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Heavy Equipment

Keeping the 80’s Alive

Of recent decades past the 80’s never truely received its due. Following on the heels of the 60’s and 70’s that witnessed a cultural explosion in music, technology and other popular culture it was easy for people to look around and … Continue reading

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The Coming Jet Age

There once was a time when the future was envisioned as one in which nearly everything would be jet powered. Cars, buses, trains, and even lawnmowers were set to be powered by the engine of tomorrow. As we all know by now … Continue reading

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Allis Chalmers M100 Graders

Here’s important news from one of the world’s foremost producers of quality construction machinery. I want one now, it seems like the perfect machine.

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Moving Mr. Tom

It was my assumption that pretty much any walking dragline once operating in the United States had been shuttered or scraped in the face of falling coal prices and changes in open pit mining. Gone for good were the days … Continue reading

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Nelson Wheel Loaders

Nelson Wheel Loaders From the lost and found file comes this very obscure Nelson wheel loader recently photographed by M.E. Folsom. Please enjoy his writeup of this unique brand. This machine was found near Gorham, New York in the Fingerlakes … Continue reading

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Rail Line Doings

I haven’t come across any interesting loads for Rail Car What Is It recently but I do have a few train related photos that I’m sure a few of you will enjoy. Below you see New Jersey Transit 4214 as … Continue reading

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Steiger Panther

For many years I labored under the delusion that the Steiger brand of tractors was some form of German import. I was surprised to learn that the nameplate actually originated in North Dakota in the 1950’s by brothers Douglas and … Continue reading

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Door for Scale

Please note the door behind this Cat 545D for scale so you can fully appreciate the size of this machine. Guess what? There is a model size up from this one! It must be a real joy to put chains … Continue reading

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Allis Chalmers HD11G Dozer

Okay, this is it! The very last posting EVER of Dobbins material…unless of course there is another auction in the future. Lurking in one of the larger builders, suspiciously clean I might ad, this Allis Chalmers HD11G dozer with 3 … Continue reading

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Rail Car What Is It?

It’s time for another edition of Rail Car What Is It? Unlike past entries, I’m not getting an aliens vibe from this piece of equipment. Instead, this one reminds of a giant device for making popcorn, similar to the ones … Continue reading

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