Eric contacted me recently, and asked if I'd
be interested in some pictures of a dragline he first saw years ago,
and had recently tracked down again. Well it didn't take me long to
write him back with a definite yes.
The pictures are of "The
Appalachian Lady" A Bucyrus Erie 1260W walking dragline.
According to George Anderson's
Book, ( 100 booming years, A History Of The Bucyrus Erie Company),
the machine was bought new by the
" K&J " coal
company. It started work in May 1978 near Westover, Pennsylvania. The
Lady carried a 260' Boom and swung a 32 yard bucket.
From the location of the town
of westover, I'd say that the Lady was stripping bituminous, from one
of the deep mines in the area.