The City of Lincoln is undergoing a period of change greater than at any other time in its long history and with these changes the tangible evidence of its great engineering past is rapidly disappearing. This book, with many photographs reproduced from original glass plate negatives, is a record of just a small part of a great industrial tradition that created in the phrase 'Made in Lincoln' a byword for engineering excellence around the globe.
For the Excavator enthusiast this first volume of Lincoln's Excavators offers a valuable reference to one of the world's leading manufacturers and a pictorial account of its products in the period from the first Lincoln built Steam Navvy in 1875 to the formation of Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd. in 1930, at which point a new era in the story of Lincoln built excavators begins.
Throughout this early period, Lincoln's excavators were produced by one Lincoln manufacturer and though the name of the company changed from Ruston Proctor to Ruston & Hornsby, the excavators which represented only a part of that company's products were known throughout the world as 'Ruston' Excavators.
There are supermarkets now where once Excavators were built and the only evidence of their passing are the pictures on the cafe walls. This book tells the story behind those pictures, of the factory, the machines, and the people who built them.