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Recovered long track County Tractor, Caithness
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No: 4001   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1968
Recovered long track County Tractor, Caithness

This excellent image is provided by Innes Miller of Mybster area, Caithness and shows a Long wide tracked County ploughing tractor being loaded onto Forestry Commission low loader for delivery to the main FC workshops in Inverness for strip down and repair.

The tractor had been ploughing at Bad a Cheo, a special forest research area on deep soft peat, on the Causeymire when it 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 and 1855.

Innes recalls that the one of the wide tracks was taken off to allow safe transport of the machine on the relatively narrow roads. Can anyone name the low loader driver?

The attached PDF shows more of the County on the lorry.

Of interest also in the little glimpse of the tracks of a special excavator brought in to assist. Most likely it ran over a series of digger mats as can be seen in beside the lorry trailer but note the track plate construction consisting of wood covered with metal probably aluminium – very similar to the T500 light weight ploughing tractor. See record No 3994 for another partial view of the excavator. Can anyone provide any information on this machine and its type?
Picture added on 26 March 2018 at 20:38
add commentComments:
Please see David's comments in 3994. As he says the sprocket, or what can be seen of it, looks like that of a County. The cab construction looks a bit home made but has no windows which points to a slew or turning cab. Very strange indeed! Any other ideas?

Added by Norman Davidson on 03 April 2018.
The cab has got a bit battered, if you Google "Scottish Aviation cab" you will see other examples in a similar style.

Added by Jimmy Thain on 27 April 2018.
Wonderful picture.What a machine with such history. Love it!

Added by George Little on 23 September 2018.
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