The Vintage Excavator Trust
The VET was established to preserve Britain's Engineering Heritage.
Most people can relate to the Navvies who built the canals and railways with pick and shovel or a modern machine working on a contruction site. However, there is little knowledge of what was in between.
That is where the Trust comes in.
Over the past 30 years the collection of Vintage Excavators has grown. Some machines are owned by the VET whilst others belong to individuals. Together they form a unique collection of some 80 machines.
The oldest is the 1909 built Ruston Proctor Number 306. This originally worked in a chalk pit in Bedfordshire. When the pit closed in 1931 it spent nearly 50 years underwater before being exctracted in 1977 by Ray Hooley.
A 30 minute film of this can be found below.
If you would like to become a member of the VET then please download the membership form.
The secretary, Pam Beaumont, can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ruston Proctor Steam Navvy restored to working order in 2015
Privately owned 19-RB and 10-RB at work in at the September Working Weekend 2016