Small gravel pit Essex 1964

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Small gravel pit Essex 1964

Post #1 by essexpete » Sun Apr 07, 2024 11:50 pm

I recently came across some old cine footage, taken by my late uncle in 1964. The Pit was really set up in that guise by my late father, although Grandfather called the shots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3UPFstt5I4&t=327s

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Post #2 by Billy26F5 » Mon Apr 08, 2024 4:07 pm

Nice views, like the Major powered stuff there.
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Post #3 by Matchless?58 » Mon Apr 08, 2024 8:32 pm

Nice one Pete . Particularly like the footage of the lorry being loaded . I was 6 in 1964 and I used to stand and watch scenes like that whenever I could . I was totally in awe of the men and the machines they were driving. Those were the days when you could let your kids play in the streets so our little gang used to wander around all the time watching different stuff happening in our local area. Happy days .


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Post #4 by essexpete » Tue Apr 09, 2024 1:03 am

Matchless?58 wrote:Nice one Pete . Particularly like the footage of the lorry being loaded . I was 6 in 1964 and I used to stand and watch scenes like that whenever I could . I was totally in awe of the men and the machines they were driving. Those were the days when you could let your kids play in the streets so our little gang used to wander around all the time watching different stuff happening in our local area. Happy days .


I was 4 in late '64, I barely remember that immediate era. When Dad sold the pit, to a larger company, the man levelling off the load on the 6 wheeler carried on working for him for another 10 years. I spent many a day on a succession of tippers with dear old Norman. No one batted an eye at a primary school kid levelling off or having a wander around the plant. I don't think i was ever in any danger, I had grown up with it and knew where to stand, where not to walk, and to make sure a driver knew where you were.


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Post #5 by Matchless?58 » Tue Apr 09, 2024 8:15 pm

Trouble is these days they don't credit kids with having any commen sense so they are not allowed to do anything and because they are under the constant watch of the risk aversion police they never learn anything about risk taking . Not saying it was a perfect world because it wasn't but I'm glad i grew up then .

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Post #6 by XS650 » Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:40 am

Great little film.
The guy on the dumper at 1.47 has great faith in the dragline operators accuracy :D
I see your uncle had a front wheel drive Weatherill.

If you were buying a 2wd loader back then
Is a front wheel drive better than a rear wheel drive?

I can see pros and cons with both.

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