The Norwegian town of Tromsø, renowned as a good spot for viewing the Northern Lights, is the second largest urban conurbation in the Arctic Circle.
Here, more than 1,000 miles north of Oslo, locals ‘enjoy’ six months of perpetual daylight followed by six months of perpetual night.
It’s a challenging environment for construction machinery too, with extreme weather and sometimes limited parts availability.
J Mould is a specialist demolition, decontamination and recycling contractor of more than 45 years’ standing.
It has more than 80 bits of kit for demolition and haulage, including a fleet of twenty-nine 360 excavators and and forty wagons.
Family-owned and managed, the company is said to be known for its innovative approach to industry challenges.
The UK’s first Doosan DX235LCR-5 excavator has been bought and put to work by JJ Mullins (CE) Ltd, based in Farnworth, Greater Manchester.
The DX235LCR-5 is Doosan’s new 24-tonne reduced-radius crawler excavator. It was supplied by local distributor Norwest Plant.
Doosan says that this model gives “superior digging performance together with flexibility, convenience and low operating costs in a compact design”. But more significant than all this is the near-zero tailswing. It has been designed specifically to meet demand for reduced radius machines for working near buildings and in confined areas, which by all accounts is a growing market as developers look to build on ever more confined sites alongside roads and railway lines. The DX235LCR-5 has a minimum swing radius of 2310 mm.
Earthworks subcontractor MJ Church has put a fleet of 15 new Hitachi Zaxis-5 medium excavators to work upgrading a 13.4-mile stretch of the M3 through Hampshire and Surrey.
MJ Church is working on the M3 smart motorway project for Balfour Beatty, which was awarded the £129m main contract by Highways England back in July 2014.
The machines on the job are ten ZX210LC-5 excavators, four ZX130LCN-5s and a ZX350LC-5.
The photo below shows Caterpillar tractors and LeTourneau scrapers at Tarmac’s Garden Lodge opencast site near Chirk in North Wales in 1946. The machines include 7M and 3T series D7s and 1H and 8R series D8s.
It comes from a new book called British Opencast Coal: a photographic history 1942-1985.
So you can forget your John Lewis telescope and your Eau de Sauvage from Boots. This is what every Digger Blog reader needs to be asking for this Christmas.