The S.E. Davis & Son collection was started by by Mr Davis owner of the S.E. Davis & Son Ltd, a firm of earth moving contractors and quarry operators of Astwood Bank, Redditch. The firm of S.E.Davis & Son are a company with a long history of supplying machines for hire & contract quarry operations. The family also has a growing collection of Classic preserved machines, and hold regular open days to allow people to view there construction plant (museum) collection. They are trying to get planning permission to build a new Shed to store the collection in. This must be one of the biggest collections in the UK. (In excess of 200 machines were on view at this years Vintage gathering, a lot in ex works condition awaiting restoration, but a large number are in running order. 2 sheds were crammed full of mainly crawler machines, and a similar area of machines like motor scrapers and Draglines sat outside in the yard.)

They have displayed several machines at the SED show on the construction charity "the Light House" stand over the last few years. This year (2008) displaying an Allen Trencher.

SE Davis 30 RB and other Face Shovels (2008)

Current Preservation Fleet[edit | edit source]

Note: This is just a small selection of the collection that have been featured in the press. The Two sheds contain about 50 machine in each and the surrounding yard probably has the same again at least with some very interesting machines in the undergrowth. Some reports[1] say the family has collected about 480 machines !!

Steam Engine collection[edit | edit source]

Fowler Steam Engine & cable pulled Cultivator (Astwood Bank Vintage Show 2008).

Victory at the Black Country Steam Event 2010

Caterpillar fleet[edit | edit source]

Cat Dozer with CCU Blade & Fordson Tractor in 2008

Dragline / crane fleet[edit | edit source]

Other Makes[edit | edit source]

Tractors & Trucks[edit | edit source]

Modern Fleet[edit | edit source]

A Finlay Screener, one of several units and crushers parked in the yard.

Bulk trailer tanker for site use. (often used for dust suppression)

The company of S.E. Davis & Son Ltd has a large modern fleet of machines employed in its quarry operations and recycling operations, as well as contract hire to other quarries and civil engineering contractors for bulk excavation works.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Old Glory Magazine, no.267, May 2012
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