for the restoration work.