If it's the same one, had a 240hp 5 cyl Ruston engine, used to have a placard in the park near it, giving a few details about the Murrumbidgee Irrigation channels.
Think the kicked off in the mid thirties, that dragline may not date to exactly then, but would have done a lot of the channelling around there.
When there were still a couple of old truck stops at Narranderra, under the elevated rail bridge, now all sadly gone, used to be some old photos on the walls of some of the channels where they crossed the Sturt Highway around Darlington Point and the Birdcage.
Just as an aside, wasn't all that unusual to see blokes windsurfing on those channels, especially on the weekends.
I went to possibly the first vehicle show at Colleambally about 30 years ago. The venue was not as neat and tidy as it is now. The dragline had the information board but had not been painted. They started it with a Holden motor with belts to the crankshaft, as they had no air start set up.
The walking dragline at the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Society grounds is a different type, came from the open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley and was restored by HCVCA member Warrick Bryce.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,
Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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