British Opencast Coal: A Photographic History 1942-1985

August 25, 2016

The Historical Construction Equipment Association has a new book to offer, British Opencast Coal: A Photographic History 1942-1985, written by Keith Haddock.

British Opencast Coal is an illustrated history of coal mining by surface methods from 1942 to 1985. The book details the origins of the industry and documents the types of earthmoving machines employed during the first 40 years.

Four draglines ready to start work at Tarmac's Ponkey opencast coal site in North Wales, 1946.

The book includes a chronological history, chapters on walking draglines and hydraulic excavators, and detailed looks at the operations of ten major surface mines in England, Scotland and Wales

British Opencast Coal highlights the importance of surface coal mining operations and site restoration, and their necessity for the British economy. Meticulously researched, the facts, figures, and data covered are taken from the author's extensive collection of magazine articles, newspaper cuttings, and manufacturers' machine brochures/specifications. British Opencast Coal also draws on research conducted at numerous site visits, representing a cross section of geologically different locations.

This is the twelfth book on heavy earthmoving machinery by Haddock. Hardbound, 244 pages, 364 B&W photos. Visit the HCEA website at to order.