Television Debut – Impossible Engineering With A Steam Shovel!

8 months ago I undertook maybe my biggest challenge I was contacted by Impossible Engineering to appear on their Tv show talking about steam shovels.

Having never done TV presenting I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was told it was only a short segment but to expect being filmed for the whole day. We filmed at Statforld Barn Railway ( https://statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk ) which is a great place and well worth a visit.

I was presented with a script and a steam shovel, overwhelmed and amazingly excited I went to work!

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The steam shovel is an extraordinary piece of engineering there is only one person who can operate it at Statfold and after sitting in it I can fully understand why!

Screen Shot from the show

The 1915 steam shovel runs off only three levers and a break but the pressure needed to push the break alone is huge! Let alone play the balance off between the leavers, push her too much and the beam can fly back through the cab. No backstop or alarms here! The rope can also just fly off if you don’t get the balance right, you need to feel at one with the machine. 

Screen Shot from the show

Like a huge smoking dragon it’s super hot in there and it takes too people to make the machine work, at the boiler end it can reach 45 degrees!

I finished my day covered in grease dirt and coal but it was fabulous. 

Presenting was something that was far harder than I imagined too we spent all day recording what will only probably be a 5-10 min segment, really great to get an insight into these things and I totally loved it.

Screen Shot from the show

It’s an episode that looks at China and how they move vast amounts of water from the wet south to the dry north. Season 5 Episode 14

I pop up at around 31mins into the episode if anyone wants a look. CLICK HERE

Thank you to Impossible Engineering for giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part.

Building the Liebherr LR1280 Conrad crane model

Amazingly complex model with amazingly simple instructions, for a fool like me who has never made a model it was slightly challenging.

I gave it a good go but the ropes were so fiddly this is now a two part video so I present you, part one!

Filming lifting technician apprentices at Battersea, London.

So on Friday we filmed some of our Select Plant Hire Lifting Technician Apprentices on a very windy platform at the Northern Line Extension.

It’s was great to hear of some of our past apprentices experiences of the scheme and a great insight into them personally.

I was one of the first lifting technicians to join via the apprenticeship in October 2014 and it completely changed my life, from recruitment consultant to crane operator.

Since then we have put over 100 apprentices through this amazing apprenticeship, our lifting techs have worked on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK!

Impressive! I’m hoping this video will be a great tool to tell others about our apprenticeship.

A Look at the Terex CTT202 tower crane

While at Bauma I visited the Terex stand with Select Plant Hire to see the launch of the new CT202 Tower crane, featuring new telematics and a new cab.