There now follows a Public Service Announcement from the Department of Giant Walking Robots

Last September I posted about the amazing preserved walking dragline excavator at St Aidan’s, near Leeds, which I discovered through the Heritage Open Days scheme.

If you missed that opening, there’s another chance to explore it this weekend, from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 17 April 2010. More details on the website of the Friends of St. Aidan’s BE1150 Dragline.

You should go. After all it’s not every day you get to climb inside a giant walking robot and this one, according to the volunteers who look after it, is the largest of its kind in Western Europe.

[It’s hard to appreciate the scale from a photo on a blog. For comparison, I include the profile image of @miniexcavators, who started following me the other day after I mentioned the open day on Twitter. Nice try, guys, but not even close.


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