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IH 495 Scraper at Twizel, NZ


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Hello all, here are a couple photos of a 495 scraper set up on blocks in the town of Twizel, located in the central region of New Zealand's South Island. A large fleet of these cable operated scrapers were used to construct several hydro electric power projects in the Waitaki River Basin during the 1960's and 70's. These machines were eventually replaced with a fleet of 15 IH 295 scrapers. These 3 axle scrapers were powered by the DT817 engine with 5 speed Allison powershift transmission. Smooth to drive on a good road and steered as good as a truck and one day while I was being escorted driving down the main highway on a very slight down slope, my escort driver assured me that I was sitting on about 50mph or 80Kph. I spent some time maintaining these machines before they were pensioned off. How-ever 2 that I know of got written off due to jack knifing on icy roads and another one was converted into a prime-mover to transport giant fabricated steel powerstation penstock pipes.

 

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Very interesting , Great Pics  !!   Thanks for posting John

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Hi, Aussie John.

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing. There weren't a lot of them made it DowNunda, probably more of them in NZ..

If your machinery interests are widespread, there is a man at Brookstead, Robert Elsden, who 1 X Euclid TC12 almost complete and ready to run, another short of 2 X 6-71 GM 'driptroits' and some TLC and 2 more frames and tracks needing engines and a LOTTTT of TLC. There were only 6 of them came into Downunda new and I know where 5 of them are now. The 6th seems to have gone to scrap as I can find no evidence that it still exists.

There is also a chapter of the 'opposition antique yellow iron' club with a some members active around your way.

 

Just my 0.02. Thanks again.

 

 

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Don't you just love those yellow tires? 

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