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Morning heat up at Glentress Forest
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No: 4180   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1981
Morning heat up at Glentress Forest

The photographs are courtesy of Stuart Mitchell, Peebles area, who formerly worked at Glentress Forest.

Lovely image of hot and cold parts of the morning as the men and operators await the start up of machines with flat batteries. The second skidder probably had to be brought in from a nearby forest to help with the recovery of the Volvo BM clambunk skidder.

The man at the fire is Gordon Ferguson and Dave Forrest is using the chainsaw. He is kitted out for chainsaw work with the appropriate safety boots, trousers and helmet complete with face guard. He is most likely a chainsaw feller. Is that a Husqvarna saw?

Gordon Ferguson has no face guard or chainsaw boots and could be one of the tractor skidder operators – can anyone confirm?

Note the skidder in the back ground which has a Ford tractor base unit still in original blue paint indicating that this was not made by James Jones at Larbert. This skidder registration number is RUC31R.
Picture added on 20 August 2018 at 08:32
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The machine in the background is a Falstone Skidder built to Forestry Commission design by JHB Implements of Ickburgh in Norfolk.

Added by David McQuillan on 20 August 2018.
It is a Husqvarna, it looks like a 266 which were widely used by the F.C.

Added by Ian on 23 August 2018.
Gordon was the Skidder operator used to Skid my timber.

Added by Allan Dickie on 24 August 2018.
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