The new winter team is getting to know all of the machinery and equipment at Mawson. This week Brian the station mechanical supervisor made the most of good driving conditions to test run the big red Foremost Pioneer up to the big red shed.
Since the early 1980s the Pioneer has been used as an over snow vehicle for a variety of uses across Australian Antarctic stations including deep field traverses and water haulage. According to Brian, the Pioneer sadly doesn’t sound quite as good as it did when he last drove it in 1986 — since that time the 6–71 Detroit engine has been replaced with a 3306 CAT.
With big blue skies and sunny days at Mawson this week, we have had the perfect conditions for some self timed group photos to mark the start of our season. With the Pioneer parked near our living quarters on this sunny day we took the opportunity for it to be a great back drop to our team photo.