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Fowler Tractor and Cuthbertson ‘F’ type plough
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No: 2086   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1947
Fowler Tractor and Cuthbertson ‘F’ type plough

Forestry Commission copyright images of Forest Research photographs courtesy of Glenn Brearley, Roslin. Nil Ref No

No reference details given other than ‘Taken by Mr Skinner Dec 1947.’ A small additional note ‘Type F plus anchor’.

There is little in background detail to suggest a location but the standing man has some mechanical objective in view as he is ready with a spanner. The rear sign indicates a Fowler Tractor but model not shown but could be FT3? Can anyone confirm?

The writing on the side of the homemade cab appears to read:
James A Cuthbertson
Drainage Engineers

The large sheet of metal lashed to the plough frame would appear to be the ground anchor mentioned and most likely would have to be dug into the peat to give the required resistance. In view just appearing out of the top of the large plough draining head can be seen the handle of a draining rutter which would do the job. Obviously a self contained draining unit with plenty of spare rope and well used to working alone on the hills.Could this be a trial 'Forestry plough head' as opposed to the draining head?

Can anyone name either man?
Picture added on 13 January 2014
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What is the model of tractor?

Added by Charlie on 28 November 2018.
Charlie - I have had a look again at the photograph and see that FOWLER appears to be written on the back of the driver's seat. Which model or type I do not know but does not look like the usual Fowler machines with the distinctive large vertical exhaust with cone shaped top. Does anyone know this machine type?

I have just noted that there appears to be some type of wheel revolution counter fixed on frame of plough above the left wheel.

Added by Norman Davidson on 29 November 2018.
This tractor is a Fowler FD4. Roughly Cat D4 size.
Nothing to do with the Track marshall range of single cylinder two stroke tractors.
Fowler made a range of 2, 3 and 4 cylinder diesel
tractors called FD2, FD3 and FD4. THIS was the FD4
On the next photo in the series you can see the tractor more clearly (note the unusual air ducts on the engine side covers.

Added by Ian Cameron on 12 January 2019.
Where can I find the next photo ian

Added by Charlie wilson on 13 January 2019.
Hi Charlie Wilson.
Above each photo, on the top right hand corner there is a search box. type in 2089 and click search
and the photo will come up.

Added by Ian Cameron on 14 January 2019.
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