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6 mixed films selected by the audience.

Product no.: 1555

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.


Ruston Hornsby Tracklayer short film 1908

Product no.: 1537

1537 Probably one of the first  films ever made to sell a machine.  It was originally shot on 35mm film. Despite the novelty of what it featured  the only lasting effect was that the whole design was sold to an American  company who put more effort into it.  The film demonstrates to machines one was internal conbustion and the other was Steam powered.  The steam version fininhed up in Youkon as the only sale effected.   In turn they  inspird  the first landships which became better know as tanks.  After the first World War the American licensees became known as  Caterpillar.  Even after so many years they were certainly impressive machines.


Power on the Land as at 1945

Product no.: 002

Good summing up of Agricultural Mechanisation at end of World War 2.

Aveling Barford RD Dumpers

Product no.: 0027

Opencast Mining in Northunmberland (Acorn Bank ) around 1951

Product no.: 004

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The 60s Bullring Birmingham

Product no.: 0074

Chipping Spreader

Product no.: 0016

Allis Chalmers Crawlers

Product no.: 0040

Crane Safety NCB Mobile types

Product no.: 0166

Slate Quarry around 1952

Product no.: 0241
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