HCEA Canada digs into the past


More than 1,000 people attended the Historical Construction Equipment Association Canada’s (HCEA Canada) Last Blast event held at the Simcoe County Museum in Minesing, Ont. on Oct. 14.

The event is one of the largest displays of working historical construction equipment in Canada.

The museum grounds and adjacent gravel pits hosted dozens of pieces of heritage equipment, including steam powered equipment, tractors, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading and hoisting machines.

The HCEA’s next public exhibit returns in the spring with Wheels & Tracks in Motion at the museum on June 9 and 10.

1. Cat D4

HCEA member Bruce Blacktopp operates his 1940s Caterpillar D4 with a Schulte hydraulic scraper.

2. Wabco 660B

HCEA member Bruce Blacktopp’s 1960s Wabco 660B road grader.

3. Northwest Model 25

A 1940s Northwest Model 25 shovel, owned by HCEA member Dalton Lowe, is operated by Jim Lowe.

4. Northwest Model 41

Jean Juneau, from Quebec, gets a lesson under the watchful eye of club director, Larry Dunlop on a 1950s Northwest Model 41 dragline. The machine is owned by HCEA Canada.

5. Cat D7

HCEA Canada member Art Van Camp drives his 1950s Caterpillar D7.

6. Cat D7

HCEA Canada member Ralph Thompson operates the group-owned 1940s Caterpillar D7 with Cat Model 60 scraper.

7. I-H tractor

HCEA member Fred Hermann uses a I-H tractor to deliver rocks to the group-owned 1920s Acme rock crusher.

8. TD14 bulldozer

HCEA Canada member Doug Sawyer operates the group’s 1950s International TD14 bulldozer.

9. Erie B steam shovel

A 1922 Erie B steam shovel digs in at the small gravel pit exhibit.

10. Another shot of the Erie B

A 1922 Erie B steam shovel digs in at the small gravel pit exhibit.