These films all were selected at one meeting of a vintade tractor club
0415 The Mighty Atom The Austin Seven was a successful pre war car but many of the power units were shoehorned into unlikely applications including trials cars, a motor cycle, hydro gliding, railway locomotives including the South Denes Miniature railway at Yarmouth. The commentary and clothing suggests the film was made in the mid 1930. . This may well be available commercially from other sources.
0010 Changing Harvest With World war 2 over the oil companies were encouraging farmers world wide to mechanise. After starting with a look at grape harvesting most of this short film concentrates on Broadchalke in Wiltshire where the farm is well mechanised. Equipment shown includes in Fordson Major E 27N with binder, 1947 a Ferguson and unknown pick up baler, plus a Minneapolis Moline baler, a Series 1 Land Rover, combines, and E27N crawler on sheaf cart. 5 Massey combines mainly 21s in one field may not even be in Britain. . This falls into the period where makeshift arrangements were made to deal with the torrent of harvested grain. This brief 10 minute black and white film neatly sums up a period when most farmers were still wondering whether to stick with a binder or try an unproven combine. Around the world there was still plenty of hand work to be mechanised. The film ends with typical British Harvest Festival Service. Copies of this film have been seen with different oil company logos.
1071 M5 goes by rail Laing s has a rail link between Aberthaw power station and the construction site at St Georges where it was used to build the M5 Motorway At its prime they were shifting 6000 tones pear day of Pulverised Fly Ash. A variety of transport was used depending where it was required. Plenty of plant shown.
1556 Allis Chalmers v Caterpillar. Not surprisingly as Allis Chalmers sponsored the film and set the test criteria the AC equipment came out best. There wheeled loaders had larger buckets so were able to move more in that particular exercise. It does show that there can be more than one machine for a particular job.
0101 Speed the Scrap Wartime demands had left Britain's Blast Furnaces well overdue for reconstruction.. Scrap was vital to keep open hearth types supplied
The only way to keep throughput up was by recycling as much scrap as possible. Anything from tin cans to trams were welcome. Some very interesting old items shown being scrapped including the London tram graveyard. Rather confusingly the film implies that an American built Caterpillar D2, a modern milking parlour, or an AEC 8 wheeler tanker, could emerge from the scrap.
Views of various scrap yards and of the Open Hearth furnaces melting down this scrap. When cast into ingots they can be rolled to produce different profiles. Various manufacturing processes from shipbuilding to razor blades or umbrellas. Interesting view of bottling milk at Express Dairies and canning carrots. Old gasholder is shown being cut for scrap and a new one being rebuilt. Sources include farm scrap piles bringing a brief sighting of a Majorloader brief shots of the assembly of Fordson E27Ns . Industrial steam loco hauling out hot slag. Hot riveting .
Of great interest to anybody involved in recycling today Includes a very stilted view out of a signal box as the “Scrap Special” passes by. Black and White 19 minutes.
Had it not been for the demand for scrap many more old machines would have survived into preservation . The surviving machine would not have been so rare and collectable
1556 Set it and Forget it. The Grade master was based on Sperry equipment which automated the blade position and angle for control of the blade which tended to eliminate many of the errors cased by rough ground . The equipment could be fitted to other equipment but this film concentrates on motor graders. An interesting innovation.