Roadbuilding Construction Equipment at Work

Roadbuilding Construction Equipment at Work by Edgar Browning

Building the Early Interstate Highways through New England's Green Mountain

Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583882771
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
Series: At Work
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This photo essay details the construction of the original Interstate Highway System in Vermont’s picturesque and largely rural mountainous region through the late 1950s to late ‘70s. During this short time, contractor driven construction equipment innovation was remarkable: 2 1/2 cubic yard shovels were replaced with 4-8 yard shovels and then by massive wheel loaders up to 17 cubic yards; 15-22 ton rock trucks were upped to 50 tons; rudimentary spreading methods with dump trucks using tailgate chains were replaced with CMI Autogrades; and many contractors devised and built ingenious contraptions to increase production. The work attracted many large established road building firms from other States—Lane, Perini, Palazzi, L. G. Defelice, Green Construction from Des Moines, Iowa, as well as Cartier Construction, a division of McNamara from Montreal—seen here clearing and grubbing, pioneering, rock drilling, mucking peat bogs, and excavation sequences including trucks and shovels, loaders, pan scrapers, and a wheel excavator. The manufacturers of construction equipment constitute a virtual directory of the period; Caterpillar, Euclid, Allis-Chalmers, International, Dart, P&H, Bucyrus-Erie, Northwest, Lorain, Lima, Gradall, Barber-Greene, Blaw Knox, CMI, and more.

Edgar A. Browning was always fascinated with road building and construction equipment. He wrote his first story at the age of 14 for Northwest Engineering, a manufacturer of shovels and cranes. In addition to being a retired Homicide Detective and Supervisor, U.S. Army Engineer, and in the U.S. Navy Seabee Reserves, heÆs also owner of a small contracting firm engaged in excavating and concrete work.
Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583882771
Series: At Work
Illustrations: 250 b-w photos
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in x 0.375 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm x 9.525 mm
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