10 Caterpillar Diesel Sixties Help Build Albert Canal in Belgium

1931 was a momentous year for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. This was the year we produced our first diesel-powered tractor, the Diesel Sixty, a machine that revolutionized the world of earthmoving and an innovation that remains relevant even today.

But in the early 1930s, diesel technology was relatively untested in the tractor industry. It would be very forward-thinking and brave consumers who would take a chance on the promises this new machine had to offer. That’s why it was so significant when, in 1932, the Belgian contractors Duman and Van Dervin bought a fleet of Diesel Sixties, 10 of our first 25 machines, for their work building the Albert Canal. The canal itself was named after a Belgian king, and we think it’s fitting that our Diesel Sixty was the regal father of all Caterpillars.

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