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North West 78 Dragline.

  • 12/30/2014 11:23 PM
    Message # 3178627

    Several years ago I found my 78 half buried in the muskeg up at Rainbow Lake, Alberta.

    It has sunk to the table, the tracks were covered and the trees had grown up through it.

    We got her out and home to safe ground but I've had a hard time finding any information on the 78's. I was told it is a 1942. Any thoughts?


  • 01/01/2015 7:35 PM
    Reply # 3179346 on 3178627

    I have the book The Story of Northwest Engineering Company and just looked the 78 up and the only mention of it was as a 2 yard machine didn't say shovel or dragline.  First manufactured in 1931.  The best I can figure is it became the 80D.  I know that's not much help.

  • 01/02/2015 10:02 AM
    Reply # 3179522 on 3178627

    Thanks Don for taking the time to look it up and respond! It all helps build a picture of the past.



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