The earth moves. . . again

The author who enjoyed success with a book on Scottish earthmoving equipment has widened his coverage with a follow-up.

Following the success of ‘Earthmovers in Scotland’, engineer and freelance photojournalist David Wylie is to self-publish ‘Earthmovers in UK & Germany’ focusing on what he describes as “some of the biggest, best and historically-significant pieces of earthmoving equipment ever produced”.

The publication brings together Wylie’s reports on company histories, operators, managers and owners’ views on machines such as a 115-tonne Komatsu D475A-5 dozer and the last two remaining 520-tonne O&K RH200s operating as a team in Europe, working for Banks Mining in Northumberland.

There are reports on factory visits to Caterpillar Mining where the world’s biggest hydraulic excavator is built and to Komatsu Germany Mining to drive its PC4000-11. The book examines the two German factories’ historical links with the UK and the development of landmark machines such as O&K’s RH300 and the Demag H255S.

Also covered are large excavators adapted for the demolition industry and timber harvesters.

‘Earthmovers in UK & Germany’ includes more than 400 photographs and will be available to purchase direct from Wylie in time for Christmas.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 30/8/2019