Civil Engineering Equipment

Sandstone Heritage Trust - Civil Engineering

EARTHMOVING EQUIPMENT
We are continually updating the inventories with pictures and information, so please come back and check frequently:

MAKE
NUMBER
YEAR
350748
1950s
Invicta roller

 

 

Eimco excavator

 

 

Caterpillar grader DH8 restored

 

 

Caterpillar scraper Model

621

 

Caterpillar grader Model

212

 

Rex concrete mixer Model 5 S Milwaukee Chain Belt CO USA

5 S

 

Star borehole machine steam driven

 

 

Atlas Copco compressor

 

 

Caterpillar grader D6 8U6637

D6 8U6637

 

Fowler diesel roller

 

 

Scammell dump truck (2)

 

 

Ruston -Bucyrus excavator Boom no RB30054

RB30054

 

Hyster forklift

 

 

NVIC Petter road roller

 

 

Fowler Sandler road roller

 

 

VNC crane 35t with outriggers SWL 15t without outriggers

 

 

Atlas Copco compressor

 

 

Dam scraper Bright Gebruikte Trekkers & Implemente, Frankfort

 

 

Caterpillar trenchdigger

 

 

Caterpillar grader IH5768

IH5768

 

Portable concrete mixer

 

 

Coles crane

 

 

Ruston Bucyrus rope excavator

RB10

 

Caterpillar bulldozer

RD6

 

Diamond T trucks (2)

 

 

Huber diesel roller


Sandstone Heritage Trust bids successfully on Phoenix Mill in Grahamstown!

 

agri_equip_pic001

 

On Thursday, 12th May, 2010, the historic Phoenix Roller Mill went under the hammer. The auction, held by Dave Mullins of ReMax Frontier clearly separated the contents of the building from the property itself. By prior negotiation, the woodwork supporting the machinery, the lower and upper floors and the trusses, were included with the mill machinery. Sandstone Heritage Trust was represented at the auction by Wilfred Mole, Peter Elliott and Andy Selfe for technical back-up.

agri_equip_pic002

 

We were keen to keep the scrap-man away, there being a considerable weight in iron and steel, to say nothing about the used wood; there being several cubic metres of Oregon-type pine and possibly yellowwood involved. In the event, there were only two serious buyers for the Mill machinery, and the hammer fell to Sandstone Heritage Trust.

I did not stay for the auction of the property, rather returning to explore the Mill and photograph and video everything, with my mind on the next operation, marking and dismantling everything. Luckily, included in the sale is a General Arrangement drawing of the entire mill-house, which will be carefully reproduced.

agri_equip_pic003

 

agri_equip_pic004

 

The Mill consists of four Roller Mills and six rotary screens, on two floors, with line shafting under the ground floor and another shaft the full length of the building in the rafters. For handling the grain or flour, there are at least ten elevators. Motive power is a massive Crossley single cylinder open crank suction gas engine complete with its producer and scrubber, as last used. The Mill last ran 26 years ago.

 agri_equip_pic005

 

A small amount of stripping has been done on the engine, and correspondence between the Mill owners and Crossley regarding their problems is included in the paperwork. It should be noted that Crossley were not entirely helpful in their reply regarding spares for an engine dating from 1907! The original invoice from Mangold Brothers was for £600, for the engine and plant, installed.

 Dave mentioned in the preamble to the auction that he had been in contact with the still existing E R & F Turner of Ipswich, makers of the Mills, to check on their possible age. A helpful person there informed him that their records don’t go that far back, but according to their earliest records and their rate of manufacture, he assumed these Mills to date from the 1880s.

There follows a selection of photographs to give an impression of what the Mill entails:

agri_equip_pic006

 

 agri_equip_pic007

  

agri_equip_pic008

 

agri_equip_pic009

 

  agri_equip_pic010

 

  agri_equip_pic011

 

  agri_equip_pic012

 

 agri_equip_pic013

 

 agri_equip_pic014

 

 agri_equip_pic015

 

 agri_equip_pic016

 

 agri_equip_pic017

 

  agri_equip_pic014

 

  agri_equip_pic016

agri_equip_pic015

 

  

    agri_equip_pic022

  

What next? The property is likely to be sold for re-development, so after careful numbering, referring to the GA drawing, the entire contents must be dismantled and removed, loaded and removed to Sandstone Estates.

agri_equip_pic016

The best way to display it would be inside a large shed, big enough to enclose the entire building, and to substitute the walls with an exoskeleton of steel beams where the walls were. In this way, a visitor can stand back and view the four levels of the Mill working, while the whole is safe from the weather.

 

agri_equip_pic018

agri_equip_pic019

 

 

agri_equip_pic020

A Stencil for marking bags.

agri_equip_pic014

 

agri_equip_pic021

 

agri_equip_pic022

Included in the display must be the paperwork described above, amongst which are the complete records of every pound of meal it produced and a wonderful photo album.

agri_equip_pic023

  

  agri_equip_pic024

 agri_equip_pic025

  

Before leaving the area, we visited Ann Palmer, widow of the legendary Geoff Palmer, the guiding light behind the Bathurst Agricultural Museum. From there, we visited the Museum and were given a guided tour and entertained by the two Alan’s who are steering the Museum on a steady, uphill course!

agri_equip_pic026  

   agri_equip_pic027

  

 agri_equip_pic028

  

 agri_equip_pic029

 

agri_equip_pic030 

 

We were kindly put up and well fed at Peter and Michelle Elliott’s farm outside East London for the night, ready for our trips home.

Andy Selfe

16th May 2010