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Highland Bear Forwarder – Panmure Estate
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No: 2947   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1975
Highland Bear Forwarder – Panmure Estate

Photograph courtesy of Leslie Phillip, Perth who worked on Panmure Estate near Carnoustie for about 8 years. At that time the Estate had a team of about seven men working in the extensive woods and a further three in the saw mill.

This James Jones build Highland Bear forwarder MSR848P was driven from new for around seven years by Leslie and did much of the timber extraction on the Estate as well as running timber to the Estate sawmill. Here the machine is extracting line first thinnings in Sitka spruce and the PDF shows the same machine unloading pulp at roadside.
Picture added on 27 April 2015
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Note no doors on the cab yet these were fitted later a blessed relief from being smacked in the face with spruce branches.

Added by on 24 December 2016.
I remember a strange find in a remote part of a first thinnings plot on Panmure estate in the 1970s, on crossing one of the many ditches with the forwarder I could see a rusty metal object lying length ways in the ditch after removing it with the grab it turned out to be the back axle and two iron wheels of a Fordson f, no idea how it got there or how long it had been there.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 06 November 2017.
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