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Archive footage on the building of the M1 motorway

Digger Blogger | 17:12, Fri January 04 2013

This video was recently posted on my Facebook page by regular Digger Blog reader Geraint Jones.

This 1958 information film footage on the building of the M1 motorway, was made by the John Laing film unit and features some classic old machines from the Caterpillar, Euclid, Ruston Bucyrus and International stables. A wide variety of machines are included in the film including dozers, dumpers, dragline/cranes, graders, scrapers, rollers and much more, in an intriguing all our yesterday's style. It's well worth 18 minutes of anyone's time, and not a Hi-Viz jacket in sight, just the traditional donkey jacket that were the norm in those days! How did we ever manage to survive on site without all today's PPE!

 

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Enjoy the video. 

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