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Bogged County Tractor site, Caithness
Forestry Memories
No: 3994   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1968
Bogged County Tractor site, Caithness

This excellent is image provided by Innes Miller of Mybster area, Caithness and shows a rope operated excavator trying to tidy the site where the Country Tractor bogged or the exit point where it was hauled out. The incident occurred at Bad a Cheo, a special forest research area on deep soft peat, on the Causeymire in Caithness when the County tractor bogged and then sank below the surface. It was pulled a distance of 80 metres at a depth of around 7 meters under the peat before it was lifted towards the surface via special shear legs. The incident is also recorded in Forestry Memories record No 141, 143, 1854, 1855 and 4001.


No doubt the Forest Research team would have been keen to get the damaged area drained a little to avoid any mishaps at a later date. It is evident from the photograph the how wet and soft the peat became when it was disturbed and lost its structure which had been undisturbed for millennia.

This jib of the excavator is seen here but unfortunately not the body. In image No 4001 there was a glimpse of the very light weight tracks made of wood covered with possibly aluminium.

Can anyone provide any more information on this machine, its type and who owned it?
Picture added on 26 March 2018 at 10:07
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Going by what we can see it looks like a Priestman boom, and is not the small, lightweight, Cub model, as it didn't have a taper on the main boom, so possibly a Wolf or a Lion - heavy machines to put on a bog.

As to the tracks, I've had a look at the other photo and I'm sceptical that the tracks shown are fitted to this excavator, as back then excavators were fitted with 'Navvy' tracks where the pads were hinged together not 'tractor' type tracks where the pads are carried on a separate track chain as appears to be the case in the picture. Looking at the drive sprocket in the photograph it looks like it could be a modified County, but the panel on the machine looks like neither excavator nor County.

Added by David Shearer on 02 April 2018.
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