We enjoyed fine, sunny weather for our first Open Day of the year, which was attended by around one hundred and eighty visitors, including a coach party of around fifty enthusiasts from Peterborough Farm Machinery Preservation Society. Apart from the obvious attraction of Oddball itself, the demonstration by Working Models in the Substation drew an appreciative audience. DVDs of Draglines in action were running, and many photographs were also on display.
On Saturday 28th March, a group of members had a maintenance session at St Aidans, doing various jobs around the machine, strimming weeds and generally tidying up. This was followed by our 2015 AGM which took place in the Substation. Ten Members were in attendance. Thanks were extended to those Members who had worked very hard to organise the laying-on of a permanent electricity supply to the site, which will make our Events easier to run, now that we no longer need to transport generators and fuel to the site every time. Plans were finalised for the first Open Day of the year, due to take place on Saturday 18th April. All Committee Members were re-elected for a further year.
Come and see the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe.
Look all round outside and see the giant 25 cubic yard bucket.
Go inside the machine and see all the motors and winding gear.
Sit in the driver’s seat!
Walk the length of the jib!
See working models and video displays in the substation.
Our dates for 2015 are:
- Saturday 18th April
- Saturday 13th June
- Saturday 12th September
- Sunday 13th September
We are open from 2pm to 4pm on each of these days. Admission is free and there is parking on site. For directions and map, please see our “Find Us” page.