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Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:22 AM

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When people think of the Lima Locomotive Works, they think of steam locomotives. Less recognized but no less important was the production of construction equipment that was used to build this country throughout the 20th century. Between 1924-81, thousands of shovels, cranes, road packers, pavers and other equipment were locally produced by the Lima Locomotive Works, Lima-Hamilton, Baldwin Lima Hamilton and Clark Equipment. Unlike the steam-powered locomotives, this equipment was fueled by gasoline, diesel and electric, making it more adaptable to time, technology and circumstances. More than 70 different models of shovels and cranes bore the familiar “Lima” trademark. How was it that a locomotive company got started producing shovels and cranes?


The Allen County Historical Society will host Bernie Moening at 2 p.m. July28. He will present a historical overview of the Lima Shovel and Crane Division.


Most people will recognize Moening as a familiar face behind the counter at the Lima Post Office. Few may realize his phenomenal expertise on locally-made shovels, cranes and heavy equipment. His father, grandfather, great-uncle and brother all worked for the Loco Works. His grandfather was a foreman at the brass foundry and his father was a sheet metal worker producing cabs for shovels and cranes. As a boy, he would go to the factory and watch the men test Lima cranes in the testing field.

“I would hear my father talk about some of the machines they built but didn’t take a serious interest until my father passed away in 1983,” he said.

Moening is a 1969 graduate of Lima Senior High School and life member of the Cridersville Historical Society. He retired from the Lima Post Office in 2006, where he worked for more than 36 years. Moening provides historical consulting on Lima-made shovels and cranes.

This program is free and open to the public.

The Allen County Museum is located at 620 W. Market St., Lima.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:14 AM

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