Restored Buffalo gearbox returns home

It’s been less than a year since the Buffalo was pulled out of the ground and the restored gearbox has been re-installed into the Buffalo with the help of DB Santasolo.

As Daniel Abbott chairman of the Crowland Buffalo LVT said “It was great weather for the installation, with clear blue skies. I arrived on-site at 7am and finished at 6pm but we had a cracking day and it’s starting to look like a Buffalo at last. Thanks to Crowland Cranes, the team from David Brown, Mark Ingram and Josh for their help.”

Matthew from DB Santasolo said in a BBC Look North news report about the restoration: “It was a very smelly process, the water that had been in there was stagnant. I looked at it and thought this was never going to work, but once all the mud was cleared off the gears they came up like new and I thought we may actually be able to get this working.”

Work is ongoing to get the engine running and we hope to achieve this by the end of this year. The original engine was beyond restoration so a new one was shipped in from the USA, it still though needs a lot of work to get it to where we can install it into the Buffalo.

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