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1 year 11 months ago #223998 by seyser
6-29-40
Levi H Yerger
Lititz, Pa

Caterpillar Diesel D2 tractor and LaPlant-Choate roadbuilder removing silt from creek bottom on a farm near Mt. Joy, Pa. This location in the stream is used as a ford for automobiles. The material is moved to the bank then loaded into trucks. Tractor working 10 hours a day on about 6 cents worth of fuel per hour.
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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #223999 by seyser
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1946
Michigan TR. & MCHY. CO.
Caterpillar diesel D4 tractor with trackson pipe-layer working on Marquette R.R. near Howell, Michigan.
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1 year 11 months ago #224050 by seyser
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11-2-51
Loop of 20-ton anchor chain is pulled by four Caterpillar D8 tractors to clear Ceylon jungle for Gal Oya project. Area to right has already been cleared by chain.
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1 year 11 months ago #224072 by Deas Plant.
Hi, seyser.
Didda bitta that in my younger days, used everything from D4s to D8s. The 2 X D8s once took down 6,500 acres in 5 X 13-hour days - around 100 acres an hour.

It sure does help if you have a good man on the other tractor. LOL.

Just my 0.02. Thanks for sharing.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.
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1 year 11 months ago #224084 by seyser
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Hi Deas,

I’ll bet that was quite a job. Sounds like those D8’s would move at a pretty good pace.
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1 year 11 months ago #224091 by seyser
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August 15, 1947
Laying rails on new grade to serve roundhouse for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (Pere Marquette District) Diesel locomotives in the "Wyoming" yards at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Caterpillar D4 tractor equipped with Hyster side boom handles 39' rails weighing 110 lbs. per foot. The D4 also works with stoneboat to distribute material for new trackage.
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1 year 11 months ago #224133 by aaronloyet
Great photos! Love seeing the one in Mt Joy, that is close by me in Lancaster :)
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1 year 11 months ago #224138 by Deas Plant.
Hi, seyser.
It was all 2nd gear work with 2 X 270 hp powershift D8Hs pulling 600 feet of 2 1/2" chain cutting around 400 feet wide in scrub 10 to 12 feet high - mostly only got to see each other at the end of each run. THAT is when you REALLY need a good man on the other tractor.

Just my 0.02.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.
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1 year 11 months ago #224155 by seyser
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December 31, 1942
Caterpillar D8 tractor unloading scraper from rail car.
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1 year 11 months ago #224248 by seyser
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