P&H Model 1055 cable shovel

P&H cable shovel

Pictured here in the late 1950s is a P&H Model 1055 cable shovel at work removing overburden at the Cassiar Mountain Asbestos Mine in Northern British Columbia.

The mine started as a surface mine, eventually becoming an underground operation near the end of its 40-year run due to the safety concerns of asbestos.

Pawling & Harnischfeger (P&H), established in the late 1800s, manufactured a wide variety of cranes, shovels, welders, trenchers and overhead cranes. The Model 1055 cable shovel, introduced in the early 1950s, was rated at a 3.5 cubic metre bucket capacity. It was equipped with an innovative “Magnetorque” swing system that eliminated the swinger friction components. A rugged rock shovel, its operating weight was more than 100 tons.

The International Model 95 Payhauler being loaded was rated at a 24-tonne capacity. During this same era the Hamilton, Ontario International Harvester plant began assembling the Model 95 Payhauler for the Canadian market. The shop-built addition to the cab shield was a unique solution.

This year, the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA Canada) will hold two events, Wheels & Tracks event in June and the Last Blast event in October. Both events are held at the Simcoe County Museum, near Barrie.

To see more than 60 pieces of vintage construction equipment in action be sure to attend. HCEA Canada is a proud Heritage Partner of the Simcoe County Museum. Visit HCEACanada.org for more information.