East Leeds: ‘Oddball’ the giant dragline excavator to go on show

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The largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe will be coming to Swillington this summer.

Visitors will be given the chance to get behind the wheel and explore the enormous mining machine.

It will be on show on June 14 and September 13 and 14 on Astley Lane from 2pm to 4pm..

The post World War II dragline is an exacavator that was designed for surface mining and civil engineering. The machine, nicknamed ‘Oddball’, arrived from America in the 90s with two other identical machines.

While exploring the machines, it became obvious that Oddball was run on a different system, hence its nickname.

Mary McNulty, 62, Secretary of Friends of Saint Aidan’s Walking Dragline, said; “Visitors can go right up to it.

“They can touch it and sit in the driver’s seat.

“The events in the past have been well-attended and everyone enjoyed it.

“I was amazed myself the first time I went to how big the dragline is.”

Visitors will also be given an information sheet on the machine.

Admission is free to all the events.

If you would like any more information on the event, please call Mary on 07 714022628.

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