New version Cablecrane in operation
Photograph courtesy of David Foot, Surrey.
The location is not known but definitely somewhere in South Scotland and is a rare image of an early prototype Cable Crane system. The type of tower assembly built onto a Massey Ferguson tractor (Reg No OGS128H) is not recognised but could be a prototype tower and cable system by Grant Smith of Killin.
The tower top with double ended pulley bar appears to have a raising or heightening mechanism but that may not be the case. Not sure what the function of the topmost pole or bar performs.
Some of the men appear to be crosscutting the extracted timber into Bowater pulp lengths.
Any information on the winch, the operators and the location would be very welcome indeed.
Picture added on 26 May 2016 at 16:13