Darin and I were able to visit Norscot's headquarters in Mequon, WI last week - their facility is really nice! We were also able to check out a prototype of the new CAT 797F Mining/Quarry Truck. The details were way beyond what I expected!! Here are just a few of the features we noticed:
Boarding Ladder flips down to ground level
Side Mirrors rotate in
Rails are Metal
Engine Compartment opens to reveal engine detail
Working Steering with Linkages
Rock Knockers (the hanging down pipe-like things in the back to knock rocks from between the dual wheels)
Also, this is the brand-new Electric Drive (like a steam locomotive) that Caterpillar just announced at MinExpo in Vegas late last month. This significantly helps fuel efficiency.
The detailing was far beyond what we expected and really was impressive. I cannot wait for all of you to see it in person! It is still expected to be released later this year.
In case you have not yet checked out the info on the real Cat 797F that was introduced at MinExpo, here's Caterpillar's Press Release: click here. And, here's a video: