Marion's largest walking dragline was the 8950. They only built one and it was owned by Amax Coal Co. and operated near the town of Chandler in Southern Indiana. The machine was built in 1973 and ran into the 1990s when it was scrapped. It swung a 150 cubic yard bucket, which made it officially the world's 3rd largest dragline for many years. This moc is another of my "paper weights" i.e. it has no power functions. It was my most challenging boom to date, being that it is elliptical and somewhat latticed. RIP Marion 8950.
The last two pics recreate a famous photo in LEGO. The original shows the 8950 parked next to (or passing) one of the only two Bucyrus 3270s ever built. One 3270 was located at Ayrshire Mine (pictured) and the other was at Delta Mine in Illinois; both owned by Amax.
The photos of the 8950 were taken by my husband Jon Koenig. He operated the 8950 for about 15 years and the 3270 for about 2 years. He pure and simple loved the 8950. We think your Lego 8950 is great with all of it's details. You must have a world of patience. We have photos of men welding in the bucket that give an idea to it's magnitude and we have photos of it walking at night, that shows it's magesty. Thank you for sharing your talents. Also the 8950 was dead heading past the 3270 and it was taken by Johnny Haymaker.