Online Catalogue last updated 17th of September 2023
A rattling yarn that will fascinate all nostalgia lovers and steam fans everywhere.
This story of a conservation miracle tells of the dogged determination of engineering historian Ray Hooley who rescued what is now the world’s oldest working excavator from a watery grave. Steam Navvy no 306 was built by Ruston, Proctor & Co in Lincoln in 1909.
Thanks to Ray, a team of experienced engineers at the Vintage Excavator Trust, and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this amazing piece of Edwardian history will work on into the future at the Trust’s working weekends.
To get the Navvy this far, scores of other helpers, from sub-aqua divers to friendly businesses, engineering apprentices to Museum volunteers, have contributed across four decades.
The programme looks back to early engineering and uses old images and film to set No 306 in context
Code No. 018060, ISBN 5065005473018, $36.00