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AC Topeka Plant - Proving Grounds

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote orangeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2019 at 11:55am
Likely the H4, HD4 and 652, 653 and 655 Crawlers were all tested at the Topeka proving grounds.  If memory serves me, Norm Swinford mentioned the AC 840 wheel loaders were also tested at Topeka as well. 

Hoping to resurrect this thread to see if Chopperhopper or others have found anything new on the Industrial Proving grounds. 

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Don't have anything to add specifically, but I live about 5 miles from the location Chopperhopper mentions.  I'll have to ask Dad if he remembers anything about that.  He would have been a little kid back then.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote orangeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 2019 at 12:10pm
Lazyts- Perfect action shot of the good ole 840's at the AC Topeka proving grounds!

Appreciate you posting it!  I wonder what was tucked away in the barn up on the hill - looks to be an excavator or backhoe off on the far left side. 

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Yes there was testing involved here i live on the property currently
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One of our tractor club members had that Oliver with the loader that picked up the bucket load on the front and dumped it in the back. He displayed it at the Ag Expo in 2017 in Omaha. He has since sold off most of his tractors, he lives near Lincoln, Neb.
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Welcome Andrew do you have any info or story's of the site. Or equipment of your own
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No not really just have an old sign and a bunch of stuff they left behind
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I hate to ask, but where out of Topeka was it that I could look on Maps?
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Out on 62nd between jennings and leedy
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Man. My 3rd attempt. And by now I'm afraid to waste any time being clever just to drop the message and pic.
I see there Andrew mentioned the sign. He's the family that had it for years. But sign ownership has changed hands. She's a 200lb 4'x8 beast with angle iron going around the borders.
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can you tell me the current address or building site of industrial equipment complex?  i go through topeka quite often and have always wondered.
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Originally posted by CAL(KS) CAL(KS) wrote:

can you tell me the current address or building site of industrial equipment complex?  i go through topeka quite often and have always wondered.
The location is listed earlier in this post
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Originally posted by NomoreJohnDeere NomoreJohnDeere wrote:

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Originally posted by SteveM C/IL SteveM C/IL wrote:

Originally posted by CAL(KS) CAL(KS) wrote:

can you tell me the current address or building site of industrial equipment complex?  i go through topeka quite often and have always wondered.
The location is listed earlier in this post
Austins link is no good. I am referring to the actual plant no the test grounds and reading back through i dont see anything.  IIRC  norms book list the address but that address is no longer valid in a search.


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Andrew gave this location for the old Proving Grounds ...

Out on 62nd between jennings and leedy

I went to GOOGLE EARTH and 62nd is several miles north of town.... and Jennings Road is a couple miles west of Highway 75 ... see below.



I tried to get a closeup of 62nd ( east west road) and between Jennings and Leedy.... i see two farms ( houses and buildings) south of 62nd... I guess CHOPPER said it is on the west corner of the box below






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