Bogged Tractor on the Causeymire , Caithness
Photograph courtesy of Billy Mackay, Portlethen, whose father and grandfather worked for the Forestry Commission.
This image shows the tractor just appearing above peat level the partially crushed and now windowless cab with windscreen wiper hanging uselessly in front. The tractor is being pulled up by three tractors via ropes through a set of large shearlegs specially designed for the job by the then North Scotland Conservancy Mechanical Engineer, Mark Fox.
Billy Mackay senior recalls ‘The tractor was then debogged using the specially designed A frame, but not without some drama of bursting a winch in the process. The debogged tractor was then skidded on plates to the edge of the now A9, pulled there by the rescue tractors. The whole job took 28 days and was rumoured to have cost more than the value of the tractor!’
The PDF contains other images (also see picture No 1854) and an enlarged view of the some of the recovery team. Can anyone indentify the individuals?
Can anyone else remember this event and the heroic recovery effort?
Picture added on 26 April 2013