LINCOLN’S EXCAVATORS: THE RUSTON BUCYRUS YEARS 1970 – 1985 This is the fourth and final volume in the illustrious series of books by Peter Robinson on the history of Ruston-Bucyrus and it’s antecendents published by Roundoak.
With the company now under total control of Bucyrus-Erie it’s future was now dictated from elsewhere and eventually, in 1985, the Ruston-Bucyrus company would close.
However, the two decades leading up to closure would see the emergence of some of it’s most memorable products. These included the 71-RB and 61-RB Excavators and their variants; The Cranes and Super Cranes; The Transit Cranes and Hydrocranes built on chassis from Foden, MOL, Faun and others; The Marine Cranes; The 190-4 Dynahoe – a possible challenger to JCB at the time; The 1965-B Mining Shovel and the 380-W, 480-W and 1260-W Walking Draglines – including ‘Little John’, ‘Big John’, The ‘Chevington Collier’ used in opencast mining here in the U.K. by NCB contractors – plus machines exported for use elsewhere.
During this period the company went through both good times, leading to expansion and the acquiring of the old Ruston Boiler Works, and the bad times with it’s recession and redundancies, plus boardroom upheavals and legal challenges by Sir Arnold Weinstock’s GEC. All these events are covered by the author in this volume. 336 pages, 500+ b/w pictures, hardback…………….
LINCOLN’S EXCAVATORS: THE RUSTON BUCYRUS YEARS 1945 – 1970. The third title in the illustrious Roundoak series and the latest title to be published by Nynehead Books under it’s Roundoak imprint, covers the R-B story from the post-war years up to the beginning of 1970s and the introduction of the company’s ultimately successful Hydraulic Excavator range. Machine types featured and described include the 54-RB, 38-RB, 22-RB, 30-RB, 100-RB, 150-RB, plus Piling machines, Tower Cranes and the development of Hydraulic Excavator and their early prototypes. The Hydraulic Excavators were initially based on unsatisfactory Bucyrus Erie designs but once the designers and engineers at Lincoln were allowed to have their head they came up with machines that proved well capable of meeting the demands of the day. The book also features developments within RB’s Lincoln Works as new bays were added to aid production plus a chapter featuring those carriers who hauled the RB machines from the works to customers, including Wimpey, Wynns, Pickfords, Hallett Silbermann, Elliotts and local operator Suthrells Transport. 336 pages, 500+b/w photos & illustrations. hardback. A Roundoak book.