BRADLEY - The Maine Forest and Logging Museum has unveiled its fully functional log hauler, after 30 years of restorations.
"We have always talked about the Lombard. The Lombard, the Lombard, one of these days it's going to work," says Anette Rodrigues, a member of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Board.
But it's taken longer than expected. The log hauler has been with the Maine Forest and Logging Museum since the 80's but there have been a series of challenges.
"The problems were in some cases insurmountable. They needed real professional help," explains Bob Frank, another member of the board, "Parts had to be made. Parts had to be found on other machines."
Thirty years after trying to get the correct pieces to repair it, it took the University of Maine to step in, making the coolest senior project possible.
"You really can't beat this. It's been a fantastic experience. Lots of learning going on trying to bring back hundred year old technology," says UMaine student Emmett Hodder.
What's next for the Lombard may surprise you, as the museum is thinking of holding driving lessons.
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