George Logue’s Collection of Antique Caterpillar Tractors

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Howard Cumnings

Beech Hill Road New Ashford, MA 01237

Here in northwestern Massachusetts I heard numerous remarks
about a fellow down in Pennsylvania by the name of George Logue who
has the largest collection of old Caterpillar tractors and
equipment on the east coast. I never did hear where it was located
until someone told me he thought it was in Williamsport. A call to
the Williamsport information operator produced two numbers for
George Logue, one at Williamsport and one at Trout Run about 20
miles north. After a pleasant call to Mr. Logue, I received an
invitation to visit his Trout Run collection. On the date agreed
upon, my wife and I met a most genial host with the kind of
personality which leads to the early use of first names. The
personally conducted tour impressed even my wife who is about as
interested in old tractors as I am in dressmaking. George is a busy
excavating road and bridge building contractor and owner and
operator of an asphalt hot mixing plant at Williamsport. When his
father passed away in 1977 he took over the home farm at Trout Run
about 15 miles north of Montoursville. This is his hideaway and
home for his antiques.

It all started in 1932 when his father bought a used Caterpillar
10 for use on the farm and from then on it has been Caterpillar all
the way. When he started the contracting business the first piece
of equipment was a Caterpillar 933 Loader.

After taking over the farm he and his brother built roads, ponds
and a small grass strip airfield (they both own planes and George
has a Beech Craft Baron that he uses for business trips and
searches for old Cats.)

In the interim the tractor collection was growing, so a 60′
x 200′ foot building was constructed. It now houses about 50
pieces of Caterpillar equipment in from good to excellent condition
all painted and neatly displayed. I counted 30 tractors that I
would classify as antiques from the Holt 2 and 5 ton, the
Caterpillar (Best-Cat) 60 and 30 followed by the entire number
series that started in 1928 that is the 10 (the original 10
previously mentioned) and the 15,20, 22,25, 28, 30, 35,50,60,65, 70
and 75 including both the 65 gas and the 65 diesel and several
variations of the other models all capped by one of the first D
8’s. The 8’s are still in use but there is quite a
difference between this model and today’s. There are several
other pieces of Caterpillar equipment, including power plants and
generators, an early model tractor-drawn elevating grader-loader in
operating condition, and a tractor drawn road grader that looks
like it just came out of the factory. The elevating grader-loader
was considered the ultimate in earth moving equipment in the
’20’s. They had their own power plant and were drawn by one
and at times two Caterpillar 60’s. They could cut, pick up and
side load a horse-drawn dump wagon in the blink of an eye and could
maintain a continuous circuit of these dump wagons. Reo, Ford Model
A and other makes of dump trucks replaced the horse-drawn dump
wagon, but late as 1956 these same loaders hauled by a D 8 were
used on level, easily cut sections of grade in airport and highway

Next to this building is a large computerized machine shop
capable of handling any of the work needed to repair both the
antique and the large modern equipment. Currently it is working on
the development and testing of a so-called bomb picker for the U.S.
Navy to be used on isolated bombing ranges, where after target
practice, they can go in and pick up any duds and pieces of metal
to leave it in safe condition for future inhabitants. The machine
is actually an overgrown potato digger it will cut and lift an
eight foot wide and up to three feet deep section of earth, sift
out all metal fragments, collect them in a hopper and replace the
soil. It is powered by a Cat 328 engine and pulled by a D 8
tractor. To simulate conditions, a section of farmland with the
most rocks per acre is used and load after load of rock is picked
up leaving the soil rock-free. When the bugs are worked out this
will be quite a machine!

We then toured of the properties, roads, ponds and airfield all
in all a most pleasant visit conducted by an enthusiastic collector
of antique tractors, one who makes a rusty, beat up old piece of
iron into a pampered ‘Cat’.

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