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After being out of action for several years, the crane is about to be reunited with it’s fully refurbished boiler.
New firebox, cross tubes, flue and an entirely new base section including foundation ring should provide many years of new life to this interesting exhibit.
Subject to passing the necessary statutory examinations we should be in steam by spring 2020
Following a request from the organisers we attended the 75th commemoration of the events of September 1944, as depicted in the film “A Bridge Too Far”, with our 2 Scammell Pioneer vehicles.
About 240 vehicles, ranging in size from motorcycles to Sherman tanks took part in the event, which followed the 30 Corp support route from Lommel up towards Arnhem.
To take part in such an event, to be welcomed by so many of the towns and villages en route and to understand
the horrors of the campaign was a humbling experience.
For those who are interested, there are several videos on YouTube.
With so many engines exhibited, either stand alone or in vehicles, it is the norm for visitors to ask, “Does it work, does the engine run”.
Just for the record, this short video shows that after a few basic checks, fuel and batteries a 70 year old 10 litre petrol engine starts and runs as well as ever, even after standing for 4 or 5 years.
Again a vehicle that hasn’t run for several years, now ready for the road.