A Picture Perfect Historical Construction Equipment Association Show


| March/April 1995



Bucyrus-Erie 50-B steam shovel

5725 Belleview Road Petersburg, Kentucky 41080

Antique construction equipment enthusiasts came from far and near to attend the Historical Construction Equipment Association's 9th annual convention and 3rd outdoor equipment show September 23-25 in Petersburg, Kentucky.

The event was held along the banks of the Ohio River at Belleview Sand and Gravel, Inc., owned and operated by Bill Rudicill. He and his brother Jim Rudicill were convention co-chairmen, and they greeted guests from as far away as New Zealand and as near as next door. Nearly 5,000 people from 30 states and six different countries enjoyed displays, equipment, and hospitality, not to mention a picturesque view of scenery and machinery.

The old-iron Paradise offered more than 144 pieces of old and unusual equipment for visitors to study and some even to operate. Equipment exhibitors actually shared their 'toys' and allowed other antique equipment operators to play in the sand. Consequently, the convention site was affectionately referred to during the show as the sand box.

Show co-hosts Jim and Bill Rudicill discuss plans in front of Bill's 1929 Bucyrus-Erie 50-B steam shovel.

The HCEA Easy Diggin' Chapter of Mt. Hope, New Jersey, was well represented with Gary Mahan of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and Bill Amaducci of Martin Lakes, New Jersey, hauling in two tractor trailer loads of antique equipment. One of the most unusual items operating was Gary Martin's 1922 Linn track truck, while Bill Amaducci pushed dirt all weekend with his TD6 International bulldozer. The HCEA's 1926 K-2 Link-Belt 'Big Bertha,' restored by the Maumee Valley Chapter, was a wonderful addition as a working attraction at the show. Tom Pierce of Blissfield, Michigan, also brought in several pieces from the Maumee Valley Chapter on his restored B-613 Mack tractor. A tractor trailer load even arrived a few days early as Dennis Payne of Shandon, Ohio, hauled in his fleet of brightly painted orange equipment, including a 1938 Allis-Chalmers M bulldozer with a Baker blade and a rare 1931 LeBlond Schact dump truck built in Cincinnati, Ohio. Harold Hafner of Cincinnati also displayed a LeBlond Schact truck, an AB Mack truck and a Bucyrus-Erie 15B shovel. Employees of the Bucyrus-Erie Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended the show and were very interested in Bill Rudicill's Bucyrus-Erie collection. His most intriguing piece is his 1929 BE 50-B steam shovel which greeted visitors as they entered the show site.